What To Do About Wasps Around Your Idaho Falls Property
September 15, 2021 - Wasps
When was the last time you were stung by a wasp? Unless you spend a lot of time outdoors, chances are the last time you were attacked by one of these stinging insects was when you were a kid. What is interesting is that if this is the case, you probably still take precautions every time you see these pests buzzing around outdoors. Why? Because you don't have to be shown twice that wasps cause pain. If you have noticed wasps around your Idaho Falls property recently and are looking to avoid being stung, here are some things you should know.
Things That Draw Wasps Onto Properties
Wasps are common territorial pests in Idaho Falls that like to establish their homes near areas where they can find food. These pests live on a diet of sweets and meats, and some common foods they scavenge for around properties include pollen, honeydew, insects, larvae, fruits, berries, dead animals, pet food, and left out or discarded beverages and food scraps. To make your property less attractive to invasive wasps, remove as many of these attractants as possible. A few ways to do this include picking up fruits and berries as they drop into your yard, making sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids, cleaning up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings, and feeding your pets indoors.
Where Wasps Build Their Nests
Not all wasps build their nests in the same way. Some build their homes out of chewed-up cellulose; others construct mud tubes on the side of buildings. Yellow jackets and paper wasps will even build underground inside holes or abandoned burrows. These nests are especially troublesome as people often step on them.
Some Strategies To Deter Wasps
If wasps regularly invade your property, then there must be things that are drawing them there. To help you reduce wasp attractants, here are some helpful prevention tips:
- Store your outdoor trash cans in a safe location and make sure they have tight-fitting, pest-proof lids to keep out hungry wasps.
- Clean up fruits and berries that drop into your yard before wasps find them.
- After eating outdoors, pick up leftover food and discard or store away beverage containers.
- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors or clean out their bowls after they finish every meal.
- Consider removing flowers and other budding plants from your property.
Can You Eliminate Nests On Your Own?
The larger a wasp's nest is, the more likely it is you'll be stung when you try to destroy it or knock it down. One good rule to follow when dealing with nests on your property is that if one is larger than a golf ball, you should not try to handle it on your own. Wasps rarely sting people when away from their nest but will relentlessly swarm and attack if they feel their home is threatened. Even if you are not allergic to wasp venom, enough stings from these pests will most likely require medical assistance.
The Best Solution To Wasp Infestations
If you have recently found a wasp nest on your property or suspect these pests are nesting nearby, let the professionals at TrueShield Pest Control come out to have a look. We will evaluate your property for threats and remove any nests we find, saving you the trouble and sparing you the pain of stings from these nasty pests. Call us now to discover more about our wasp control methods and schedule your Idaho Fall property for a service visit to have wasps removed.