A Guide To Safe Wasp Control Around Your Modesto Yard

August 14, 2020

Pests come in many shapes and sizes. Some are merely a nuisance, while others are considered to be a threat to people or property. One pest that is commonly seen in the summer months that falls into the latter category is the wasp. Throughout Modesto, these annoying stinging insects can take up residence and make outdoor living no fun at all. 

a bald faced hornet wasp crawling on a wooden board

The most common types of wasps you’ll see include:

  • Bald-faced Hornets: These hornets are mostly black but they boast a white pattern on their heads. They tend to nest in high locations such as attics, chimneys, and trees. It’s important to note this species is known for its aggressiveness. Most will sting repeatedly if provoked. 

  • Yellowjackets: Possibly the worst of the lot. They love to get into people's food and drinks. They’re also known to be vicious if they feel threatened. Look for them to make an appearance in late summer. If a nest is found, don't attempt to remove it on your own. 

  • Paper Wasps: These wasps prey on other pests, which makes them more helpful wasps than most. Unfortunately, they’re just as inclined to sting you when provoked. And they like to come inside more than other species. 

  • European Hornets: The good news is these hornets are not as aggressive as other types of wasps. The bad news is they’re still territorial and their stings cause pain and swelling that lasts longer than other stings. Plus, they’re known for their ability to cause property damage.

Make Your Yard Unattractive

Don’t get us wrong, your yard can still be pretty when it comes to hosting an outdoor party. However, there are steps you can take to limit how attractive your Modesto yard is to wasps in the area. Some things you can do include:

  • Take care of your trash: Like most pests, wasps like garbage and are attracted to its smell. As such, you can enjoy a lot of success just by ensuring proper trash management is performed. Seal the bags, close the lids, and dispose of the trash in a timely fashion. 

  • Check pet food: It’s not just people food that wasps like to get into. They also like pet food. For this reason, it’s important to practice specific feeding times. When done, be sure to store the remaining food in a sealed container. 

  • Watch the standing water: Every pest needs water, which is why standing water is such an attraction for wasps. Check the gutters, plants in your garden, and other sources of standing water to ensure they get dried out.

Why Professionals Should Handle Nest Removal

We mentioned that most wasps in the area really love to sting people if they feel provoked or threatened. Not only are these stings painful, but they’re usually numerous. Some people are allergic to these stings, which can create additional problems. However, since it’s likely you’ll experience multiple stings from multiple wasps, it’s of small comfort if you’re not allergic.
 
For this reason alone, it’s important to have professionals handle nest removal if you discover one on your property. Even if the nest seems abandoned, it’s still not a good idea to try to remove it yourself. Wasps can hide deep inside a nest, which could lead you into a false sense of security. Finally, most nests are high up off the ground, which can present an additional safety hazard.

Wasp Control With Peace Of Mind Pest Control

The main problem with wasps or any other pests is the stress and worry they bring to the people living on the premises. At Peace of Mind Pest Control, our team understands this. And this is why we work to ensure you get the help you need from the very beginning. We always start with a detailed inspection so we can get the full picture of your situation. Once this is complete, we will discuss your options and get started.
 
Do you need pest services? Give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.

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