As the summer season continues to move forward, the wasp population continues to grow. Wasps can become quite a problem if you're planning a backyard barbecue and have a wasp nest nearby. As the summer progresses, wasps commonly become more and more aggressive.
Bald-faced hornets and yellow jackets like to make a nest under decks, in bushes, in the ground or in trees. The hanging nests can grow to be the size of a basketball or even bigger. Sometimes you may not know that there is a nest until you disturb it. Once disturbed, the wasps become very agitated and you'll find yourself running for cover very quickly.
Prevent wasp nests from forming
Here are a few things you can do to help prevent the creation of a wasp nest on your property:
- Remove any fruit that has fallen from trees
- Treat any exposed wood
- Look for any hollow entry points along windowsills, decks and driveways and seal them up
- Make sure that your outdoor garbage cans are closed tightly
- Cover any proteins and sweet drinks that you may be enjoying outside
- Place wasp traps along the edge of your property
If you discover a nest
If you plan on handling the nest yourself, look for a spray that can reach a minimum of 4.6 m. This will reduce the chances of getting stung by the wasps. These products are available at most hardware and home improvement stores in the local area. The best time to spray the nest is before sunrise or after sunset. Wasps are more active during the day.
If you are allergic to wasp stings you should never try to handle a wasp nest on your own. Call up a professional pest control company to help you get rid of the nest.