Throughout the summer, stinging insects, like wasps, are building up their nests. Inside their nests, these social insects are reproducing quickly, thanks to a hardworking queen laying her eggs. The worker wasps are sent out to gather food and as the summer wears on, more and more food is needed for a population that seems to be growing quickly! By the end of the summer, wasp populations tend to be at their peak and wasp activity outside the nest seems to be at its peak too! If you are seeing wasps now, there’s a good chance as the summer wears on, the populations will only increase. What can be done to protect your family from the sting of these insects? Here are some helpful tips from the pros at Wil-Kil.

  1. To avoid coming into contact with stinging insects, follow these tips:
  2. Don’t wear brightly colored clothing. This can attract stinging insects to your body.
  3. Always wear shoes when spending time outdoors; some stinging insects nest in the ground so shoes can help protect your feet should you accidentally step on a bee or wasp.
  4. Keep food under wraps. These hungry insects will eat whatever they can find and they especially like sweets! At picnics and BBQs, keep food under wraps until it is ready to be eaten and then put it away again as soon as everyone has finished.
  5. If drinking from an open cup outdoors, always check your drink for stinging insects before taking a sip.
  6. Keep trash in a can with a tightly fitting cover; stinging insects will hover around the trash can if there is food present.
  7. Enlist the help of a pest control pro to locate and remove any stinging insect nests that may be on your property.

Many people are allergic to the sting of wasps or bees, but the majority of people have only a small reaction to a sting (swelling, redness and pain at the site of the sting). These insects are actually quite beneficial to have on your property; they pollinate flowers and can help limit the insect population around your home by feeding these insects to their young. Some of the insects they feed on can damage crops and ornamental plants in your garden, so having them around your home can be helpful, assuming you or someone in your family isn’t allergic to their sting.

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If a stinging insect has built a nest on your home, on your decking or directly next to your home, you may find it safest to have this nest removed by a professional. We would not recommend attempting to remove a stinging insect nest on your own, as wasps have the ability to sting repeatedly and can become aggressive if they feel their nest is being threatened. To have a nest removed safely, contact the pros at Wil-Kil today. Our expertly trained professionals can remove a nest and help offer prevention services to keep these insects from nesting on your property in the future.

Contact us today for more info on stinging insect control and to schedule your first appointment.