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Are Wasps Invading Your Nashville Yard?

July 30, 2022 - Stinging Insects

There's nothing like the warm weather to bring out the pests. Unfortunately, for many Nashville residents, that means wasps are starting to invade yards and homes. Wasps are some of the scariest bugs to invade your property. They sting and can cause allergic reactions.

There have been cases of individuals passing on due to a severe reaction to wasp venom. Hence, when you spot a wasp nest near your home, promptly contact a Nashville pest control expert to help you deal with the threat.

What Do Wasps Look Like?

While there are several types of wasps, they generally have a thin waist between the thorax and abdomen. Most species have black or yellow markings on the body. Some are entirely black, while others may be all yellow with just spots of another color. They also tend to be smaller than bees, though some can grow up to an inch long.

Common species found in Nashville include:

  • Paper wasp: The name comes from their unique nests, which are made of paper and often found hanging from tree branches or eaves on homes. They also tend to be brownish-orange with black markings.
  • Yellow jacket: Yellow jackets have a yellow and black pattern, much like bees. However, they have thinner bodies and are more aggressive. They often build nests in the ground or inside protected areas, such as tree stumps, sheds, or attics.
  • Bald-faced hornets: This wasp species is black with white markings that resemble a face mask. Hornets are larger than other types of wasps and tend to be more aggressive. They also build above-ground nests in tree branches, eaves, or sheds.
  • Mud dauber wasps: They're not naturally aggressive and build their nests out of mud. They tend to be black with a yellow or orange marking pattern on the abdomen.

Whether you're dealing with an African killer wasp or any other species, it's best to contact an exterminator for help. They can aid with wasp identification, removal, and prevention.

How Dangerous Are Wasps?

Wasps are dangerous for two reasons. First, unlike bees, these pests can sting multiple times without dying. Second, wasps tend to be more aggressive than other types of stinging insects. They'll attack when threatened or if you get too close to their nest.

In addition, they're a significant threat to individuals with severe allergies as a single sting can cause anaphylactic shock, leading to death. Though rare, this does happen, and it's vital to be aware of the dangers wasps pose.

Contact a residential or commercial pest control contractor right away if you're having problems with wasps near your Nashville home or business. Don't attempt wasp removal on your own, as wasps can be very aggressive, and their stings can be deadly.

Natural Wasp Prevention Tips

You can do a few things to help prevent wasps from invading your yard in the first place:

  • Remove any potential nests that may provide shelter for wasps, including abandoned birdhouses, eaves, and tree stumps.
  • Avoid leaving food out, especially sugary foods.
  • Ensure all trash cans have tight-fitting lids and take your garbage out regularly.
  • Keep your grass trimmed and avoid letting any bushes or trees grow too close to your home.
  • Some essential oils are naturally repulsive to wasps, such as peppermint, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and citronella.

Consult a professional home pest control contractor for further advice on which products to use and how to apply them.

The Safest Form Of Wasp Control

When it comes to wasp prevention and control, the safest and most effective way of dealing with these pests is through professional extermination. At Five-O Pest Control, we have the knowledge and experience to handle any wasp infestation.

We can help you identify the species and remove them safely and effectively. Don't take chances with wasps; contact us today to learn more!

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