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The Stinging Insects Are Back


Every year it's the same thing: wasps, yellow jackets, and bees, start building -or rebuilding- their populations. But what do you do when carpenter bees start trying to crawl up into your eaves or wasps begin to build nests under your overhangs? What do you do when yellow jackets find a hole in your lawn or in your shed, and start secretly growing a colony? It is only a matter of time before you stumble upon one of these nests and find an unhappy surprise. Something as simple as the vibrations from your lawn mower can disturb those yellow jackets enough to swarm and attack. Here are some quick things to consider when you start seeing stinging insects flying around your home.

  • Your first line of defense are your windows. Stinging insects are hole finders. If you have any gap in your siding, window frame, screen or screen border, they will find it and exploit it. It is extremely important to check your screens for holes or tears and seal exterior walls and window frames.
  • Have you ever opened your sliding glass door and had a stinging insect fly in--even though the outside screen door was closed? If you have, you might have weather stripping that isn't seating properly, or you may have allowed it to come in when you closed your screen door earlier. Always look closely before opening your sliding doors, and be sure to always close your sliding screen door, even if you intend to have the glass door closed.
  • Stinging insects are attracted to sweets. When you sit on your deck, patio or balcony, be careful of the smells you're putting out. Perfume, fruit juice and the smell of some other foods can draw stinging insects in.

There are many ways to keep stinging insects from plaguing you in spring, summer and fall, but none are more effective than having stinging insect nests removed from your property and treating any problem areas. When you partner with a company like Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, you don't have to worry, we are happy to take care of any stinging insects problems that you have. When your property is free of nests, you'll have fewer bees, wasps and yellow jackets flying around your exterior walls, crawling on your screens and slipping past your weather stripping.

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