Summertime is the season of backyard get-togethers and spending some much-needed time outdoors. As you dust off the folding chairs and bring out the yard games, you may begin to worry about certain pests that could crash the party and ruin the fun.
Wasp season is here in North Texas, so now is the time to start getting ready. These pesky critters can be a real nuisance, but there are some things you can do to prepare your property and minimize your wasp interactions this summer.
All About Wasps
Known for their black and yellow bee-like look, wasps have created a pretty rough reputation for themselves. The incessant buzzing and painful stings to those who come too close in contact with them make them an annoying pest to have in any backyard.
Please note: If you are stung by a wasp and begin showing signs of severe swelling, hives, itchiness, wheezing, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
Wasps, however, have an important place in our ecosystem, just like all living things. Young wasps need protein and will eat insects and spiders. Without wasps, we’d see an increase in all kinds of creepy, crawly bugs. Adult wasps feed on sugar and as they hunt for nectar, they unknowingly help with pollination.
Keeping Wasps Away
While they may be an important part of our world, we understand why you wouldn’t want a large wasp nest in your backyard! Here are some ways you can avoid becoming a wasp’s home:
Maintain Your Home and Yard
Wasps will look for sheltered areas to build their nests in. Common nesting places include:
Avoid making your house a home for them by repairing broken siding and removing rotted wood.
The more insects around your property, the better for a wasp nest. Consistently mowing the lawn and trimming bushes and trees will lessen the amount of insects in your yard, making it less appealing to wasps. You should also remove any standing water from bird baths, buckets, or gutters.
Routine pest control services will also assist in keeping the bugs at bay, which will subsequently reduce the wasp sightings on your property. Contact Paragon Pest Control to schedule pest services.
If you’re throwing a get together and are worried about wasps swarming in on the fun, there are a few things you can do. If you have food outside, make sure to keep it covered when not serving. Keep an eye on cups of soda and lemonade and cover them when possible. Wasps love to sneak a sugary taste!
After the party, bring all of the food, plates, cutlery, cups, and serving trays back inside, being sure to not miss any. If there were any spills on the porch, furniture, sidewalk, or garbage cans, take the hose and spray them down.
All of these steps will limit the amount of tempting treats for wasps.
Getting Rid of Wasps
If a wasp nest has already formed on your property, don’t panic. Wasp nests can be dangerous and must be handled with care and thought. Even if the nest seems small, you should never attempt to destroy one on your own. Wasp stings are painful and can cause serious allergic reactions for some.
Instead, contact a team of professionals like Paragon Pest Control! Unless you take proper action against wasps, they will continue to multiply and come back to your property time after time.
Our team will take care of disposing of wasp nests, as well as proofing your home in order to help avoid future infestations. If you are in need of wasp prevention today, give us a call at (972) 449-4233 to book your appointment.