By guest author Luis Alberto Simauchi Jr.

Hornets and wasps can become a major problem around your home if left unattended. Normally these insects will keep to themselves and not bother anyone unless they are provoked first. An example of which would include using a fly swatter around them, or poking their nest with a long stick.  Fortunately for all that are plagued by these winged nuisances, neither of these actions are necessary to take care of these pests.

While dying from wasp or hornet sting is a rare occurrence these days, you may want take hornet and wasp control seriously on the off chance that someone in your household or neighbourhood may be allergic to insect stings and bites. 

According to ABC news and US Government statistics, about forty to a hundred people die each year from insect-sting-related anaphylaxis. This is a type of shock that a hypo-allergic individual will have from even a single insect sting.

By controlling wasps and hornets on your property, you may help protect your family and neighbours from such tragedies. There are many pest control supplies available that will help you control hornet and wasp populations around your home.  The two best known methods are setting up traps for winged insects, and spraying existing nests with long range aerosol sprays.

Conventional wasp traps are made up of two portions, a lower portion for them to enter, and an upper portion used to encourage them to move into and trap them.  

These traps use an attractant, such as bait that is placed in a reservoir. Once in place, wasps and hornets alike will be attracted to the trap. When they enter, it is over…the winged pest may try to fly out they will go up into capture portion and will be stuck. 

In other trap designs, they may simply drown because of the water inside said trap.  These traps are best set up at spring and maintained through to the fall season.  Once you have set up traps, you can spray their nests and remove them after several days when they have left. A quick anecdote about baiting your winged insect trap; wasps and hornets are attracted to different kinds of food stuffs depending on the time of year. Wasps have a taste for proteins during the spring time and early summer. 

After autumn they switch up their preferences towards sweet starches in preparation for winter. In regards to trapping these little buggers; try using small bits of raw meat during the sunnier seasons. Hamburger meat, cat/dog foods, peanut butter and tuna are good options. 

If your experiencing a wasp or hornet problem during the autumn, then use molasses, jam, fruit juice or even beer make for an welcoming treat for your winged friends. 

There are many different options for controlling bees, wasps and hornets. It all depends on what kind of winged insect you are trying to remove. The carpenter bee, for example, would be treated differently than the conventional wasp due to its size and mild temper compared to its wasp brethren. Do your homework when it comes to dealing with bees, hornets and wasps! The more you know about them when tackling this problem, the less aches and pains, mentally and physically, you’ll endure.

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1 comment:

Mavis Vermillion said...

Wasps are one of the dangerous insects. Once they get mad, they may attack you. As much as possible, use a safe repellent for bugs.