Wasp Control

Wasp control is something most every homeowner eventually deals with. Unless one is highly allergic to a wasp sting, they aren’t very harmful (but maybe painful). While a wasp doesn’t usually go out of its’ way to sting, if you disrupt their space, they may get a little “stirred up”. 

Just be calm.

If you happen to wander into a wasp nest, don’t start swatting! Remember, the object is wasp control. Swatting attracts more wasps so be calm and move away. Walk indoors if you can. If a wasp follows you indoors, open windows and doors and allow it some room to get out. 

Wasp nests are generally found around loose piles of wood and under porches. They can also be found along rafters or in rarely used empty cans, buckets and boxes.

Everyone has at least one good quality.

Unlike bees who pollinate other plants, a wasps best redeeming quality is that they help us out by eating other insects. Telling the difference between wasps and bees is pretty easy. Bees are “husky” and wasps are “slim”. Bees are “hairy” and wasps are “smooth”.

Things that attract wasps:

  • Flowers and plant life
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Uncovered and overflowing garbage cans 
  • Properties with many insects and spiders (prey for wasps)

Is it too late to control wasps?

Wasp nests are generally designed by the queen in the spring and they grow all spring and early summer. By August, nests are at their peak size and the wasps are at their most aggressive. If you have waited until August, either get the help of a professional or just try to avoid stirring them up. 

If you decide to just keep calm, let the frost do its’ work.  Then get rid of the nests so they don’t move back in next spring.  Be proactive and start looking for them early in the year. Then  destroy the nests and the queen before they grow and get really angry. 

Five things you can do to control and prevent wasps from taking up residence with you next spring:

  • Remove abandoned nests in winter
  • Seal gaps in your home
  • Eliminate loose piles of wood and refuse in your yard
  • Clean up rotten fruit under fruit trees
  • Keep outdoor garbage tightly sealed

If you aren’t into wasp hunting, call a professional pest service like Lawn and Pest Solutions. They can control wasps while you stay safely indoors. A licensed technician from Lawn and Pest can assess the situation and handle it promptly and safely. Our trained pest technicians serve all areas between Memphis, TN, Oxford, New Albany and Tupelo, MS. You can also find them everywhere in between! Give us a call to control wasps, hornets, bees and other angry pests!

Cicada Killer Wasps: How Dangerous Are They?

When you see a rather large wasp flying around you aggressively, it is quite normal to be frightened.  Cicada Killer Wasps are longer than one inch and have black and yellow markings very similar to a yellow jacket.  The eastern cicada killer wasp also nests in the soil like yellow jackets, although the cicada killer is solitary so it usually nests alone.

Yellow jacket

Cicada Killer Wasp (Photo: E. Youngsteadt)

What You Need to Know

If this is the first you have heard of the cicada killer, you might be thinking about how scary its name sounds.  The name is quite fitting since they hunt cicadas and feed them to their larvae.  If you feel like you may need to get rid of these wasps around your home, contact us online or give us a call at 888-534-4535.  One of our trained technicians will visit your home and assess your situation.  Verifying if you do have cicada killers vs. yellowjackets, hornets or bees is very important, and we have the knowledge to offer expert advice.  Cicada killers are unlikely to sting you unless they feel threatened, and the male has no stinger.  The best course of action is to leave them alone and let them feed on cicadas.  On the other hand, yellowjackets and hornets can be quite aggressive and do readily sting humans.

Cicada Killer Wasp Facts

They can be up to 1 1/2″ long.

They prefer to burrow in bare ground or thin grass.

Their nests are easy to identify because of the large entry hole and excavated soil.

The female is larger than the male.

Cicada killer wasp sting paralyzes cicadas.

The cicada is taken back to the nest to be fed to wasp larvae.

Cicada killer wasps are beneficial insects-they fight high populations of cicadas.

As long as you don’t bother the cicada killer wasp too much, the two of you should be able to live in harmony.  If you have questions or concerns about these or other insects in or around your home, contact us and we will gladly offer advice.  For help with pest control around your home, consider our Pest 360 service and get pest control tailored to your needs.

Note: Insect stings can provoke serious reactions, particularly for those with allergies.  Always consult a medical professional if you are stung and experience serious symptoms.