This is the time of year when we get outside and enjoy nature. It is also the time of year when we're going to spend a lot more time in our backyards. But, when we get outside, we increase our chances of coming into contact with stinging insects, like the yellow jacket. Here are a few ways you might be allowing yellow jackets to ruin your backyard fun and how to protect yourself, your family, and the guests who visit your home.
Have you inspected?
If you have not done an inspection of your property or had a pest control company conduct one, you could be in for an undesirable confrontation with these aggressive wasps. Yellow jackets are fiercely protective of their nests. And, since they can create nests in some unexpected places, such as an outbuilding or a hole in the ground, it is important to be proactive about making sure they don't start building in your backyard.
Yellow jackets aren't as obvious as paper wasps. Paper wasp nests are fairly easy to find and control. They build their nests under the eaves of your shed, garage, or home, pretty much in plain sight. Yellow jackets don't make it that easy. You have to look high and low for yellow jacket activity. And, when you find a nest, it is difficult and dangerous to try and remove it on your own.
Does your yard have spiders?
These wasps are predators and their favorite prey is spiders. If your yard has spiders or the flies spiders like to eat, you will be attracting yellow jackets. That is why it is important to take measures that reduce flies and the spiders that eat them.
Does your yard have an open trash?
Not only will open trash lure flies onto your property--which will increase your spider populations--open trash is also attractive to yellow jackets. Yellow jackets don't just eat bugs. They are also known to eat human foods.
Are there smells in your yard that attract yellow jackets?
Yellow jackets are pollinators. If you have flowers or sweet smells coming from your yard, these wasps will take notice. They are also drawn to fruits and juices left outside.
Protect Your Yard From Yellow Jackets
Since these insects can build their nests in hard to get at--and often hard to see--places, it is important to have an experienced pest control companies find and remove them. Proactive nest control is the best way to keep your family and your guests safe in your backyard. Reach out to us and find out how Witt works to bundle pest services together to reduce costs and give you the best protection for your home.