The Big Takeaway
Queens emerge in spring and begin to look for locations to build their nests. Some create aerial nests in trees and under the overhangs of man-made structures. Some create above-ground nests in bushes and shrubs. Some create nests in voids. This last one can present a serious threat for you, your pets, and everyone living inside your home. Here are some suggestions for detecting developing nests.
- A routine inspection of your rooflines can help you see paper wasp and hornet queens starting their gray, oval paper nests. These start out as tiny umbrella-shaped structures with many hexagonal compartments. If you catch these early and are able to reach them, a swipe with a broom can stop the creation of one of these nests. We do not recommend this once a nest has several wasps on it.
- A routine inspection of shrubs and bushes will uncover above-ground nests created by bees, wasps, or hornets. These can be more difficult to remove, even when they are first developing.
- A routine inspection of your property and exterior walls can reveal the development of bees', wasps' or hornets' nests. Some species of these will create nests in voids. Often, the voids they choose to create their nests in are ground holes. These may be holes created by animals or holes underneath rocks or structures. They can build a nest inside the void of an object stored in your backyard or they can build one in the walls of your home. Sometimes, they'll gain entry to sheds or garages and create a nest inside objects stored inside. You can detect these nests by looking for bees, wasps or hornets entering and exiting a gap, crack, or hole. If a nest is large enough, you may hear a buzzing sound. When you do, be very cautious.
During the summer months, stinging insects grow their populations. Keep a watchful eye for signs of insect activity around your home and in your yard. Ground nests are particularly troublesome as the vibration from your lawn mower can cause social insects in a ground nest to take to the air and swarm you.
After the long summer, the nests of stinging insects are at their peak populations and workers are engaged in the busy task of feeding newly hatched reproductive females in preparation for winter and the hopeful development of new colonies in the spring. This can make stinging insects more of a threat because they are more aggressive. Don't let your guard down. Continue to look for aerial nests in trees, bushes, shrubs, and in sheltered locations such as rafters, porch ceilings, and roof overhangs. Continue to look for, and listen for, ground nests in wildlife holes, under rocks, and in structures on your property. And remember that they can get into your stored areas and nest in stored objects.
If you would prefer to leave nest detection and removal to a professional and spend your spring, summer and fall doing the things you love to do in your yard, we can help. Moyer Pest Control offers professional inspections and appropriate treatments all year long with our Home Guard pest services. Reach out to us today to learn more and find out which service will work best for your needs and budget. The QualityPro Certified team at Moyer is standing by to assist you in this important protection for your yard and for your family.