Wasps in a nest. Pioneer Pest Management serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about yellow jackets and hornets and how you can help prevent them.

Wasps in a nest. Pioneer Pest Management serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about yellow jackets and hornets and how you can help prevent them.As summer sets in, you may encounter more wasps swarming around your property. These stinging insects produce painful stings and can be dangerous if you’re allergic to their venom. In fact, more than 500,000 people are sent to the emergency room every year because of stinging insects.

Although wasps are beneficial and prey on other insects, you shouldn’t have to share a home with them. This is why we at Pioneer Pest Management are talking about what attracts these pests and what you can do to help deter them.

Are Wasps Good for Anything?

Yes, believe it or not, wasps are good for something–natural pest control. Wasps prey and feed on other pests including flies, caterpillars, beetles, and greenflies from otherwise damaging crops and gardens.

What are Wasps Attracted to?

In the spring, when wasps are looking to establish nests, they’ll look for areas that keep them safe. Some wasps will build nests in trees, wall voids, and eaves while others will build nests in the ground and under decks. It all depends on the species.

Another factor that attracts wasps is the season. In spring and early summer, wasps are attracted to protein such as meats and pet food. In late summer, wasps are attracted to sugary substances like nectar, soda, and fruit. Because wasps are starving this time of year they also tend to be more aggressive. In fact, it’s not uncommon for yellowjackets to prey on honey bees and their hives.

Preventing Wasps

As with any pest, exclusion is the best defense against yellowjackets and hornets. If they don’t find your property favorable, they won’t nest there. Below are a few tips to help prevent wasps in the summer months.

  • Ensure your trash is tightly sealed
  • Replace damaged window screens and door screens
  • Ensure all gaps and crevices are sealed off (consider a silicone-based caulk)
  • Don’t leave pet food outside
  • Cover your exterior vents with wire mesh
  • Harvest ripe produce
  • Keep bright-colored flowers away from your home

Wasp Control

Wasp stings are painful and unlike honey bees, wasps can sting multiple times. These stinging insects release pheromones when they’ve stung and when they’ve been squished to signal danger to their colony. One wasp can quickly make a situation dangerous.

If you’ve spotted aggressive yellowjackets and hornets around your property, contact a professional pest control company like us at Pioneer Pest Management for expert advice. We proudly serve the Vancouver and Portland metro area.