It’s Spring and it’s time to get back outside! Everyone and everything starts to wake up from their winter slumber to head back outside. As you make your way into the great outdoors as well, whether to enjoy the sun or to start working on your property, remember that this is the most active time of year for stinging insects! Stinging insects like, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets will be out and about this spring. It’s important to know why these pests are so active in the spring, and just what to do if you have some on your property.
For wasps, hornets and yellow jackets, spring is a time for new construction (aka: building a new nest), gathering food and reproduction. You can find their nests underground, in old rodent homes, on the ground, under fallen logs or debris, in holes, in eaves, or even in trees and shrubbery. Stinging insects tend to build nests anywhere that they think will be a protected area. Finding them in hinges of doors that haven’t been opened all winter, in windows or in window screens is not an uncommon happening. So it is best to proceed with extra caution when opening up anything that hasn’t been used in a while this spring.
These insects are bit more on the aggressive side and we highly suggest to avoid contact with them.
Wasps, for instance, nine times out of ten will sting when they feel threatened. These particular insects have the ability to sting more than once! You can recognize them by their yellow and black stripes. Their nests can be found under things, like eaves and soffits.
Yellow jackets, like the wasps, are yellow and black striped. Nectar is believed to be their desired or primary food source but they will look for others. They are also attracted to sugar. Open sugary beverages are definitely a temptation for them. They also eat other insects and are scavengers of meat and fish. So, needless to say, open garbage containers will attract them in their pursuit of food. Additionally, yellow jackets often will start to build their nests close to their potential food source. They have been discovered around and in garbage containers, on playground equipment and in picnic tables.
Hornets are mostly black with a small bit of yellow on their head and tail. Hornet nests can be found in shrubbery, trees, attics and soffits. They eat other insects, which means they are usually active anywhere there is a high volume of insect presence.
If you find that you have a nest at your home or business, what’s next? How do you safely remove the nest and its colony? Wasp nest removal, as well as any stinging insect nest or hive removal, is dangerous business! Even if you aren't allergic to their sting, multiple stings from them can be quite painful and make you ill. Please do not attempt to remove a nest or hive on your own. We highly recommend calling a professional when it comes to any form of stinging insect control or wasp control. At Sprague Pest Solutions our highly qualified professionals can assist you in removing the stinging insects on your property, and we will work with you to help prevent future nest building from occurring. For pest control in Portland that can help keep your home and business safe from stinging insects, give Sprague a call today!