June 16, 2020
What The Experts Want You To Know About Wasps In Montgomery
Wasps, bees, hornets… how much do you actually know about the many kinds of stinging insects that live in Texas? To help you protect your family, we are talking about common wasps in the area, benefits and dangers of wasps, and some prevention tips and information about who to call for help with these stinging pests.
How To Identify Wasps
There are many different species of wasps. Even yellow jackets and hornets are types of wasps. (But not all wasps are hornets.) Sound confusing? Let’s get into some of the wasps you might find in your Montgomery back yard, and maybe we can clear some things up.
- Bald-faced hornets are not actually hornets, but instead, fall into the category of yellow jacket. They’re mostly black and they are not often a problem for homeowners because these hornets are less aggressive and build their nests high in trees where they are less likely to be disturbed.
- Paper wasps, however, often build nests near homes. You might find their paper-like nests under eaves, in sheds, in bushes, or even in playgrounds. Paper wasps can be reddish brown or dark brown with yellow markings.
- Mud daubers are not social insects. Each mud dauber builds its own nest out of mud, usually in high, protected areas and often along the exterior of a home.
- Yellow jackets are hairless black and yellow insects. While they may build their nests around the eaves of your home, but they can also make subterranean nests. These underground nests are especially dangerous since you are more likely to disturb them by accident and anger them, causing them to swarm.
Wasps: The Good And The Bad
We know why wasps are problematic. They sting! Unlike bees, wasps can sting multiple times. And since they mostly live in large colonies, you may get stung several times by several wasps. Even for people without allergies to insect stings, the reaction to multiple stings can be severe.
But let's cover the benefits of wasps as well. Wasps are an essential element of the circle of life. These pollinators keep many of our essential crops alive. In addition to pollination, wasps eat several crop pests. We need to protect these important insects while also protecting our families.
Prevention For Wasps
The best way to accomplish this is to prevent wasps from settling down on your property. In order to prevent an infestation, you need to know what attracts them. Wasps are attracted by protected places to make their nests and by the proximity of food. They are attracted to flowers, sugars, and proteins. To try to dissuade them from building nests on your property:
- Plant flower gardens far from your home and your kids’ play areas.
- Store garbage in sealed containers.
- Cover food and drinks when eating outside.
- Bring in all food and drinks once you’re done.
- Clean any food messes outside.
- Remove outdoor water sources as much as possible.
The next part of wasp prevention is increased awareness. Make a routine of checking your yard and the exterior of your home for nests. At the first sign of a nest, call the professionals, since we can more easily remove nests early on.
If you have more questions or need assistance with wasp prevention, elimination, or relocation, call Bill Clark Pest Control. We understand that wasps are important pollinators that are essential for the earth. However, we also understand why you don’t want them nesting in your yard and putting your family at risk.
Call us to find out how we can help clear your yard of wasps and relieve you of the worry that comes with a wasp infestation--no matter what kind of wasp it is.
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