So you think you have got a wasp problem? Are you sure you have wasp infestation? Is the infestation big enough to hire professionals? Or can you handle it yourself? In this article, we will learn to identify wasps, determine if you have an infestation, look at some DIY remedies to avoid, and determine when you need to call a wasp exterminator.
What are wasps?
A wasp is an insect that typically shows up around the summertime. They have two pairs of wings and a pinched waist. They are a combination of black to metallic greens to blues and can be up to several centimeters long. Wasps sting, and build nests in gardens! If you are sensitive to wasp stings, it can send you in an anaphylaxis shock and requires emergency medical assistance. Wasps usually do not attack unprovoked. However, if a wasp feels attacked, it releases a pheromone to call for assistance. You might end up being attacked by a hundred angry wasps! This can make them an outright nuisance and makes it necessary to exterminate them properly.
Recognizing a wasp nest
If you look around and find an increasing number of wasps around your home or work, there is a likelihood that there is a wasps nest nearby. One wasp nest can host up to 5000 wasps during peak summertime! These nests are lightweight, waterproof, and durable. Wasps build these incredible structures with saliva and chewed-up wood! You are likely to find these nests under the trees or in bushes or a garage and come in all shapes and sizes. If you find a considerably sized wasp nest, call a wasp exterminator immediately! The earlier you hangle a nest, the less aggressive the colony of wasps would be. You must not wait for the problem to get out of hand.
What do wasp exterminators do?
If you decide to call an exterminator, it is important to know what services they provide and how. Typical wasp extermination goes about the following steps:
- Inspection: A wasp exterminator will inspect the area to come up with an effective treatment for the infestation
- Documentation: They will make up a plan and document all services you require. This plan of action and price sheet will be given to you so you can make your decision about what to do.
- Environment control: Wasps grow in certain environments such as flowers and plants, garbage cans that are not properly covered, and properties with abundant insects and spiders. The exterminator will educate you about the changes you need to make in your daily lives to ensure that you keep pests away.
- Exclusion: They will make it hard for wasps to get inside your property by making necessary changes that may have been causing the wasps to be attracted to your property.
- Nest removal: The exterminator determines what method is best to remove the nest such as traps, light modification, mechanical and insecticidal controls, physical removal. And then safely implement the procedure.
- Sanitation: They will clean the area and rid of any food sources for the wasp to prevent any future infestations.
What NOT to do?
You may have some DIY ideas to save money. But remember that wasps are aggressive insects and one wrong step can send you to the ER. Some ideas to forsake are outlined below:
- Burning a wasp nest
Wasps make their nest with a papery substance produced by chewing wood. The nests are extremely flammable. If you are not careful, the fire can get violently out of control. You might end up burning your property and even yourself. Moreover, if all wasps didn’t die, the ones alive will attack you for certain!
Do not attempt to flood a nest because it would end up enraging the wasps and leave you vulnerable to an attack by some very aggressive wasps.
- Hit it with a bat
If you choose this method, needless to say, you are inviting a raging herd of wasps to attack you! Don’t do it.
If you have a serious infestation, it is a safe bet to call a wasp exterminator and let the professionals handle it.