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Who In New Castle Wants To Know The Secret To Keeping Wasps Away?

June 26, 2020

 

Do you love flowers? There’s a good chance you do. So you probably know that pollinators are important for the growth of flowers and other plants, including the crops we eat. However, no matter how much you love flowers, you probably don’t love stinging insects, or at least don’t like having to be afraid of getting stung every time you leave the house. If there are nests of wasps living outside your New Castle home, it’s time to find out how to protect yourself!

Do you love flowers? There’s a good chance you do. So you probably know that pollinators are important for the growth of flowers and other plants, including the crops we eat. However, no matter how much you love flowers, you probably don’t love stinging insects, or at least don’t like having to be afraid of getting stung every time you leave the house. If there are nests of wasps living outside your home, it’s time to find out how to protect yourself!

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Wasps: The Basics

There are many species of wasps. In New Castle, you’re most likely to have a run-in with yellow jackets, mud daubers, or paper wasps. Here’s a little more information about each.

  • Yellow jackets are among the most aggressive species of wasps. Part of this is because their nests are more likely to be accidentally disturbed. Yellow jackets sometimes build nests underground or in low bushes and shrubs. If they feel threatened, they will pursue the threat.

  • Paper wasps can also be quite aggressive. They built paper-like nests on the eaves of homes, in sheds, and sometimes even in playgrounds.

  • There are a few kinds of mud daubers. Many don’t live in colonies, but instead, build solitary nests out of mud. These nests are often found along the eaves of a house or in cracks and holes along the exterior of the building. When mud daubers leave, their nests are often taken over by other wasps.

The Good And The Bad About Wasps

Pro: Wasps are a natural form of pest control. They eat other pests such as spiders, ants, and flies.
 
Con: Wasp stings are painful! Plus, wasps can sting multiple times. Furthermore, if you encounter wasps, you’re often dealing with an entire colony of angry wasps.
 
Pro: Wasps are pollinators. They help plants reproduce and are an essential element in the cycle of life.
 
Con: Some people are allergic to wasp stings. A single sting could cause anaphylaxis and require medical attention.

The Secret To Keeping Wasps Away

While wasps do play an important role in the ecosystem, there are good reasons not to want a wasp nest above your front door. How can you prevent wasps from settling down on your property? The answer has two parts: prevention and partnership.
 
Start by following these important prevention tips:

  • Don’t plant flowers near the exterior of your home or in frequently used areas of your yard.

  • Do make sure your garbage is well sealed and that your garbage cans are clean since organic trash attracts wasps.

  • Don’t leave food or drinks uncovered, outside. Wasps are especially attracted to sugars and protein.

  • Do inspect often for signs of wasps. Check the exterior of your home for new nests and increased wasp presence.

The next step is to partner with Moyer Pest Control. This way, if you do see signs of a wasp infestation, you’ll know who to call. We’ll bring quick and effective service so that these pollinators won’t be putting your family in danger. Whether you need help setting up preventative plans or already have a nest on your property, Moyer Pest Control can help.

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