As you consider wasps what images do you think of? A raging crowd of brightly colored yellowjackets that descend on your picnic? A hornet bite that has put one of your family members being hospitalized? Maybe you can remember the way mud or paper wasps daubers have been re-decorating your outdoor spaces by creating a colorful nest on your front porch or in your entryway?

Whatever you envision whatever you imagine, whatever you imagine, the Pittsburgh Pest Control team recognizes that wasps shouldn’t be in your Pittsburgh backyard. It’s the reason being proactive is essential to avoid wasps. The first step in wasp elimination is to know what you’re facing.

Wasps In Pittsburgh

There are over 30,000 species and Pittsburgh is the home of hundreds of these species. The most well-known wasps that live in the Pittsburgh region include western yellowjackets Navajo as well as Pennsylvania paper wasps, as well as the black and yellow mud daubers.

Yellowjackets are easily recognized by their striking stripes of black and yellow. They are at home in large colonies, which nest under the ground. They can be seen building an underground nest beneath your porch or emerging from the hole on your grass. Paper wasps, which are also known as social wasps, build elaborate nests of paper with hexagonal cells. They are often seen hanging them over public spaces. They can attack with a vengeance if they find their nests disturbed. They are solitary wasps which range in color from dull to vibrant. They don’t usually have stings. However, they can create horrible nests in your home. When mud daubers leave their nests, less friendly species of wasps can take over.

Wasps like sweet food and drinks and drinks, which can be a problem for outdoor spaces. Some of these small hurts can ruin a outdoor picnic. Any sudden movement can trigger more aggressive wasps that deliver painful stings. If you bite or squeeze an insect that is social then they release a chemical which causes a defensive strike within the colony. A single wasp sting can be harmful if you suffer from allergies, but the stings of six or seven could result in a hospitalization for anyone. Wasps pose a threat to your health as well as your garden. Preventing wasps can be achieved with the help of a few strategies.

The Law Of Wasp Attraction

Wasps consume pollen in the majority of cases. However, flowering plants aren’t always the only thing that draw wasps to your garden. In late summer and into the autumn the male wasps are killed off as the queen seeks an ensconced, warm place to establish their new colony. Depending on the species of wasp that is in the nest, they may build a nest on your porch, or in your yard or build their nests on the patio awning. Paper wasps as well as mud daubers build their nests using wood fibers, and are looking for a suitable area to build their nest near their construction materials. There are other factors that draw wasps to your backyard:

  • Flowers
  • Sweet or sugary food items
  • Insects
  • Oh my, aren’t these all over the place? Don’t worry.

Wasp Prevention Tips

It’s a good thing for your Pittsburgh backyard. Certain changes can assist you in stopping wasps from destroying your yard.

  • Plant more hygienic foliage If you spend much time sitting on your patio or on your porch and patio, you should avoid planting flowers near your home. Instead, select wasp-resistant plants, such as wormwood basil, mint or marigolds. The smells of these plants could frighten wasps away.
  • Reduce the number of harborage areas for wasps to construct nests Fill in the spaces in your garden that might be the home of ground-nesting wasps. If you notice holes or cracks in your windows or doors as well as shed walls or siding, seal them with caulking to stop entry.
  • Remove all easily accessible food sources The feeder for hummingbirds might need to be removed off the front of the porch. Make sure that recycling bins and garbage containers are secured and far from the house. Avoid leaving food out for too long after eating outside.
  • Reduce the amount of insects around your home, particularly spiders As wasps are parasites, they feed insects and their pupae, keeping wasps out of your home makes it less appealing to wasps. The spiders are the main source of food for larvae of wasps.

These tips for prevention are fantastic. But what happens if you already find wasps living in your backyard?

If you’re experiencing an existing wasp infestation, don’t try to tackle the issue on your own. Benefit from the vast experience and knowledge that is our Pittsburgh Pest Control Company team. Contact us anytime to get help and advice.

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