Seven Quick Tips To Keep Wasps Off Of Your Charlotte Property

June 22, 2020

There are many different pests that you might have to deal with on your Charlotte property, but some are more of a concern than others. While some pests are just a nuisance, others can pose some health risks or cause property damage. 

a paper wasp on a plant

Pests that many people dread dealing with are wasps. While they aren't always as aggressive as you might think, some species will sting and inject venom multiple times in a row which is very dangerous. Their stings are very painful.

While there are thousands of species of wasps around the world, there are only a handful that are commonly found around Charlotte. Knowing how to identify them and tell them apart is the first step to controlling and removing them.

Here are some wasps common to the area and what they look like:

  • Yellowjackets: This species is smooth with yellow and black stripes. They are known for being a more aggressive species. 

  • Paper wasps: These wasps are thin with long, slender legs and are black with orange markings. Their nests have a papery appearance. 

  • Hornets: Hornets are black with white or yellow stripes. They are a smaller species that only grows to about a half an inch long.

Are Wasps Good For The Environment?

When thinking about wasps, you probably only think about the downsides of having them around your property, since wasps can sting both people and pets. However, wasps do have benefits for the environment. Just like bees, they pollinate flowers and plants, so they play a vital role in the ecosystem. Pollinators are a vital part of food production for many species, including humans. The other benefit of having wasps is that they can help control the populations of other insects.

Seven Tips For Preventing Wasps

While a wasp sting doesn't always lead to a serious health concern, being stung multiple times can lead to hospitalization. Some people have serious allergies to wasp stings, and even those who don’t can need medical attention, in some cases. Because of this, taking steps to help prevent wasps is important.

While it’s not possible to completely ensure the prevention of wasps, there are some things you can do to make your property less attractive to them. Many of these species will build nests on properties, and once a nest is built it is dangerous to try to get rid of it on your own. Prevention can reduce the likelihood of wasps building their home on your property.  

Here are some tips you can use to keep wasps away:

  • Keep outdoor trash cans secured with fitted lids.

  • Don’t keep any outdoor garbage cans near doors and windows.

  • Make sure that the screens in your doors and windows don’t have holes or tears in them.

  • Don’t leave food outside as the smell can attract wasps.

  • Clean up any spills of food if you have eaten outside.

  • Keep pools and hot tubs treated with the proper chemicals as wasps often hang around water sources. 

  • If you keep pet food outside, make sure it is stored properly.

How To Protect Your Home From Wasps

For help preventing or eliminating a wasp problem, the best thing to do is to contact the experts at Aruza Pest Control. We have over 20 years of combined experience protecting Charlotte homes and businesses from wasps and many other pests. Trying to get rid of a nest on your own is dangerous. Let our technicians take care of this task for you, to keep you and your family safe. Reach out to us today for prompt, professional assistance. 

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