The Trick To Keeping Wasps Away From Your Tarrant County Property
January 15, 2021
Living with wasps on your property is a lot like living in an unlocked cage surrounded by sleeping wolves. Sure, you can leave at any time, but it only takes one wrong move to get hurt. If wasps build nests near your Tarrant County home year after year and you want this year to be different, you are in the right place. Here are a few tricks our experts recommend you use to keep wasps off your property.
Learn About Local Wasp Species
Tarrant County is home to more than one species of wasp, and some are more aggressive than others. To help you better understand the stinging insects around our area, here is a basic description of each.
Paper wasps are a less aggressive social species of wasps that are very common around Tarrant County. This brown, ⅝ to ¾” long insect is identifiable by it’s yellow or red markings. As their name suggests, this pest builds its nest out of paper, or more specifically, the emulsification of cellulose (the main component found in wood).
Yellowjackets are one of the most aggressive species of wasps in our area and are extremely defensive of their nest and queen, especially during the colder months. Identify a yellowjacket by its ⅜ to ⅝” long, yellow-black patterned body, and pinched midsection.
Hornets are one of the larger species of wasps that live in our area and are sometimes as aggressive as yellowjackets. Identify one of these pests by its ¾ to 1 ½” long brown body, yellow abdominal stripes, and pale face.
Mud daubers are solitary insects that live in tubes they construct out of the mud. Known for being less aggressive, this pest is best identified by its ½ to 1+” long, black body, stretched midsection, pale markings, and metallic luster.
Figure Out What Attracts Wasps To Properties
Wasps are drawn to things that are sweaty and meaty. These omnivorous pests love properties that are abundant in fruit trees, flowers, insects, and leftover food and beverages outside. The more sustenance your property offers, the more likely wasps will be to settle down nearby.
Put In Place A Plan Of Prevention
When it comes to preventing wasps, your goal should be to make your property as unattractive as possible. That is to say, you want to get rid of things that draw in wasps. Here are a few practical ways to do this:
- Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings.
- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.
- Make sure all of your trash cans have insect-proof lids.
- Pick up fruit and berries that fall onto your lawn.
- Consider getting rid of flowers around your property.
- Fill in holes around your yard.
- Keep unscreened windows and doors closed as much as possible.
- Make sure your home’s exterior is properly sealed.
If you find a wasp nest that is smaller than a golf ball, it is safe to knock it down. Just do your best to make sure no wasps are home when you do so.
Know When To Call In A Professional
Wasps are not a pest problem anyone should take lightly. If these painful stingers are settling down on your property, get the experts at Ivy Green Pest Control involved.
Our team of dedicated technicians and pest control professionals have the experience and industrial-grade pest control equipment needed to quickly and safely remove wasps from your property. Reach out to us today and schedule your Tarrant County property for an emergency wasp control visit ASAP.