Insects have always been a part of the Canadian outdoor experience, whether at barbecues, soccer matches, or picnics in the back yard. When pests strike fear in your family and friends, however, it is time to take steps to handle the problem.
We are familiar with stingers in general, but how much do we know about wasp control in particular? Are they hazardous? How best to eliminate a nest? These questions and others are answered here.
How do I differentiate them from a bee?
The two are often confused for each other, but differences exist that set them apart. Wasps tend to have a longer, smoother body and lack the “fuzzy” appearance of a bumble bee. They also have slender legs and a more distinct separation between the mid- and rear- section.
Are they dangerous?
Another difference is that wasps are predatory insects and are therefore more aggressive. They are able to sting multiple times, unlike the bee who loses its ability to sting after the first time.
The pests are venomous insects, and depending on the person a single sting could result in a serious reaction. Upsetting an entire nest can, of course, result in numerous stings that could prove fatal to even the healthiest person.
When are they at their peak?
The stingers are seasonal creatures and are generally most active in the warmer months from June to September. Early autumn, before freezing temperatures arrive, is when wasps are most aggressive as they prepare for hibernation.
What should I do if I find a nest?
Unlike other insect problems that can be handled by finding pest control products in the city, dealing with a nest is always best left to the professionals. Even the slightest wrong move could provoke the nest-sometimes containing 1000+ stingers-into attack mode.
How is a nest removed?
A qualified pest control technician will spray a potent dust into the nest that coats the insects and kills them. The bulk of the process usually takes a few hours and should eliminate the threat in one treatment. A follow-up appointment may be necessary to kill any still lingering
How do I keep them away?
Once the nest activity is eliminated, it is a good idea to measures wasp control in the future. When dining outside, try to keep food indoors until it is time to eat, and keep meat covered until ready to barbecue. Garbage and compost bins should always be sealed tight.
While there is little to be done about the occasional stinger, be on the lookout for signs of a nest on your property. What may seem like a benign situation one moment could escalate to an emergency the next. Call a reputable pest control company if you notice increased activity.