While the majority of wasp species do not bother humans, there are a few that seem to always be buzzing around your picnics and building nests under your eaves. Wasps tend to be more aggressive than bees, and their sting may be painful and dangerous for sensitive populations. Learning to avoid stings and control wasps is important to protect your family.
There are two main categories of wasps: solitary and social. As the name suggests, solitary wasps are usually alone or in very small groups. They do not build large nests and rarely present an on-going problem around homes and yards. Social wasps are a different matter. These species have nests with much bigger populations. They are aggressive and can sting repeatedly if they sense danger. During spring and early summer, wasps tend to seek protein for food. By the time later summer and fall roll around, their diet switches to be more carbohydrate based, and fruits, sugary drinks, food, and trash cans suddenly become very attractive to them. This is the time of year when wasps become especially bothersome to humans. The majority of stings occur during this time of year.
Different species of wasps create different types of nests. They may vary in size, shape, and location. Common locations for wasp nests include: in the ground, in trees or bushes, in wall voids, on decks and railings, and under the eaves of homes. The presence of wasp nests around children and families can be a major cause for concern because the wasps will congregate around them. Multiple nests can also be unsightly additions to the exterior of your house.
Dangers From Wasps
Wasp Stings can be very painful, but a single sting is rarely dangerous for most people. Dangerous situations can occur, however, when a person receives many stings at one time. There is also a certain population of people that are allergic to wasp venom. In some situations, stings can lead to anaphylaxis and other serious medical conditions, including death.
Keeping wasps away from your home and avoiding stings is done through a combination of methods including: sanitation, environment modifications, and dress and grooming tips.
- Make sure that all garbage cans have tight fitting lids
- Rinse out garbage cans frequently
- Keep your property clean and decluttered
- Dispose of fallen and rotting fruits and vegetables
- When outdoors, keep food and drinks covered
- Clean up any spills, food crumbs, and garbage around your home
- When working in the garden, check for wasps first
- Wear closed toed shoes when outside
- Avoid strong and flowery smelling perfumes
- Do not wear bright clothing or floral prints when large numbers of wasps are present
- Use home pest control products to kill wasps and then knock-down nests. Learn how to use Harris Wasp and Hornet Killer.
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