Like many other insects, stinging insects start coming back around as soon as the weather rises above the cooler temperatures of winter and early spring. Certain types of stinging insects - particularly honey bees, which are social insects - stay in their hives all winter, clustered together as they vibrate their wing muscles to keep their entire colony warm.
Why are stinging insects coming back?
Once warm weather returns and signals the scenery to begin blossoming with new plant growth, honey bees, yellow jackets, bumble bees, and many other stinging insects, will be back on the rise again. The only way to prevent them from settling on your property is to know the correct preventative measures you can take as a homeowner.
How can I keep stinging insects off my property?
When it comes to the return of stinging insects, many people want to find a way to deter yellow jackets and other wasps from their home before they decide to settle in and create nests. With their painful stings and tendency to crash outdoor events, it’s not surprising that preventative measures are a necessary precaution to take in order to keep yourself and your home safe.
Here are a few steps you can take to discourage stinging insects around your home and property:
Never leave sugary drinks or food items out in your yard, on your patio, or on your deck. Many stinging insects feed on sugary foods, and leaving them out could give these pests a reason to stay.
If you are able, try to avoid wearing strong perfumes or lotions when outdoors, as many stinging insects are drawn to the sweet scents these products produce.
Always cover or properly seal your trash cans. Many of the soda cans and other trash we throw away will draw yellow jackets, honey bees, or other unwanted pests to your property.
Repair any areas on the exterior of your home that may allow stinging insects into your attic or wall spaces. Some species of wasps, such as yellow jackets, depend on these temperature-controlled areas to survive the cold weather. They may build a nest in those spaces to ensure their survival throughout the entire year.
When and Why to Call a Professional
Making sure you take every possible preventative measure that you can to keep stinging insects from nesting on your property is a great place to start. However, there’s no better way to safeguard your home than contacting professional pest control. You can’t always control when wasps or honey bees settle in or around your home. Handling stinging insects without the help of a pest control expert is dangerous. Not only do you risk being stung multiple times if you disturb a nest, but you are also in danger of falling when trying to reach nests in high places.
Witt Pest Management has all the tools necessary to effectively remove or eliminate the stinging insects on your property. Our certified pest technicians will work with you to find a comprehensive pest control plan that works for your home. Witt Pest Management will safely remove nests and implement a year-round protection program to keep your home safe from pests all year long. Reach out to Witt and get the proper protection for your home.