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The Best Time Of Year To Remove Wasp Nests, And How To Prevent Future Infestations

Best Time Of Year To Remove Wasp Nests

You might be surprised that the season for wasps and hornets is entering its most active phase. In the height of summer, our minds immediately conjure images of swarms of these annoying flies hovering over picnic tables and sipping from glasses of lemonade. The queen wasp begins establishing her colony in the spring. The peak population occurs in late autumn, when each nest can host up to five thousand colony members.

Why Do I Have So Many Wasps in My Backyard?

The sweet nectar of flowers is a major draw for wasps. Intuitively, wasps are drawn to bright colors and floral designs. Wasps are attracted to sweet liquids, meats, or even things such as perfume and cologne, so they will look for fruits or trash if there are no plants around. We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of wasp infestations and the specific characteristics of each that draw these stinging pests to them, as determined by our team of experts.

The Fruit Trees

The same may be said of wasps, which perform important ecological roles like bees and hornets. They prey on the soft-bodied insects that cause so much damage to our fruit trees and other food sources.

In the late summer, when they switch from eating protein-rich insects to eating sweet & sugary fruits and plants, wasps find fruit trees particularly tempting. But if you have a fruit tree on the property, you should be aware that a severe wasp infestation could grow near your home if you don’t pick up dropped fruits.

Fragrant Aromas

Wasps generally eat microscopic insects, but by late summer, they’ve switched to a diet of sweets, making everything from soda and fruit to perfume and cologne an easy target. It’s crucial to watch for biting wasps when you go outside, especially when families are having picnics and youngsters are playing.

Untreated Wood

Wasps can get a lot of the pulp they need to construct their nests from untreated wood. Decks, fences, playground equipment, storage sheds, and more are all commonly made of wood, which is a problem.

Making sure patios & walls aren’t worn and exposed will drastically reduce wasp activity near your property. Our specialists advise applying paint or stain to protect any wooden construction. Our team recently encountered a swing set with obvious wasp damage to the wood.

When Are Wasps Most Active?

Wasps are cyclical insects, with their activity increasing and decreasing with the seasons. During the hot summer, wasps are most active when a wasp nest is at its largest. When the weather warms up, wasps or other stinging insects forage for food to feed their growing colonies. During the warmer months, when temperatures peak, there will be a lot of activity, but once they drop, the fun will end.

What Time Of Year Is Best For Wasp Nest Removal?

Queen wasps escape their hibernating stage in early spring & start to create new nests. Because of this, the nest is still quite young and preoccupied with expansion in the latter part of spring and early summer. If you wish to remove the nest without killing the wasps, this is the ideal time. The longer you wait to eliminate it, the more difficult and risky it will be.

Going after wasp nests at night is preferable when the insects are sleeping and are consequently less active, slower to react, and far less aggressive. Employ a red-colored light to examine the nest and wait until early the next day to take advantage of the morning light.

Since most wasps, hornets, & bees die off when the temperature drops below a certain point, stinging insect activity is very cyclical. Unlike honeybees that hibernate inside their nests during the colder months, some wasps will die off as temperatures drop. As the final round of eggs was laid that developed fresh fertile female wasps, every rest of the colony, such as the older queen, will likely die off from the cooler temperatures completing its wasp life cycle. The surviving workers can pursue their goals without the queen caring for eggs and larvae. This allows those insects to stray from the nest and only seek food until they die from the elements.

Methods for Preventing Future Infestations

Nothing much will put a stop to an outside hangout time quicker than that of a swarm of wasps. Most kinds of wasps are not aggressive towards humans until provoked, but it is still wise to take precautions whenever you are in an area where wasps may be present. Wasps can be discouraged in many ways, from active removal to passive deterrence.

Prevention

This is always the primary and crucial step in keeping flies away. Wasps will nest wherever that offers them protection, but there are some places they like better than others. Various forms of food and pleasant things attract them, including nectar, lotions, fragrances, etc. So, you can keep them out after covering the garbage cans and removing all undesired food waste.

Since wasps like to make nests in cracks, damaged panels, and siding, keeping the building in good repair is also crucial. If the windows and doors are in good working order, wasps can’t get inside your home. To prevent the wasps from making a home in the rat holes in your yard, fill them in with earth or soil.

Plants

No pesticides are needed, as the scents of these plants naturally repel the wasps. If you’re a plant enthusiast who wants to deter wasps from setting up shop, go out and buy some new flowers.

Most humans enjoy the aroma of citronella, thyme, and eucalyptus. However, these plants are strongly disliked by wasps. Planting a range of these flowers around your home should help to ward off those annoying wasps.

A mixture of Essential Oils

Recent research has shown that combining clove, lemongrass, and geranium essential oils makes for an efficient wasp-repellent. Use a blend of these oils and some dish cleanser in the locations where they like to nest.

An Insecticide That Is Applied Through an Aerosol Spray

Pesticide may not be good for the environment, but it sure beats the alternative. Stop by your neighborhood hardware shop and pick up some wasp spray. If you see a wasp, spray it with insecticide to eliminate it instantly. Use these sprays sparingly unless required; they contain chemicals that can be harmful.

Conclusion

Alpha Pest Control is a team of professionals who use cutting-edge methods to control all kinds of flying pests. If you want to learn more about how we can make your home or business wasp-free, we encourage you to contact us today. Warning of a wasp nest or sighting of wasp activity should prompt action to eliminate the nest and eliminate the risk of damage to humans. To ensure your wasp infestation is resolved, call Alpha Pest Control to set up an examination with one of our qualified and trained wasp control technicians. When wasps become a problem, we can develop a treatment strategy that eliminates them in a controlled environment. Contact us immediately, and we will see how to eliminate those wasps.