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Year-Round Prevention Against Stinging Insects in Pennsylvania

Advice From Moyer Indoor | Outdoor

There isn't a whole lot we can do to prevent stinging insects from coming into our yards. And, in some cases, we actually want them to. While it is certainly no fun to be stung, we put up with these insects because they help with pollination, which, as you probably know, is essential. Without pollination, we wouldn't have grapes. And who wants to live in a world without grapes? Actually, grapes are only one type of food that requires pollination. Pollinators are needed for over 30 percent of all the crops in the world. They're also great to have around if you have flowers, flowering plants, a vegetable garden, fruit trees, etc. But, you don't need to have stinging insects living in nests on your property to get the benefit of pollination. They can pollinate your plants when they visit. You'll have less chance of being stung by a visiting insect.
When bees, wasps, and hornets make their home in your yard, that is when they present the greatest danger. While you can certainly be stung by visiting insects, the threat increases when these insects create a hive or a nest. Why? Because many of these insects are wired to protect their nests. If you get too close, you could find yourself surrounded. This is especially true of yellow jackets (and other wasps) which are the stinging insects we focus on when providing service for our customers.

Wasp Nests

Like it isn't bad enough that wasps have a nest protection instinct, they are also inclined to build their nests in hidden locations. They may select a bush in the landscaping around your home. They may establish themselves in a hole created by a burrowing animal (yellow jackets are notorious for doing this). They could even create a nest inside your home. This last one is what we are focusing on here.
When you take the time to seal your exterior walls and prevent stinging insects from finding harborage on your property any time of the year, you reduce your chances of being stung during the spring and summer months as populations grow. Here are some ways you can do this:

  • Inspect your eaves, soffits and roofline. If you see any gaps or cracks, seal them. This will prevent overwintering female wasps from finding safe places to hide from the winter cold as well as reduce the likelihood of female wasps establishing nests on your property in the spring when they emerge.

  • Inspect your foundation walls and the soil around your foundation perimeter. If you see cracks, seal them. If you find holes, fill them in. Yellow jackets can burrow into the ground around your foundation or find harborage within your home by exploiting gaps and cracks.

  • Inspect around wire conduit, pipes, air conditioning units, and other objects that pass through your walls. If a stinging insect can squeeze into your home, not only will it be a stinging threat inside your home, it may begin the work of developing an interior nest.

  • If you have a garage, do an inspection of the interior. Holes in your ceiling and walls can give wasps entry into ceiling voids and wall voids. We tend to let holes go unrepaired in the garage, though this is the last place we should. When that giant door opens, it gives easy access to pests.

Once you have things sealed up, you may be fine. But, if you have greater-than-normal stinging insect pressures on your property, an attractive property filled with inviting plants, lots of nooks and crannies for stinging insects to establish nests in your yard, or some other condition that increases your chances of nest development, it is best to partner with a pest-control professional.
When you have year-round visits from a certified pest control technician, you have someone who is trained to locate pest threats and neutralize them. You also get routine pest treatments, which work to eliminate and reduce pests around your home.
If you live in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, find out if you're in our service area. With the basic pest control provided by our Exterior Guard program, you'll get wasp and yellow jacket protection along with control for several other household invaders. It is definitely worth the investment.

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