Watch out for wasps!

July 31st, 2023

In late summer, wasps are everywhere. There are a number of ways to get rid of these annoying pests.

Wasps have taken advantage of the hot weather of the past few weeks to produce bigger-than-normal colonies. With easy access to food and the materials they need to build their nests, they are more numerous---and earlier---than usual this year.

Wasps are social insects that live in colonies. The colonies grow over the summer months and reach maturity in August, when thousands of the insects take to the skies. This is the season when they tend to hang around our gardens, patios, and decks---attracted by our sticky, protein-rich food. When you consider that a mature colony can contain up to 4,000 individuals, and that wasps can sting several times, it's normal to be concerned!

There are a number of ways to get rid of pesky wasps. If they are simply flying around, and you are unable to locate their nest, try using a baited trap. The wasps will be attracted by this source of food and easily caught.

However, if you have located a nest, proceed with extreme caution. The proper way to get rid of the nest depends on nest type and location. One thing is certain---never block the entrance to a nest located in the wall of your house. You may find yourself with a wasp problem inside your home instead!

The Technical Team

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