a wasp on its nest on a pittsburge property one sunny summer day

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Do you love flowers? There’s something magical about a garden in full bloom. Yellow sunflowers, pink snapdragons, purple columbines - there are so many colors and shapes that spring up throughout the summer across Pittsburg and its surroundings. However, no matter how much you love flowers, you probably don’t love the stinging insects that come with a beautiful garden.

Bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and wasps are all pollinators. This means you can’t have flowers without stinging insects. However, just because they’re important for the environment doesn’t mean you want them living in your yard, stinging your family and guests.

Stinging insects begin their activity in the spring. They build new nests for their colonies, which can quickly grow to more than 400 insects! As spring moves into summer, the newly-born insects begin to emerge to look for food. This is what brings them to your yard in search of sugars in food and drinks. They may be attracted to strong scents, bright colors, or even flower-patterned clothes.

It’s inevitable to find a few stinging insects when you have an outdoor gathering. Whether it’s a barbecue, a picnic, or any other party, stinging insects will appear in search of food. However, if you find yourself repeatedly ducking away from stinging insects or finding wasps or bees every time you step outside, there’s a good chance you have a nest on your property.


Getting Rid of Wasps and Other Stinging Insects

It’s a good idea to locate the nest if you can. Wasps can build their nests almost on the ground or high in trees or even on the eaves of your house. By locating the nest, you will know which area to avoid. It’s important not to approach the nest since this could cause the stinging insects to feel threatened, and attack. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can sting repeatedly. This means that if you scare a colony, you could be stung multiple times by hundreds of stinging insects. Even if you aren’t allergic, this could cause severe medical problems, not to mention the pain of several stings.

Any attempt to remove a stinging insect nest on your own will inevitably result in stings. If you attempt to move a nest and are unsuccessful, you could anger the wasps and endanger your family. It’s never a good idea to eliminate a nest alone since you don’t have the equipment or expertise necessary to deal with stinging insects.

Another problem with do-it-yourself attempts is the danger for the environment. The earth needs pollinators, so you never want to simply eliminate all stinging insects. Instead, nests should be removed by a professional and relocated to a safer location. The chemicals you may use to destroy a nest can also be harmful to the environment and to your family.

Instead of destroying colonies of stinging insects, Witt Pest Management safely relocates important pollinators. We identify the species, discover what attracted them to your property and then create a treatment management plan that works for each of our customers. We offer ongoing protection. This means you can rest comfortably knowing that we have the experience, knowledge, and tools to confront your stinging insect problem so you can enjoy your yard. What are you waiting for? Call Witt Pest Management now if you have a problem with wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, or bees, and we’ll take care of them.

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