When the days are warmer and nights are longer, wasps begin to show up. They set up their nests near homes, and fly swiftly around entryways and doors, and they sting only when they feel threatened. There are more than 30,000 species of wasps, and although they have a significant role to play in the food chain, some of them are pests to humans. Therefore, before you attempt to get rid of wasps, it is important to know which of them are potentially harmful.
Learn more about wasps and ways to do pest control for home. If needed, you may have to do commercial pest control to safely get rid of the wasps from your property.
How to Keep Wasps Away
How to Get Rid of Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets and Paper Wasps
Bees vs. Wasps
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Common Species of Wasps and How to Identify Them
What Attracts Wasps?
Following are the reasons why wasps are attracted to the yards and lawns.
- Flowers and plants attract also them to your backyard.
- Patios and other outdoor eating areas with leftover food crumbs or sticky soda spills that are not cleaned up attract wasps.
- Uncovered and irregularly emptied garbage cans attract them too.
- Homes with a lot of insects and spiders become food developing and mature wasps.
- Popular wasp nesting spots are soffits, eaves, and gutters on home exteriors.
Wasps can ruin your outdoor activities. While they rarely sting, they can turn hostile if threatened or provoked. Their stings are painful but are generally non-threatening unless you are allergic to the wasp’s venom.
Signs of Wasp Infestation
Look for these signs to know if you have a wasp problem in your home:
- Wasps flying around your property
- Chewed wood and holes or tunnels in wooden surfaces on the exterior of your home
- Visible wasp nests made from chewed wood or mud particles
Use protective clothing on (protective clothing, gloves, goggles) while inspecting. Follow the below steps to get ready for inspection:
Wasp Stings and Their Allergic Reactions
When wasps sting, a majority of people experience slight soreness and redness at the point of attack. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you are allergic to the sting. If the person is allergic, the symptoms are much more pronounced. In allergic reactions, the immune system overreacts. Such kind of reactions are usually caused by paper wasps and can vary from being irritable to being life-threatening. Below are some allergic reactions to wasp sting:
- Rashes or breakouts on the skin away from the point of attack.
- Lightheadedness or headaches that may cause seizures or suppress your ability to concentrate or think.
- Difficulty breathing due to the swollen glands that block the airflow in the body. If you experience this symptom, get immediate professional help.
- Anaphylaxisis a life-threatening allergic reaction. This includes rapid or weak pulse, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and a tingling sensation in the body. This needs a prescription for an epinephrine autoinjector that reduces the symptoms immediately.