Squash Pest Control - Wasp Control

Squash Pest Control – Wasp Control

Wasps can be one of the most worrying insects to get inside your home, with many Americans living with a fear of winged insects. As with any other type of insect infestation, a wasp infestation needs to be treated immediately, so as to minimize the spread and maintain control over other areas of your home.

On this page, you will find all the information you need about wasp infestations, how to identify them, and how to get rid of them. At Squash Pest Control, we have over 15 years of pest removal experience and are ready to offer you a FREE QUOTE for your Pierce County, WA home.

What attracts wasps? 

Wasps tend to experience an increase in activity as the weather gets warm toward summer. Since the warmer months are also the flowering season for many plants in your garden, it’s quite likely that this will appeal to wasps, and thus increase the chances of an infestation in your home.

Are wasps dangerous?

There are some wasp breeds that are particularly aggressive, but no, generally speaking, wasps aren’t dangerous per se. While wasps aren’t an outright “enemy” for humans, as the weather gets warm, wasp nests tend to become more crowded, which serves to set the wasps on edge and make them more likely to sting, without provocation.

Even more, since a wasp can sting multiple times, unlike a bee, you can be left covered in wasp stings, which can be very painful, or even trigger an allergic reaction.

How can you identify wasps?

It can be a little tricky to correctly identify wasps, since they tend to be boxed in with other similar insects, such as bees or hornets. Because they all have a similar yellow, black and brown banding pattern and tend to be fairly smallish, it can be hard telling them apart. And then, there’s the identifying of the particular species of wasp you’ve attracted (there’s yellowjackets, paper wasps, and so on).

But if you see a wasp inside your home or several around it, it’s a strong sign of a wasp nest nearby, and you should act on it immediately.

Other signs of a wasp infestation around your home include:

  • Chewed wood and tunnels through the wood in your home are a good sign of a wasp infestation in your home. However, chewed wood can also indicate the presence of termites, or ants. Regardless, you’re still best advised to call a pest control company immediately.
  • Wasp nests are easily the most obvious, and undeniable sign of a wasp infestation inside your home. Since wasps can be very territorial we do not recommend handling the nest yourself. Instead, if you find one, call a professional. Wasp nests can usually be found in isolated, hard-to-reach areas of the home, like garages, attics, basements, roofing, and so on.

How to get rid of wasps:

A professional pest control unit will know what the best approach is, depending on your own particular needs. This is why we, at Squash Pest Control in Pierce County, WA, follow a very specific 3-step pattern:

Step 1. We inspect your home, which allows us to determine the severity of the situation, and how extended the infestation has become. 

Step 2. We make a plan, based on your specific situation. 

Step 3. We exterminate the wasps and take active steps to prevent future infestations.

Traditionally, we will exterminate the ants by using a pesticide and applying it near the entrance to the wasp nest. Over the next few days, the wasps will bring the pesticide into the nest with them, which will in turn cause the colony to die out.

However, not all wasp nests will necessitate destruction. If the wasp nest is in a remote area of the garden, it may be removed, or even left to live out its natural course, since wasps usually abandon their nest at the end of the summer, anyway.

Regardless, a professional pest control company is recommended for handling any wasp infestation, since they have the necessary skill and protective equipment to safely get rid of a wasp nest.

So if you’re worried about the presence of wasps on your property, reach out today, and Squash Pest Control will sort you out!

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