The presence of wasps in your home can be frustrating, not to mention dangerous. Wasp stings can cause pain, swelling, hives, and even anaphylaxis (difficulty breathing) in some people. That’s why it’s important to prevent these unwanted pest intruders from nesting in your Salt Lake City home and evict them as soon as possible when they invade.
Read on to learn how to stop wasps from bothering your home or business. And if you’re currently facing an infestation, contact the professionals at Moxie Pest Control to get rid of these stinging insects and reclaim your peace of mind.
One of the best ways to prevent wasps from entering your home is to seal the small cracks and gaps they use to come inside. This will not only keep wasps out, but also many other pests as well. Typical places to check for these small openings are around windows, doors, vents, chimneys, and plumbing voids.
Most cracks and small gaps can be sealed using caulk, sealant, or insulation foam purchased at your local home improvement store. It’s a good idea to inspect your home regularly for possible new entry points. And since wasps are most active beginning in the early spring and continuing through the summer, be sure to complete your repairs before then.
Most insects are attracted to food waste, and wasps are no exception. Once you throw away trash in the garbage bin, it can quickly become a veritable buffet for pests if not sealed properly. Keep wasps out by using well-fitting lids on trash cans. Regularly cleaning the trash can will also help remove odors which can attract wasps.
In addition to trash cans, other places around your home can also harbor food sources for wasps. From uncleaned grills containing grease and meat remnants to partially filled soft drink cans in recycling bins, remove these possible wasp attractants. And if you have fruit trees, pick up and dispose of fallen ripe fruit regularly.
When you know you’ll be spending time outdoors, avoid putting on heavily-scented perfumes and colognes. These strong odors can attract wasps. Instead, opt for unscented toiletry products so you don’t accidentally invite the unwanted attention of stinging wasps.
Before you swat wasps or try to use a bug zapper, consider the effect. When a wasp is killed, it releases a chemical signal to attract other wasps from its colony. This alarm system is designed to protect the colony but can result in numerous stings for you. When a professional pest control expert comes to eradicate your wasp problem, they will create a plan that anticipates this behavior.
Salt Lake City offers the climate and food sources wasps seek. While you might imagine that our bitter winters would kill off wasps, that’s not completely accurate. Paper wasps, for example, ensure that their species survives over the winter. While the colony dies every fall, fertilized queens are able to survive the winter and start a new paper wasp colony in the spring.
Wasps are active in warm weather, so spring and summer are when you’re most likely to see these pests in Salt Lake City. They also follow this same pattern throughout the day; wasps are more docile during the early morning and evenings and become more active as the day goes on and temperatures rise.
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