What are wasps?
Wasps are flying, stinging pests that regularly take over our yards, using them as a place to find their necessities. While wasps may enjoy our outdoor spaces, having them in our yards puts families and pets in danger. Wasps, like other stinging insects, have venom-filled stingers. Wasps are predators and use their stingers for both hunting and defense. Wasps play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to control populations of insects that otherwise would get out of hand.
Examples of wasps living in our area of Michigan are paper wasps, mud daubers, and yellow jackets. Paper wasps and yellow jackets are social insects and live together in large groups. Mud daubers are a solitary species which means the females create individual nests but may nest in the same area. Protect your Warren home from wasps with regular services from Maple Lane Pest Control.
Are wasps dangerous?
Wasps are dangerous to people. They protect themselves and their nests from perceived danger using their stingers. Unfortunately, when wasps are nesting in our yards, doing simple things like walking by their nest or gardening can be seen as a threat by wasps. Wasp venom is potent enough to trigger serious allergic reactions in people, sometimes requiring medical attention.
Why do I have a wasp problem?
Wasps are a problem on properties that provide them with the basic necessities they require for survival. Wasps and other pests are most attracted to yards and homes that provide access to proteins and sweets, water sources, nesting sites, or protected places to overwinter. Once they have seen how beneficial your property can be to them, they will take over without hesitation.
Things that are most likely to lure wasps and the insect prey they hunt to an area are open trash cans, flowering vegetation, standing water, and outdoor eating areas.
Where will I find wasps?
If wasps find an entry point into your home, they will nest in wall voids, spaces under floors, attics, and chimneys. Having wasps nesting in your home is not only a danger to your family but to your home. Once they abandon their nests, they will begin to decay and attract insects into your house; the decay can also cause mold and mildew issues.
Outside, wasps will place their nests in various places; they are most problematic when they nest in high-traffic areas of our yards.
Mud daubers create nests out of mud-like materials. They prefer to build their small nests underneath overhangs or within tight crevices. They often construct their nests under roof eaves, porches, decks, and doorways or rock crevices.
A paper wasp builds its nest using a paper-like material made of saliva, bark, and other plant materials. The inside of the nest is made of multiple single cells attached by a single stem, causing the nest to look like an upside-down umbrella. They put their nests under rooflines, decks, within doorways, on rafters, or in other sheltered areas.
Yellow jackets often place their nests at ground level or underground in the abandoned nests of small animals. They also like to build nests near or under fallen trees, woodpiles, brush piles, and spaces under decks or shrubs. Maple Lane Pest Control offers reliable yellow jacket treatments to help keep your property safe from these pests.
How do I get rid of wasps?
Turn to Maple Lane Pest Control to help you rid your property of wasps. With over 40 years of experience in the Macomb County, MI pest control industry, you can trust us to provide you with the most effective pest control services around.
We know that pest control isn’t the same for every property and will work with you to ensure we meet the needs of your unique property. Our residential and commercial pest professionals perform thorough inspections, provide safe and effective treatments, and offer regularly scheduled visits to help you maintain a property free of unwanted visitors like wasps.
If you are experiencing problems with wasps, call us today and speak with one of our helpful and knowledgeable professionals!
How can I prevent wasps in the future?
Despite their eco-importance, wasps are dangerous when they decide to nest or forage for food in high-traffic areas of any of our Michigan yards. Your best bet to safely remove them is to partner with us at Maple Lane Pest Control.
In addition to professional pest control, doing the following things will make your property less attractive to wasps:
- Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
- Maintain gardens.
- Keep outdoor eating areas free of leftover food.
- Pruning trees, shrubs, and bushes reduce the amount of vegetation they can nest in.
- Keep your grass cut short.
- Eliminate water sources by maintaining gutters, storing containers that collect rainwater upside down, and repairing leaky spigots.