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If you’ve opened your door and walked outside lately, it is very clear that fall has arrived. Leaves are changing, the nights are definitely cooler and we’re seeing scarecrows and pumpkin-flavored everything everywhere. Most people love this time of year. Most of us are sad to see summer go, but there is definitely something to be said for cool and crisp fall days!
In the pest control industry, the end of summer also means that certain pests are no longer a great concern, while other pests become more of a problem. Stinging insects are one of those pests that become a little more concerning in the fall.
Their populations are at their peak and they become more noticeable around your home, especially if you have a late
summer/early fall outdoor cookout or party. What stinging insects should you be concerned about this fall?
The Midwest wasps that we contend with include:
By the end of the summer, the hives that belong to these stinging insects are typically at capacity with fully grown
insects that all need to be fed. Stinging insects will do more foraging in the fall, looking for sweets and anything they
can find to feed their large colony. When populations of these insects are large, there is a greater chance they will
come into contact with you and your family while they are searching for food. This is a problem because the stings of
these insects are painful and some people suffer allergic reactions when stung by these pests.
At Extermital, we often get customers asking “are yellow jackets dangerous?” The fact is that these insects can be
beneficial on your property with their pollinating and their preying on other bothersome insects, but when yellow jackets
and other wasps become aggressive, they can pose a danger to you and your family. To anyone with a stinging insect allergy,
it is absolutely essential to remove a stinging insect nest on your property.
Fortunately, there are exceptions. Giant wasps (also known as cicada killers) don’t have a typical nest
like most wasps; they are solitary insects. Cicada killers create burrows in the ground and then lure cicadas into these
burrows; these are not typically dangerous stinging insects and are considered quite docile, even when handled directly
(although we don’t recommend this!). Honey bees and bumblebees are also quite beneficial and are not known to become especially
aggressive, but if there is a large bee hive on your property, bee removal may become necessary.
Because yellow jackets and other wasps can become aggressive, their nests should be controlled when they are attached to your home, or in immediate proximity to your home. Yellow jackets are also known for sometimes building nests inside wall voids which can pose a serious threat to your family as well as your home’s structure. For complete stinging insect control, it is necessary to call in the pest control professionals.
We can help you get rid of stinging insect nests that are on your property (or within the walls of your home!)
quickly and safely, without causing you or your family members to get stung. Our professionals have the tools and the experience necessary to get rid of these pests as well as many others that may become a problem for you this fall. Give us a call today to learn more about our residential pest control services and to find out what we can do to help you get rid of stinging insects on your property.
“Take care of the customers you have, and you’ll always have customers to take care of!”.
Your satisfaction is our goal. If you aren’t completely satisfied, we will work with you until you are.
Terry Teague - President of Extermital.