Wasps Drive You Insane Last Year - Some Tips to Do Early

Photo Credit: Utah Pests

Wasps drove you insane last year - here are some tips to get rid of them early. ‘Utah Pests’, under Utah State University, has a creative solution for driving away wasp and other nuisance pests.

Utah Pests presents IPM, which stands for integrated pest management, that operates on the philosophy of prevention. The first step to effective pest management is a thorough inspection of door and window screens, walls for cracks, cable and hose leakages, and other openings, and fix them if needed. Also recommended is reducing yard clusters - a small ecosystem means less pests. But this tactic is only feasible for those with small yard gardens. Larger ones are likely to bring more nuisances such as wasps with it, and thus calls for greater inspection and care.

Wasps are likely to build nests in just about anywhere, so make sure to destroy them when you spot them early and during consistent inspections. Sandy areas in lawns are attractive for wasps, so check on those areas often, or cover them with dirt.

There are largely three kinds of wasps. The paper wasps have long bodies and legs, and they are usually nested in eaves of a house or open hoses or pipes. Their nests are very noticeable, and they are not openly aggressive. Yellow jackets however are very aggressive and will attack in swarms. They are marked by think black antennae and live in nests in enclosed spaces, such as cavities on the ground. Hornets are the common species in north America. They are mild wasps, and build nests in tree trunks and wall cavities.

Once you spot a wasp’s nest, you could either call a professional pest removal exterminator or get rid of it yourself. Only those who are not allergic to wasp bites and see that the wasp’s nest is within reach without having to climb a tall ladder should attempt the second option. And if you decide to do it yourself, then wear protective clothing, plan an escape route, and spray the nest with wasp killing spray only at night when they are less alert. The third option is to leave them alone especially if they are paper wasps and do not pose a threat - wasps are important for our ecosystem.

‘Utah Pests’ is a great source for tips on dealing with not only wasps but for other insects as well, such as ants and Indian meal moths. Visit their website link below for more information.

Learn MORE at Utah Pests

To help with slow website load, we have put all photos for this article here: View photo gallery.

Privacy Policy