With the Back to School season in full force, summer is quickly fading from our minds. But the heat and pests of summer will be around for weeks to come. Wasps are summer pests that are actually at their peak during July, August and September.
Here are few signs that may indicate you have a wasp nest near your home:
- Wasps flying near sheltered areas such as gutters or roof spaces.
- Flight paths from wall cavities, eaves, sheds and garages.
It is not always necessary to remove wasp nests around your home. As summer runs its course, nests will eventually be abandoned. But if the nest appears in an area you frequent, it is best to have a professional remove the nest. Do not attempt to remove it yourself.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers the following tips when dealing with stinging insects:
- If one lands on your skin, resist the urge to swat and instead gently blow on it.
- If stung, remove the stinger, clean the area with soap and cold water and apply ice. Benedryl and hydrocortisone ointment may also help calm the reaction.
- Should you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as tongue and throat swelling, wheezing, dizziness, shortness of breath or drop in blood pressure, call 911.
- If allergic to stinging insects, learn how to use an epinephrine kit and carry it with you at all times.
- If you suspect an infestation or notice a hive or nest on your property, contact a licensed pest professional to safely remove the threat.
Wasps and other stinging insects are beneficial because they pollinate plants and flowers and eat other harmful pests, but they can cause painful stings and cause anxiety about being stung.