How to Prevent and Get Rid of Wasps, Yellow Jackets, and Hornets

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How to Prevent and Get Rid of Wasps, Yellow Jackets, and Hornets

Summer weather is here and that means most people will be spending a lot more time outside. This can lead to unpleasant encounters with stinging insects such as wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets.

Most of the time they mind their own business and really do not bother people. These insects are part of a delicate ecosystem and function to keep other creatures such as spiders in check.

However, when you find them nesting too close for comfort, they can become a danger to you, your friends, and your family. So, what can you do to protect both your property and people from these stinging insects?

Eliminate as Many Favorite Nesting Sites as Possible

A simple way to prevent unwanted encounters with these insects is to walk your property and assess the areas that make prime candidates for them to build their homes. Then remove these attractive areas one by one.

Start with your home itself and look for cracks in the mortar between bricks, areas under eaves that present a potential entry into the soffit area, and any hollow or decaying trees or wood piles nearby. Yellow Jackets especially like these areas and can remain undetected until they become a problem.

After sealing any cracks and removing any harboring areas near your house, work your way out and around the rest of your property.

Look at wood piles that are near areas that people gather and any holes near foundations of any sheds you may have in your backyard. It’s important to check these areas early in the season before they have a chance to set up camp and threaten your enjoyment of the outdoors.

What If You Already Have a Problem?

If you find yourself constantly bothered by hornets or other stinging insects, the first thing to do is to become observant and try to find their nest.

Spraying insecticide at individual insects is not a very effective way of combating the problem. It can even be dangerous as this can agitate them and make them more aggressive when threatened.

Once you’ve found their nest you can devise an action plan to eliminate them from your property safely and effectively.

Develop a Plan to Eliminate Stinging Insects Safely

Gather as much information as you can and determine what kind of insect you are dealing with specifically. We’ve gathered some helpful information to help you in the identification section of our website.

Once you know what species you have you can use that information to form a specific plan that is mindful of their individual characteristics.

Here’s a list of the general steps we encourage homeowners to follow when trying to remove nests on their own:

  1. Wear proper clothing. Cover yourself as much as possible with thick durable clothing, including sturdy leather gloves.
  2. Treat the nest with a powdered pesticide such as Apicide. Apply about 3 to 5 ounces to the nest being careful not to disturb the nest.
  3. Do not disturb the nest for a few days and be sure to leave any openings during this time so they can find their way out.
  4. Apply pesticides in the evening, they naturally slow down activity after dark. You can also cover a flashlight with red film since they do not see red-light.

Don’t Get in Over Your Head

If you feel like the nest is difficult to reach such as a high tree branch or more than you want to tackle, General Pest Control is here to help. We offer professional prompt removal of yellow jacket, wasp, and hornet nests. We have the right equipment and will have you enjoying those outdoor activities in no time. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!