As the weather gets cooler and fall seems to just be a few cool nights away, we get more and more calls from concerned people regarding wasps, bees and other stinging insects and what can be done to get rid of them. Sometimes these insects can be beneficial, but they can also pose a very serious health risk if they’ve built their nests in the eaves of your home. Many people tend to have allergic reactions towards bee and wasp stings, so it’s important to keep these pests away from your structure and your family.
Now, what kind of stinging insect is swarming around your home? Yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, and paper wasps are the most common type of wasp that people come into contact with. These insects have a smooth, shiny and slender appearance. Bees are fatter and tend to be larger, with fuzzy bodies that have dashes of yellow and black, or sometimes brown. Both of these insects will sting you if they feel they have been threatened, but wasps are the more aggressive of the two, with a desperate desire to protect their nests.
Both of these insects build their nests in quiet, out of the way places that are still in close proximity with any food sources they may have discovered. Sometimes you will find their nests in underground rodent burrows, but often they’re in the eaves of your house, around window frames, in the dark corners of your garage, barn or outdoor shed. Since there’s not much that you can do to deter these pests, here are a few times to avoid attracting them to your outdoor parties and activities:
- When you eat outside, don’t put foodstuffs out until you are ready to eat, as these pests are attracted to the food and will hover around it
- Make sure leftovers are put away immediately and trash goes into a trash can with a securely fitting lid
- Avoid wearing scented perfumes and lotions, as these also tend to attract stinging insects
- When working outside, avoid loose fitting clothing and always wear shoes, socks and other items to fully cover your body
- If you have allergies to bee and wasp stings, don’t do your own yard work- hire someone without stinging insect allergies to do your work
If you are outside and find that you are being pursued by a stinging insect, don’t make sudden movements. This can startle the insect, making it more aggressive and ready to sting.
If you have inspected your property and found a bee or wasp nest, don’t try to destroy it on your own. Do-it-yourself chemicals and pesticides can be dangerous to you and your family if they are handled incorrectly and they aren’t always effective. The best thing you can do to get rid of a stinging insect problem on your Wisconsin property is to contact the professionals at Wil-Kil. They have the skills and the know-how to safely destroy the offending insects and their nests without endangering you or your family. For more information on what our trained professionals can do for you, contact us today!