A Sting Operation: How Pest Control Services Deal With Wasps

Posted on: 6 January 2023

Wherever humans dwell, wasps are never far away. The abundance of nesting sites and food in urban environments means that wasps often become a nuisance from late spring to late summer. If wasps often plague your home when warm weather arrives, you may need the help of a pest control service.

A good pest control service can prevent wasps, eliminate wasps, and ensure that wasps don't return.

Property inspection to reveal possible problem areas

Wasp queens hibernate throughout the cold months of winter. Then, in April, wasp queens emerge from their hiding places to search for suitable nesting sites. To support a wasp nest, a location needs to be well-sheltered and have an abundance of food in the area. This is why homes and gardens are a popular choice for wasp queens looking to build a new nest.

The first thing a pest control service will do is inspect your home to identify possible nesting locations. Home maintenance can eliminate possible nesting sites. As such, a pest control service will identify areas that need maintenance and then inform you, so you can carry out the necessary maintenance. Preventative home maintenance might include filling holes and cracks and trimming bushes.

Preventative treatments to prevent wasps from nesting

After the inspection, a pest control service can then apply insecticide treatments to high-risk areas around your home. High-risk areas around a residential property include decks, gutters, fences, light fixtures, sheds, soffits, vents, and windows. Treating these areas with insecticide will prevent wasps and bees from building nests on or around your property.

Pest control to remove the pests that serve as wasp food

Wasps need a stable food supply to feed their growing nests. The most common insects that wasps prey on are:

  • Ants
  • Aphids
  • Bees
  • Caterpillars
  • Flies
  • Grasshoppers
  • Spiders

A pest control service can deprive wasps of food around your home by helping you prevent and eliminate the favorite food sources of wasps. Pesticides can eliminate and prevent insects from becoming abundant in your garden. You can also help by trimming your plants and trees.

Pest control to remove existing wasp nests from your home

If wasps have already built a nest on or around your home, a pest control service can remove that nest for you. Sometimes, pest controllers remove nests at night, when the inhabitants of the nest are all in the nest. To remove a nest safely, pest controllers first spray pesticide onto the nest to limit activity, and then remove the nest.

If you have a wasp problem, or you want to prevent a future wasp problem, hire a wasp control service.