Tips To Avoid Paper Wasps In West Palm Beach
July 25, 2017 Stinging Insects
When it comes to bugs, all kinds of bugs, one thing is for sure, during the spring and summer months their numbers are at their highest and they are “busy as bees” mating and foraging for food. This means that your once peaceful West Palm Beach yard could become not so peaceful when all of a sudden you are being dive-bombed by insects every time you leave the sanctuary of your home! Some of these plentiful “summertime” insects are simply a nuisance, while others, like paper wasps, can be downright dangerous, requiring immediate professional help to remove them from your property and keep you, your family members, and your pets safe!
Paper wasps feed on nectar, tree sap, fruit, and other insects. They are often attracted to properties that offer them easy access to their food sources, staying to build their umbrella shaped nest off the ground with a combination of wood pulp, other plant materials, and their own saliva. Their nest begins with a single comb that is then added onto to create their signature umbrella shaped nest; the combs are left exposed giving the nest an “open concept” feel; nests are commonly built on trees, shrubs, fences, swing sets, deck railings, and under roof eaves. Paper wasps are not as aggressive as other species of stinging insect, but they will quickly act to defend themselves or their nest against a perceived threat.
Paper wasps, as you can imagine, are super beneficial when living out in the environment and away from people. They pollinate plants and crops, and their predatory ways help to keep populations of nuisance insects in check. But when paper wasps build their nest on your home or in a location on your property that is often used, like on your child’s swing-set, they can become a danger. You don’t want to have to avoid angry stinging insects every time you step out of your home. Not only is that stressful, but it can be downright dangerous. Paper wasps have a smooth stinger which means that each wasp can painfully sting and inject venom into their victim multiple times. For some people, a paper wasp attack will “only” results in very painful red welts that will subside over time; but for others who are allergic to their venom, it can lead to very serious medical consequences.
To help make your West Palm Beach property less attractive to paper wasps and to help you to avoid these stinging pests, we offer the following tips:
Treat wood fences, deck railings, wood playground equipment, and any outdoor wood furniture with a repellent oil to help make the wood less attractive for paper wasps to build their nests on and to discourage them from gathering the wood to create their nest with.
If fruit trees are located on your property, make sure to frequently pick up fruit that has fallen from the trees.
Keep pet food in sealed containers, and pick up pet food that has not been consumed daily.
Make sure that outdoor trash cans and recycling cans have tight fitting lids on them; place compost piles a distance away from the outside of your home and make sure that they have a cover on them.
When hosting a BBQ or picnic, make sure that the trash is quickly discarded and that the food is immediately brought inside after the event is over.
Repair and seal any possible entry points on the exterior walls of your home or in the foundation.
Repair or replace any damaged screens on windows, doors, and eaves.
In addition to these tips, you should consider putting a year-round home pest control plan from the South Florida pest control experts at Nozzle Nolen in place. Our comprehensive plans can greatly reduce the likelihood of paper wasps choosing your property to nest on. Through our home pest control services, we can help to eliminate and control the insects on your property that they feed on, and we can provide the services needed to control paper wasps themselves.
If you have a current problem with paper wasps on your West Palm Beach property, Nozzle Nolen’s wasp control and bee removal services can eliminate the problem. Our highly trained professionals will quickly and safely remove paper wasps that have become a danger to you and your family from your property. Remember, DIY wasp control can be very dangerous and is never recommended. Let the professionals at Nozzle Nolen take care of your West Palm Beach property’s wasp problem in a safe and effective manner; contact us today for the details!