Arizona Home Owner’s Wasp Prevention Guide
Unfortunately if you live in Arizona, you’ve likely experienced many summers alongside one scary-looking pest, the wasp. These insects can make anyone anxious and tend to make their nests in unoccupied areas around our homes – whether it’s an outdoor dining space, in a bush by the pool, or in damaged tiles along our roof. We have some tips to help with was prevention, and limit their presence on your property!
While everyone has had experience with wasps, the truth is that all the different categories of wasps are often lumped together and imagined as the traditional black and yellow paper wasp. There are many different types, also including yellowjackets and hornets – the benefit to knowing the type of wasp will allow you to find their nest much easier, as hornets and paper wasps tend to nest in elevated areas, while yellowjackets nest closer to the ground, or even inside it!
While there are differences between the different types, one thing they share in common is the ability to sting multiple times in a row, very different from that of a bee. Because wasps are territorial, they can threaten unsuspecting people in the area. This can be even worse if the nest is disturbed, potentially exposing someone to getting stung by multiple wasps. The symptoms of the stings can range from shortness of breath all the way to anaphylactic shock!
Properly Preventing Wasps
Preventing wasps is often necessary when you live in Arizona, and we have some tips to help keep them away. One of the most important things to keep in mind is how wasps are drawn to any source of sugar – this may range from the lure of an unattended soda on the poolside to being attracted to hummingbird feeders! More tips to keep in mind:
- Watch for any activity around food sources on your property. This includes pet bowls and hummingbird feeders!
- Inspect the screens on your doors and windows to make sure there are no gaps. Make any necessary repairs, and keep screens closed when you open your windows or doors!
- Cover all your garbage with strong lids to restrict access to spoiled food.
- If you find holes in the ground, be sure to fill them in to avoid allowing wasps to nest!
- If wasp nests are spotted, give us a call and we’ll arrange for a nest removal! Leaving nests in place can cause the pests to multiply and take over a space of your property if you aren’t careful.
Unfortunately there is no complete magic cure for wasps. You must restrict their food supply and limit any habitable options as well. Sometimes dealing with a wasp infestation can be overwhelming which is why Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control is here to help you! Give us a call or fill out our online form and we’ll arrange a time to inspect your property and work out a wasp prevention plan!