Wasp Prevention 101: Steps You Can Take To Keep Wasps At Bay In Sacramento
August 31, 2023 - Stinging Insects
In the summer, wasp control is an important part of pest control in Sacramento. Wasps are difficult pests to deal with because they nest in hidden and difficult-to-access places, not to mention the fact that they can sting multiple times and are often quite aggressive. Keep reading to learn more about these stinging insects, including what they look like, the dangers they can bring, and how to prevent and control them with help from Explorer Pest Management.
Distinctive Wasp Characteristics: How To Identify Wasps
Bees and wasps in Sacramento look similar in a lot of ways, so sometimes it can be difficult to tell them apart. However, there are some marked differences between the species. One of the biggest differences is the fact that bees are thicker than wasps. Where bees are bulky, wasps are long and narrow. Bees also do not have the defined, narrow waists that wasps do.
Another major difference between bees and wasps is that bees are hairy while wasps are smooth. Bees are covered in fuzz, especially on their legs and abdomens. Even wasps that have similar patterns to bees, such as paper wasps, will not have hair like this.
The Dangers Of Wasps: Health Risks And Property Damage
The most obvious danger of wasps is their stings. These insects are not like bees in that they can sting as many times as they want and not die. Some types of wasps are also highly aggressive. They will swarm and attack anything they perceive as a threat to their nests.
Not only are wasp stings painful and potentially dangerous in high numbers, but they can also cause anaphylactic shock in people who have allergies to insect venom. Severe cases of anaphylaxis can lead to hospitalization, injury, and even death.
Aside from the health risks that wasps pose, they can also do some amount of property damage. Aerial wasps can sometimes scratch or bore into the siding of your home. Ground nesting wasps may also expand the size of existing holes in your yard.
Strategies For Wasp Prevention: Effective Tips And Tricks
Wasp prevention doesn't have to be a huge hassle. Wasps can be stubborn pests, but with a few tips and tricks, you can make your house a lot less attractive to them and encourage them to nest somewhere else:
Keep outdoor garbage tightly covered.
Get rid of attractants like hummingbird feeders.
Harvest fruits and vegetables from gardens as soon as they ripen.
Fill holes in the ground to deter ground-nesting wasps.
Taking these measures can help make your home less attractive to wasps, which can encourage them to nest in wilder areas where they belong.
Safe and Effective Wasp Removal: Contact Us Right Away!
If you wind up with a wasp infestation, do not attempt to do your own wasp removal. Trying to remove aggressive social wasps like yellow jackets or hornets can trigger a violent and prolonged attack that can leave you with dozens, if not hundreds, of stings. Without the proper safety equipment, removing wasps is not a good idea.
For the best home pest control in the Sacramento area, trust the experts here at Explorer Pest Management. Not only do we have all of the proper equipment to ensure that we can effectively remove wasps without endangering ourselves or the property's residents, but we also stay on top of the latest and greatest wasp control technologies that can help us get rid of your entire infestation and make sure it is gone for good.
So don't put yourself in danger trying to get the wasps off your property on your own. Give Explorer Pest Management a call or visit our contact page to schedule wasp control services today!