April 14, 2021

All The Ways You Attract Wasps To Your Montgomery Property

Montgomery is football country, barbecue country, and front porch sunset-watchin’ country. If you’ve lived in Montgomery long enough, you know it’s the best kind of place for outdoor fun. However, wasps have something else in mind besides a peaceful afternoon. When wasps invade your outdoor activities, they’re not only a nuisance, but they can be dangerous as well. If you understand what’s attracting wasps onto your property, you can avoid the health hazards that wasps can bring.

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All In The Family

While you might think you know what a wasp looks like, you’re probably thinking of a paper wasp (dark brown/red, skinny, relatively long body, and somehow very evil-looking). However, paper wasps are just one kind of wasp that will invade Montgomery properties. There are two other nasty creatures in the wasp family: hornets and yellowjackets.
All wasps have the skinny “waist” area that separates their abdomen from their stinger (which is one of the best ways to distinguish a wasp from a bee). However, yellow jackets and hornets have distinguishing features too. Yellowjackets are a little more slender than hornets, which have a wide-set body. Yellowjackets are also the most social of all wasps, and, like paper wasps, prefer to make aerial nests below outdoor deck ceilings or up in trees. Hornets, on the other hand, prefer to nest in holes in the ground, creating a hazard when you walk through the yard barefoot.  
Another attribute that separates wasps from bees is the ability to sting multiple times without injuring themselves. Multiple wasp stings can be very dangerous, even sending victims into anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal. Yet another concerning fact about wasps is how viciously they defend their nests. Wasps emit a distress signal when a nest is disturbed, alerting nearby wasps to come to its defense. Multiple stings from multiple wasps could leave you severely injured or worse.

Reducing Wasp Attraction

Unfortunately, you could be inviting wasps onto your property without even knowing it. Since wasps are difficult to keep out (unless you have a giant screen dome around your entire backyard), you should focus on finding ways to limit their attraction to your property. The best way to reduce your chances of incurring wasp nests around outdoor areas include:

  • Monitoring potential food sources: wasps are highly attracted to any source of sugar. They usually invade your outdoor get-togethers in search of sugary drinks (so check your soda can before you take a painful sip). You’ll also need to get rid of hummingbird feeders with sugar water if you have wasp issues.
  • Secure garbage and compost sources: easy access to garbage and compost can attract wasps. They’ll set up nests anywhere they think an easy food source is available. Trash cans should always be closed with a tightly secured lid.
  • Spotting nests: whenever you see a nest, getting rid of it promptly will discourage further infestation. However, getting rid of nests yourself can be very dangerous, so make sure to call a professional in order to deal with the situation.
  • Vegetation: Vegetation: Any plants in your yard that grow fruit can attract wasps quickly because of the sugar. Make sure to pick up any fallen fruit in the yard promptly. Keep in mind that wasps are averse to other plants like wormwood, spearmint, and thyme.

Remember: don’t try and deal with an existing wasp problem yourself. For effective wasp protection advice and safe eradication solutions, contact Bill Clark Pest Control today.


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