Wasps are stinging insects found throughout the U.S. that belong to the Hymenoptera order, and are known for having a smooth, slender body that usually measures between ¼ to 1 inch long. They have a segmented body that is connected by a narrow “waist” or petiole between the thorax and the abdomen. Wasps play a beneficial role in the ecosystem by reducing the population of other insects, and are involved in pollination. However, they are also a common pest that disrupts people participating in outdoor activities.
Some of the most commonly found types in this region include paper wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets. Paper wasps construct nests with a “papery” texture in areas such as within structural crevices, on tree branches, or under roof eaves. Yellow jackets typically build their nests in the ground, often underneath bushes or fallen trees. Hornets usually construct aerial nests on trees or utility poles that sometimes exceed one foot in diameter.
Wasps pose a potential risk because of their ability to sting multiple times, which is both painful and exposes the target to venom. Some people have serious allergic reactions to venom, and may need prompt medical attention.
Understanding Wasps & Your Property’s Landscaping
Research suggests that wasps are attracted to certain types of flowers, particularly those that are white and puffy such as Queen Anne’s lace and yarrow. Wasps are also drawn to spearmint plants and sweet fennel. Some of the plants that may deter wasps include mint, basil, and wormwood.
Some Tips For Preventing Wasps
- Regularly trim back overgrown shrubs and tree branches away from the structure.
- Walk the premises to identify any holes in the ground that might become a nesting site, and promptly fill them.
- When possible, keep foods and beverages covered during barbeques, picnics, and other outdoor activities. Wasps are most attracted to foods that are high in protein or sugar.
- Remove any ripe or rotten fruits, and exterior garbage cans should have a tightly fitting lid to prevent access.
Why Is Consulting With A Professional Pest Controller The Best Option?
Orlando property owners who discover the existence of a stinging insect nest on the premises often make the mistake of attempting do-it-yourself solutions that are typically ineffective and pose potential safety risks. Many of these individuals purchase aerosol sprays or traps that fail to completely eliminate the pests, and may contain noxious chemicals. A licensed pest controller will visit the property to conduct a detailed interior and exterior inspection to assess the nature and extent of the problem, and propose a treatment option that will effectively eliminate the infestation. The technician may also recognize existing property conditions that make you vulnerable to future invasions from unwanted pests.
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For many years now, Green Flag Services has been safely and efficiently eliminating intrusions involving stinging insects, bed bugs, termites, and many other troublesome and potentially harmful pests. Our enduring commitment to customer service and standing behind the quality of our work with a satisfaction guarantee has proven to be a formula for success, and is the reason why the majority of our new clients are referred from home and business owners that we have worked with in the past.
The experienced team of professionals with Green Flag Services is properly equipped with many of the latest products, and trained in the leading treatment methods, many of which are recommended by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and other agencies. We also now offer same-day and emergency services for those with critical pest-related concerns. Contact us today to schedule a detailed inspection and no-obligation estimate to get started with our residential pest control or commercial pest management services.