Everyone has something they are afraid of. For many people, one of their fears is wasps. This is a very logical fear. If you have ever had the negative experience of being stung by a wasp or, worse, disturbing a nest and being stung by several, chances are you have at least a little fear of these tiny painful stingers. The good news is, with a little of the right preparation, you do not have to be afraid of running into wasps on your own property.
Wasp Season Here In Memphis, and Why Now Is The Time To Prepare
Like many other pests, wasps are seasonal, meaning that they live their lives in cycles. These cycles are fairly predictable and happen in the same order each year at about the same time. Here in Memphis this usually starts in the spring when female wasps emerge from their winter slumbers and begin to search for places to establish their nests. This searching is happening right now. Once they have found a place to call home they will begin to build their nests. Typically these nests are made of chewed-up wood fibers mixed with their saliva. After this, they will lay their eggs. When these eggs hatch they will go through three stages of development before they are fully capable adults. At this point, the wasps' main goal will be to grow their population. The queen will continue to lay eggs and the workers will continue to build and defend the nest. This is where the real problem starts.
Prevention Steps For Wasps
With queens scouting for nests and workers on the way, wasps are about to resurge here in Memphis Tennessee. If you and your home do not have the proper defenses in place, you could find yourself with angry stingers protecting their claimed property. This could mean painful stings and ruined outdoor events. Here are some simple ways you can begin to prepare.
- Check around your property frequently for fresh nests. Usually, these nests will be hidden in lofts, garages, eaves, and around sheds.
- Reduce sweet things around your property. If you have outdoor gatherings in the springtime, make sure to clean up any leftover sugary drinks or foods.
- Make sure your trash cans have tightly fitting lids. Wasps will often raid trashcans for the sugary trash within.
When To Call In The Pros
If despite your efforts to keep wasps off of your property, they still decide to set up home nearby, it’s time to call in the professionals. Here at Mid South Pest & Termite, we do not fear wasps because we know how to deal with them. Our nest-removal services are quick and effective no matter the size of the nest. If you spot a nest on your property, give us a call. We would be happy to send one of our highly trained pest technicians your way ASAP.