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Preparing For The Return Of Stinging Insects To New Castle

March 25, 2020

 

You know they're going to return. They appear every year. You'll see them around flower beds and potted plants and exploring your lawn for flowered weeds. They are insects that can sting you. But, for the most part, it is fine if they pay a visit to your property. Bees, wasps, and hornets help with pollination, which is important for the plants in our yards. Problems occur when they decide to create a nest in your yard.

Why Nests Should Be Addressed Immediately

You may not be too concerned about some stinging insects when you see them buzzing around in your yard because you know, for the most part, they're going to leave you alone if you leave them alone. But a hidden nest can present an unexpected threat. Most stinging pests have a nest-protection instinct.  If you get too close to a nest while tending to your landscaping, or you run your mower too close to a nest, you could find yourself in a world of hurtin'. The best way to prevent stings during the spring, summer, and fall is to locate nests early and remove them. Consider having this done by a licensed professional. It is easy to get busy with life and not think about doing routine checks for nests. And when nests are found, it can be tricky business trying to get rid of them without getting stung (which sort of defeats the purpose of early nest removal to prevent stings). The worst-case scenario is spraying chemicals on nests and making your dog, cat, or children sick from the liquid that drips onto the ground or onto the surfaces of exterior structures. But there are some things you can do to make it less likely that stinging insects will develop a nest in your yard. 

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What You Can Do Right Now To Prevent Nest Development

There are two types of nests: Aerial nests and void nests. Aerial nests are created above ground. You can resist the development of these nests by reducing attractants that make stinging insects want to live in your yard. Void nests are usually created in the ground or in the cavities of trees, but they can be created in the voids of your home, or voids in exterior structures, such as sheds, barns, and outbuildings. You can resist the development of these nests by sealing possible entry points.

Attractants — There are many things that attract stinging insects apart from flowers and flowering plants. Some attractants can't be helped, like a large swimming pool, pond, or fountain. Some can be removed or controlled.

  • Remove containers that catch rainwater.

  • Address conditions that allow puddles to form in your yard.

  • Clean gutters and make sure your gutters, splash guards, and downspouts are all in good working order.

  • Keep exterior trash in covered receptacles to keep wasps and hornets from finding a meal.

  • Refrain from feeding pets outside.

  • Reduce sweet-smelling things in your yard.

  • Remove or store away items that are bright and colorful.

Entry Points — The openings stinging insects use to get inside your home are the same openings all pests will use to access your home. So you're going to get a lot of bang for your buck when you roll your sleeves up and address entry points.

Step 1: Do a detailed inspection of your exterior.

Step 2: Use a caulking gun to seal gaps, cracks, and holes around frames and in wood.

Step 3: Use a foundation repair kit to address cracks in your foundation walls.

Step 4: Make sure your screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping are in good condition.

New Castle Pest Control

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