In many Canadian and U.S. cities, wasp stinging is a common problem from which everyone wants relief. Wasps are, typically, medium-sized insects bearing black and yellow or white lines on their stomachs. Hornets and yellow jackets are the two species that you can quickly identify. However, there are many harmless types of wasps also that exist on the planet, and which look similar to these pests. Wasp’s stinger, located at the back of its body contains venom, which, when injected into the skin, can be extremely painful.
It is believed that wasps that live in groups are particularly harmful due to their behaviour, and of them, German yellow jackets are best recognized for their aggression. These wasps build unique shapes and sizes of paper nests. You can see some of them quite easily. The nests can be open or closed structures with an aperture near the foundation. It depends on which species have made them.
Problems that you may face with wasps
Social wasps can attack people and animals on instinct without any provocation. A bite of venomous wasp can lead to acute allergic reactions and death in a few cases. That’s why it’s critical to check with a doctor once when you experience dizziness, itching, an unusual bump, or breathing problem due to its sting.
If you want to protect yourself from its bite, maintain calm when it sits on you. Wait for it to go away or remove it gently to avoid disturbing or scaring it. By chance it stings you, apply baking soda paste or ice packs to soothe the affected area.
Wasps love sweet as well as protein foods. In homes and yards, they can get fruits and sugary drinks to feed off effortlessly. To make sure they don’t become daily trouble for you, examine your indoor and outdoor area well before the summer months are in full swing. Discouraging a single female wasp from building its nest near your home is easy compared to dealing with the fully grown nest in the peak summer month.
Another thing is, avoid leaving leftover food from picnic or wet pet food in the open. Don’t keep your drinks and food uncovered while eating outside. It is also better to not use scented perfumes or hair spray. The garbage cans should remain covered until you throw it out. Walking barefoot on lawns and grass is also not good especially in the later part of the summer season when these insects are more active.
Tips for nest removal
If they built a nest close to your home and it doesn’t seem harmful for your health, then don’t do anything until November or December. As they tend to leave it during that time, removing the nest will be a lot easier then.
In case you don’t have an option other than destroying it, then choose evening time for the work as they are found to be less active then. Removing nest requires patience, expertise, and caution as it contains many wasps that can attack you. Although wasps removal can be done by you if you are wearing protective gears and are careful, hiring a pest control company that specializes in this job is still the best course of action.