August

12

2012

 
wasp on a wasp nest in denver

Wasps are common summer pests in Denver and Boulder; follow these tips to keep them outdoors where they belong!

We have now been enjoying the warmer months of the summer season for quite some time and with fall getting closer, the threat of stinging insects including wasps is going to remain in effect. While most of us associate stinging insects with the peak of the summer, it is actually closer to the fall season when their nests and colonies are at their peak. The young have grown and now the nests are housing a large number of adult wasps. With that said, it is time that Colorado homeowners learn how to prevent the threat of wasps on their property.

Wasps are actually made up of thousands of different species. The most common to us are hornets and yellow jackets however there are many, many more. They vary in color, shape and size and yes, some are capable of stinging. But contrary to belief, most species only use their stinger as a means to lay eggs and sometimes for defense, not to attack us and scare us. Regardless, wasps of any kind do not make good neighbors or housemates and you do not want them nesting near or inside of your home.

From the Denver pest control pros at EnviroPest by Sprague, here are some tips to prevent the threat of wasps this summer and fall:

  • Inspect the outside of the home including the exterior of the home, bushes, trees, and shrubs for any nests of wasps. While most species form nests up high, some like yellow jackets form their nests underground.

  • Avoid bringing sugary drinks outside and be cautious during cookouts that you do not leave food lingering around as it will likely attract wasps.

  • Always wear shoes when outside in case of accidentally stumbling upon a wasps nest.

  • Seal off any gaps or holes on the exterior of the home so that wasps cannot gain access and find a place to nest inside of the home.

  • Keep your windows and doors protected with screens if they are going to be opened as this will prevent wasps from flying inside and potentially stinging you or any family members.

  • Take the trash out regularly and keep it in bins that are covered with lids to prevent attracting wasps to the trash.


For those in Denver, Boulder, or surrounding Colorado communities, if you have identified wasps nest near or inside of your home, please contact EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions. Do-it-yourself pest control treatments for wasps and other stinging insects are not advised as due to their ability to sting and cause allergic reactions. EnviroPest by Sprague offers safe and effective stinging insect control so you can be sure that you and your family will be protected from the threat of stings in Colorado this summer and fall.