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Bellevue Pest Management: Wasp Prevention Guidelines

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Wasps are one of the most common Bellevue pest management concerns, and they tend to make their appearance when the weather starts to warm. One of the most common species is the paper wasp, which gets its name from texture of its nests, which are paper-like. Effective wasp prevention includes knowing some basic information about these pests.

Paper Wasp Habitats and Habits

A paper wasp nest resembles a honeycomb, and they can be found hanging from trees, soffits, eaves, rafters, railings, porch ceilings, door or window frames, and the floor joists of a deck. During the fall, female paper wasps look for a warm place to spend the winter.

Paper wasps are semi-social and do not live in large colonies. While they enjoy eating nectar, the wasps dine on other insects, like flies and caterpillars.

Threats

Paper wasps are relatively docile but will sting if disturbed or if they think you are threatening their nest. A wasp’s sting is very painful and can cause an allergic reaction, especially if you’re allergic to bee stings. Unlike bees, a female wasp can sting repeatedly.

Prevention

Take action to prevent a wasp infestation before it becomes an issue. First, seal all the entrances into your home, as well as cracks in the interior walls. Then avoid attracting wasps by not leaving food and garbage out in the open. Talk to a Bellevue pest control company to learn about custom prevention solutions for your home.

What to Do

If you encounter a paper wasp nest, don’t touch it. Instead, reach for the phone and call a Bellevue pest control company. If you don’t see a nest, signs that paper wasps live in your area include wasp sightings; a humming noise coming from potential nesting sites; or a number of bee or wasp carcasses on your property. When it comes to dealing with wasps, it’s always best to let a Bellevue pest management professional evaluate your property to identify the pest properly so he or she can recommend the correct and most effective pest control techniques available.

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