Summer Wasp Season
Seeing wasps outside your property is normal from time to time, but if you’re noticing a large increase in their activity, there is a good chance you could have a wasp nest at your home. Wasps love to find awnings to build their nests under and once it is built, it will only continue to grow. Wasps are aggressive in nature and will attack anyone who disturbs their nesting area, which is why it’s important to solve this problem before it multiplies. To avoid your home from becoming the perfect nesting area for wasps, keep reading for more information on summer wasp activity.
Wasp Activity: What To Look For
The queen wasp emerges in the spring to find new nesting areas, which is ideally located away from predators, in shade, protected, and nearby a food source. The queen will search for the perfect location and once settled, will begin laying eggs. After the eggs have hatched, a new colony of worker wasps will form in order to build the nest so that the queen can continue to lay more and more eggs. Like noted before, wasp colonies can multiply in no time if not taken care of, making any wasp problem worse over time. These pests are territorial and will attack those who come into close contact with their nest, as they are always on alert in order to protect their colony.
When are wasps the most active during the year? Wasp colonies usually peak in size and activity in the summer months, and you’ll likely notice very large populations of wasps by mid-summer after the colonies have grown and nests have been fully developed. Responsible for providing food, worker wasps will scavenge for insects during the day and are often found swarming near tall grass, enclosed spaces, near garbage cans or animal feces. Leaving food outside with high sugar content is the easiest way to attract wasps to your property.
Controlling Your Wasp Problem
There are a number of things you can do to avoid wasps from nesting on your home.
First thing’s first, keep your yard free of food and garbage. If any juice content or soda spills, make sure to clean it up before wasps discover this special treat.
In addition to keeping your yard free of garbage and food remnants, also be sure that you seal all entry points to your home and line possible nesting areas to make it harder for nests to latch onto the structure of your home. The harder you make it for these pests to nest, the least likely you are to have a wasp problem.
On the occasion that you do notice a wasp nest on your home, you need to get the nest removed right away. There is no sense in using other remedies when colonies already have a place to nest and reproduce. While this is the first thing you should do, we do not recommend doing this on your own. As noted before, these pests can become aggressive and if you don’t have the proper tools or knowledge, the removal of a wasp nest could easily go very wrong.
At Abra Kadabra, we have all the necessary tools and equipment to rid your property of wasps and to keep them away for good! We offer professional wasp nest removal as well as prevention/exclusion services to make it harder for wasps to nest on your property. It is currently peak season for wasps and any identified wasp problem should be addressed right away. We’re here to help!