Wasp Prevention Tips for Homeowners in Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth This Summer
The warmer it is, the longer wasps will be around, which is why there is a lot of wasp activity in Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth. A wasp nest reaches peak activity levels in June and July when hundreds of wasps have reached adulthood and hundreds more are waiting to hatch.
The Queen of the Hive
In the beginning, a queen’s nest is small. The queen will produce female worker wasps first. After these hatch and reach maturity, they will continue building the nest while the queen continues to lay eggs. A queen lays close to a hundred eggs per day, and it takes 2 or 3 days for eggs to hatch. So you can see how rapidly a wasps' nest can grow.
However, all her busyness doesn’t mean good news for you. Wasps build their nests out of wood fibers. They can find this wood from things such as old fences and porches. They chew the wood fiber to make a paste-like pulp that is mixed with their saliva. They do not reuse the same nest from the previous year, so they are continuing to look for the resources to build their nests and feed the hundreds of larvae and wasps every year.
- Repair damaged screens on your doors or windows.
- Make sure to clear away garbage and animal feces which might attract wasps.
- Take caution when mowing the lawn or trimming vegetation so that you do not accidentally disturb a wasps' nest.
- Yellowjackets and other stinging insects can create ground nests in holes in yards; it is best to keep holes filled in.
- Remove standing water from your property.
- Make sure to repair dripping or leaking faucets and pipes.
Because of the risk associated with getting stung, it is best to have a professional remove hives or nests near your home, especially if you have young children or anyone in the home who may be allergic to a wasp sting.
These little pests can pack a punch... or a sting... or multiple stings. Unlike bees, wasps do not lose their stinger after stinging so they can sting a person several times! If you try removing their nest on your own, you put yourself at risk of being stung, multiple times, not by only one wasp, but by a whole hive of them.
Your home should be a safe haven, but when you’re dealing with wasps around your home, it can feel like a losing battle. With It's Bugs Or Us®, we can take care of your pest control needs so you can have your yard back!
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