At A Plus Pest Control, we use proven methods to deal with wasps and other such insects. Our targeted approach eradicates wasps fast and usually leaves no trace behind. A few days after we treat your property, you probably will not remember we were there. The only thing different will be the lack of wasps buzzing around your yard.
Types of Wasps
Like many other flying insects, wasps are hearty creatures which have been around since the Jurassic period. In all that time, they have become firmly entrenched in places like Alabama and the Southeastern United States. In this area, the climate allows several different types of wasps to thrive, including:
- Mud Daubers: One of the most common types of wasps are also the least aggressive kind. If people come close, mud daubers typically fly away. But that’s about the only good news. As the name implies, mud daubers make nests out of mud and debris, mostly in eaves and overhangs. When people come to your front door, a wasp’s nest is a very poor first impression.
- Yellowjackets: The other very common type of wasp is essentially a large, flying ant. Yellowjackets live together in large colonies segregated into workers, soldiers, drones, and queens. In Alabama, yellowjackets are particularly active in the winter and spring.
- Bald-Faced Hornets: These all-black insects are the most aggressive wasp species. They do not just sting. They often squirt venom from a distance. Much like yellowjackets, bald-faced hornets live together in colonies, and these colonies could have up to 400 bugs.
A fourth common type of wasp, the paper wasp, is not very common in Alabama. These non-aggressive insects often live in nests they make from twigs and other brush.
Where Do Wasps Gather?
Wasps have the same basic needs as all other creatures: food, shelter, and moisture. So, they tend to best where they can find all three of these things together.
Overhangs near outdoor garbage cans are often wasp territory. Generally, there are tiny sugar deposits in these areas. That could be drops of soda or crumbs of food. A very small amount of sugar can feed an entire colony for weeks or even months. These areas often have standing water as well. That could be a discarded bottlecap or an overturned children’s toy.
Wasps are territorial insects. If they detect a threat, they normally respond aggressively. To a wasp, pretty much anything is a “threat.” Wandering within a few yards of a nest is a threat. Loud noise is a threat, such as a child’s laughter. Running away from the nest is also a threat.
When they attack, wasps generally sting multiple times. Sometimes, these stings are not much more than red and annoying. But if the person has a vulnerable immune system, pre-existing condition, or allergy, a wasp sting could be harmful or even fatal. Anyone could be a vulnerable victim. These people usually do not know their medical status until after they get stung. At that point, it is too late to take preventative measures.
How Do I Control Wasps?
So, early prevention is key. If wasps are around when friends come over for an informal or formal get-together, the event could end very badly.
Self-help remedies are often effective for stray wasps. If you do not see a nest and you only see a stray insect or two, commercial wasp sprays may work. Use the ones that emit a strong stream of liquid that knocks down the wasp. Don’t spray a cloud of chemical and hope the wasp happens to fly through it.
Be very careful when knocking down nests. If you do not do it 100 percent correctly, you may have an angry colony of wasps to deal with.
At A Plus Pest Control, we do not just spray chemicals and hope for the best. Instead, we take a deliberate approach to wasp removal:
- Frequently, before our professionals even unload equipment, they inspect your property, looking for actual and potential trouble spots.
- Next, we document our findings and recommendations, so we have something to work with when we discuss the situation with you. The homeowner always has the final say about what chemicals we use and where we use them.
- Consumer education is a big part of the process as well. The more you know about wasps and their habits, the easier it is to deal with mild infestations on your own.
- There are many different chemical treatments on the market. Because of our expertise, we can evaluate a situation, take your preferences into account, and offer a solution.
- Generally, we remove and destroy any nests we can reach. We use safe and efficient methods in this area, to produce the best possible results.
- Physical modifications often work well. For example, something as simple as adjusting a water sprinkler’s track can eliminate small puddles of standing water.
When we come back for quarterly treatments, we focus on preventative measures. That means treating prior trouble spots and looking for evidence of new infestations. These follow-up treatments are not nearly as time-consuming but rest assured that they are no less thorough. We firmly believe in doing things right the first time.
Count on us to get rid of the wasps that live near your family.