What Every Norfolk Property Owner Needs To Know About Wasp Control

October 15, 2020

Home and business owners alike have a healthy fear of wasps. If you don't want wasps to take over your property, there are a few things you should know. This guide to wasp control can help you both deter and eliminate wasps from your Norfolf property.

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Wasps In Norfolk

In Norfolk, several types of wasps make their way into local properties. Although the wasps have slight differences in appearance, they share a few characteristics.
 
For instance, wasps all have two pairs of wings. They also have pinched waists and little to no hair.
 
Some of the more common types of wasps in Norfolk include yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, and paper wasps. All of these insects have the potential to sting. Unfortunately, they tend to be aggressive and sting repeatedly when provoked. If you unknowingly approach and disturb a nest, you could experience multiple stings.
 
For those with an allergy to wasp venom, even one sting could be deadly. At the very least, it will be painful and uncomfortable. Even if you don't have an allergy, multiple stings can put you in serious danger.
 
The only way to protect yourself from wasps is to keep them away. Whether you're a home or business owner, prevention is key.

What Attracts Wasps

Before you learn about wasp prevention, you should know what wasps enjoy. Depending on the species, wasps eat other insects, nectar, and sweets. To find food, they often search in your garbage cans, piles of compost, and gardens. They also seek out water, as they need it to survive.
 
If you want to keep wasps at bay, you need to remove everything that attracts them. All of the following are effective wasp control tips:

Seal Your Garbage Cans

If your garbage cans don't have lids, buy lids for them. And if they do have lids, make sure you use them and seal them tightly. Failing to do so attracts both wasps and other insects, which then draw in wasps. Your garbage can become a buffet for hungry wasps.

Don't Leave Scraps Out

After you eat outside, you should clean up with care. Small scraps of food or remnants of sweet drinks will attract wasps. When you clean up, be thorough, or you will likely end up with wasps on your property.

Pick Up Fruit Trees

While you might love having fruit trees, those same trees that give you fresh fruit could attract wasps. Fallen fruit is tempting for other insects and wasps. As fruit falls, you should pick it up. If you notice any damaged fruit on your trees, pick the fruit and throw it out.

Get Rid Of Flowers

A garden full of flowers is beautiful, but it could be a detriment to your safety. If you can live without your flowers, remove them from your garden. You'll have fewer wasps and a safer property.

Reduce Nesting Spots

Wasps nest in a variety of places. Some species build nests underground. To deter these wasps, fill in holes in your yard. Other wasps seek out eaves, roof spaces, and sheds for nesting spots. If possible, seal up access points to those areas. Don't leave bird nests or other potential nesting places on your property, or you could be inviting a wasp problem.

Call A Professional

The best thing you can do to deter and eliminate wasps is to work with a professional. They understand wasp behavior and know what it takes to keep them away.
 
If you find wasps on your land, it's too late to take matters into your own hands. Contact the professionals here at Hometown Pest Control for more wasp prevention assistance or the safe removal an existing problem.

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