Do you know why stinging insects come into your yard? You can probably guess that flowers play a role. Stinging insects eat nectar. But do you know that flowers only play a small part in the grand picture? It's true. There are many reasons stinging insects choose to come into a yard to create a nest. If you understand what those painful pests are looking for, you can reduce your chances of being stung.
1. Standing Water
Water is one of the building blocks of life. Stinging insects need a drink just as much as all the other living creatures that come into your yard. If you have puddles or containers of rainwater, bees, wasps, and hornets will take notice. Reduce stagnant water resources to reduce stinging insect activity.
Wasps and hornets eat sweets and meats. When they come into your yard, they'll be looking for sources of protein as well as nectar. A source of high protein for stinging insects comes from eating bugs. If you have bugs in your yard, you'll attract wasps and hornets. Taking steps to reduce bugs around your home will also have an impact on how many stinging insects you'll have.
Another source of protein is open trash. You would be amazed at how many food options a wasp or a hornet can find in your trash. Make sure exterior trash is put into a covered trash receptacle to protect this potential food source.
Some stinging pests, like yellow jackets, will establish ground nests. If you have holes in your yard, you could invite these insects to create a nest in your yard. This can be very bad because ground nests are hard to detect, and all it takes is the vibration of a lawnmower to cause yellow jackets to swarm together and sting you. When you add the fact that a yellow jacket has no barb on its stinger and it can sting you multiple times, you can see how this is a recipe for a very painful encounter.
5. Sweet Liquids
Do you have a hummingbird feeder? That sweet liquid that you put out to attract hummingbirds will also attract stinging pests. Bees, wasps, and hornets can take a drink of sweet liquid. They can sip on juice that is left in a cup on your deck as well. This could lead to a painful welt on your lip if you're not paying attention.
6. Sweet Smells
Stinging insects don't need flowers or sweet liquids to be attracted to your yard, all it takes is a sweet smell. If you have sweet smells around your home, you're ringing the dinner bell for these insects, even though there may be nothing to eat.
If you find a nest on your property, it is a good idea to reach out to a professional. You shouldn't remove the nest on your own. While attempting to get rid of the nest to reduce the threat of being stung, you could end up getting stung. For assistance with this in the Greater Pittsburgh area, reach out to Witt Pest Management. Our team has the equipment and professionalism to get the job done right. We can also set you up with a residential pest control program that will give you routine inspections during the year. In these inspections, your pest management professional will check for stinging insect activity. This can make your outdoor activities a whole lot safer during the warm months of the year.
For more information about stinging pests or to schedule service, reach out to us. We're standing by to assist you.