You may be worried when you see wasps around your home frequently. It's normal to see wasps occasionally, and the insects are beneficial since they eat other bugs and spiders. However, if you've had a painful sting in the past or if someone in your family has a stinging insect allergy, you probably want the wasps eliminated if possible so they stay away from your home. Here's how an exterminator can help with wasp control.
Identify The Wasps
It sometimes helps to know the type of wasp you're dealing with since different types of wasps build their nests in different places. Mud daubers are common wasps that like to build their nests on the sides of homes. Yellow jackets are more aggressive and have painful stings. They might build nests inside gaps in your siding or cracks in the house. Some wasps build their nests on the ground and others build them on the backs of plants.
Once the wasps are identified, the exterminator knows where to look for nests. They'll examine the outside of your house as well as the ground and foundation plants to look for nests. Some nests are small, while others can get quite large.
Apply Insecticide To The Nests
The exterminator will probably remove all the nests they find, but they might want to kill the wasps first so they don't get aggressive when the nest is attacked. They can apply insecticide directly to the nest and give it a chance to kill the wasps inside. Once that's done, they'll remove the nest so new wasps don't move in later.
Use Wasp Control Treatments
It may not be possible to eliminate wasps from your property completely, especially if you have fruit trees that attract them, but the exterminator might use wasp control treatments to keep the wasps away from your home. This reduces the risk of kids and pets getting stung. It also reduces the risk of wasps flying into your home when you open the door.
The exterminator might put out bait or wasp traps that kill wasps before they can settle and start making nests on your house again.
Remove Things That Attract Wasps
The exterminator may talk to you about changes you can make to the outside of your home to quit attracting wasps. Wasps come near your home in search of food and shelter. You might need to remove plants around your foundation that attract wasps and replace them with plants that have a reputation for repelling wasps, such as mint and basil.
Filling small holes in your entry or sidewalk might help too since individual wasps sometimes live in holes in the ground or on the side of your house. For more information on wasp control, contact a professional near you.