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How to Identify Wasps + How to Get Rid of Them


Many of the signs of spring and summer are welcome to people. So let’s flashback to childhood with a little game of which one of these is not like the other: the birds are chirping, grass is growing, flowers are blooming and wasps are stinging. Nothing can put a damper on some fun outside like wasps can! A wasp flying around your child’s head, buzzing around the grill while you’re cooking up some barbecue, hiding under the steps of your back porch isn’t anything one wants to deal with. For many, this insect is one of the unwelcome parts of this time of year.

Wasps live in small colonies and build nests out of a paper-like material. Those nests are most often found hanging from branches or shrubs, from the top of windows or door frames, eaves, attic rafters, door joints, porch ceilings, deck floors and even railings. This insect is a combination of black, yellow, brown and orange. There are several species of paper wasp in Missouri but they all follow pretty much the same habits and have the same characteristics.

Wasps are not known for being aggressive insects. They are usually considered to be more of an annoyance than anything else, but they will sting if they feel threatened or if they think their nest is in danger. Wasp stings can be quite painful and are capable of causing an allergic reaction. If you come across a nest on your property, you should not approach it or try to take it down on your own. The more times you are stung by a wasp the higher the risk of serious allergic reaction, and when you approach a wasp nest, you are asking for trouble. It is important to contact St Louis pest control professionals to take care of wasp removal for you.

There are some ways that you can make your property less appealing to wasps and other stinging insects. One of the best ways to handle wasps is to be proactive and try to limit them and their interference with your outdoor activities rather than to try to get rid of wasps. Give these tips a try:

  • Keep food sources, including pet food inside. If you are going to have food outside for a picnic or BBQ, be sure that their containers are covered appropriately and whenever not in use.

  • Keep your trash in covered bins and as far away from your home and used yard space as possible

  • Make sure any cracks and crevices in your home are sealed

  • Avoid wearing perfumes, and bright colors

  • Do not swat at them if they fly around you. Stay as calm as possible.

If wasps are already a problem for you or you have a nest on your property that needs to be removed, contact the professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions to take care of it for you. Don’t let wasps and other stinging insects make your spring and summer anything less than enjoyable!

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