A Practical Guide To Wasp Control For Wilmington Property Owners

6/19/2020

It’s almost impossible to go out on a spring or summer day and not see a wasp in Wilmington. For many, the sight is enough to instill fear. To prevent wasps from ruining your time outside, learn all about wasps and how you can keep them away from your property.

mud dauber wasp on pavement

It’s almost impossible to go out on a spring or summer day and not see a wasp in Wilmington. For many, the sight is enough to instill fear. To prevent wasps from ruining your time outside, learn all about wasps and how you can keep them away from your property.

Which Wasps Live In Wilmington?

Several types of wasps can be found in Wilmington and surrounding areas. Although paper wasps are one of the most common species in the region, there are others that you may encounter.
The mud dauber, great black wasp, and spider wasp are all frequent fliers in Wilmington. Although all wasps have some differences in appearance, they have a few basic similarities as well. They tend to have pinched waists and two sets of wings. Generally, they vary in color from black or brown to metallic green.

Are Wasps Dangerous?

Wasps are pollinators, which means they are great for the environment. However, they aren’t considered beneficial for Wilmington property owners. If you have wasps on your property, there’s a chance you or your family members could suffer from painful stings.

At the very least, wasp stings are painful. They often cause pain and swelling at the site of the sting. At the worst, wasp stings can be deadly. If someone is allergic to wasp venom, they may experience the following:

  • Swelling beyond the site of the sting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives on the body
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Breathing difficulties

One of the problems with wasps is that they are aggressive. If you bother a nest, you can end up with multiple stings. Some species of wasps are relentless and will continue to sting you until they don’t perceive a threat. In addition to being painful, this increases your chance of needing medical intervention.

Tips For Wasp Prevention

There’s no one way to control wasps on your own. However, there are a few ways in which you can deter wasps from nesting on your property. With these tips, you might be able to keep the pests at bay.

  • Make prime nesting locations unavailable. Some wasp species like to nest in sheds, under eaves, and in lofts. If you can seal up those spaces, wasps won’t be able to build nests and will head elsewhere. Check your home and find ways to make prime spots for nests inaccessible. As you do, look for existing wasp nests. If you find one avoid disturbing it and hire a professional to safely remove it.
  • Keep your garbage bins sealed tightly. Although not all wasps are attracted to garbage, some are. If your garbage is left open, wasps and other insects will be drawn to it. Eliminate this threat by using garbage bins that have secure lids and store them as far from your home as possible.
  • Have tight screens on your doors and windows. If you don’t have good screens on your doors or windows, it’s time to replace them. A wasp could wander into your home through a broken screen or a screenless window. By securing your windows and doors, you’ll prevent wasps from coming into your home and endangering your family.
  • Find and treat nests early. It may be too late for you to prevent wasps, but it’s never too late to eliminate them.

Removing an infestation on your own is a dangerous business. People often misuse wasp sprays. Attempting to remove a nest on your own could result in wasp stings.

Instead of putting yourself in danger, contact the professionals at Jay Taylor Exterminating. We have the tools and resources needed to safely remove and eliminate wasps from your property. Call us today to get started.

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