Hidden Hideouts for Wasp Nests

Western Canada is a natural paradise, home to diverse wildlife species, not all of which are welcome to move into your backyard without paying rent, or at very least politely asking for the privilege.

Wasps have a way of ruining summer time fun. Around early spring to early summer the queen leaves her nest to start gathering material and scouting for locations to make a new nest. Unfortunately, wasps love to set up shop in inconvenient places like your home or property. Once the queen finds a suitable location, she will begin the initial building, go back to the current nest and then send out the worker wasps to finish the job.

Wasps are actually needed because they keep the insect population down in the late spring and early summer. They are predators so they feed on a variety of insects including flies, crickets, caterpillars and a host of other pests. But come late summer and early autumn they develop a sweet tooth and start hanging around humans while looking for sweets.

Wasps are generally disliked because of their capacity to sting. At best, a wasp sting is a painful experience, and at worst it can provoke a life-threatening reaction in someone allergic to their venom. They also threaten essential honeybee populations, which are currently at risk due to other environmental factors. In general, wasps are viewed as a detriment to the quality of life in your backyard, and people commonly want to get rid of them.

Wasps make their nests out of chewed up wood pulp and saliva. They love to build nests on any horizontal surface. That means wasp nests will often show up on eaves, beams, overhangs and other spots around your home, shed or attic. They also love to build their nests on branches and limbs.

Wasps will also build nests in the ground. They will typically find an old rabbit hole or mice den and use that as the opening. That means it is important to fill in any holes you see around your property.

It is important to destroy the wasp nest as soon as possible before it grows. The best time to do this is June while the nest is still small.

While consumers can purchase aerosol sprays that kill wasps on contact at just about any hardware store, care needs to be taken when using them. If you misjudge the number of wasps, or the effectiveness of the spray, you can find yourself the target of the anger of hundreds of irate wasps. Our experienced technicians can take care of a wasp’s nest without provoking a frenzy of angry wasps, and give you back your backyard. We can also help you change your yard so that wasps won’t be so inclined to move in on you.

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