Wacky Pest Wednesday: Wasps

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Happy Wednesday to all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday.  Please join us today, as we go over a springtime pest that you’re guaranteed to see once the weather turns for the better: the wasp.

Out of all the flying insects that populate the springtime air, the wasp is certainly one that you want to avoid.  Unlike their other buzzing, yellow counterpart—the bee—wasps have the ability to sting repeatedly, and because of this, tend to be much more liberal regarding when they choose to sting.  Simply walking past one of these critters could trigger a sting, so it is imperative to remember to keep your distance from these pests.

Furthermore, not only do they sting more often and with a greater force, but a wasp that stings will also release a pheromone into the air that will attract other wasps to the scene.  This tactic is typically used to ward off predators from a wasp nest, and it could be one of the worst things to experience should you be mistaken for a threat.

With all of this being said, we ask that you heed our advice when dealing with a wasp nest.  For example, do not go after it with a baseball bat. Sure, one solid hit will break the nest into pieces, but then you have the corresponding fallout of dozens of angry wasps heading your way.  In addition, using spray-from-afar cans of insecticide will most likely produce the same effect: the nest will be killed, but the several wasps still standing will undoubtedly charge your way.

However, despite all of this, wasps are actually pretty beneficial to the ecosystem.  Thanks to their insatiable appetite of pests, they do wonders to keep gardens and crops safe from many devastating critters, such as beetles and aphids.  Therefore, every wasp nest you see will not have to be dealt with, but those directly on your property should be taken down for the safety of you and your family.

If you do find a wasp nest on your property, don’t panic.  So long as you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you. Just head back inside, pick up the phone, and give us a call—we’ll be there in no time to remove it safely and humanely.  

Enjoy your Wednesday!

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