Paper wasps are common pests in Dallas. It is likely that you already have some strategies for dealing with them when you first see nests forming. If you catch little starter nests early, they can be dealt with during the day while the wasps are out gathering material. But, this is far from the only thing you can do to prevent nest creation. Let's take a look at a few things every Dallas property owner should know about paper wasp control.
What A Wasp Wants
If someone were to ask you what attracts wasps to your yard, what would your answer be? Would you say nectar? Sure. That's an easy one. All stinging insects eat nectar. How about bugs? Do you know that wasps are attracted to a yard that has lots of bugs? This is because they don't just eat sweets. They also eat sources of protein. One of the benefits that wasps provide to Dallas property owners is that they kill venomous spiders. Here are a few more things that could attract paper wasps to your yard:
Open trash - There can be many sources of sweets and meats in a bag of trash. If you store trash outside, make sure it is kept inside covered trash receptacles and keep those receptacles free of strong odors. The odor of trash is like ringing the dinner bell for wasps.
Honeydew - Plant-damaging insects, such as aphids and whiteflies, produce a sweet substance called honeydew. This is a sought-after food source for wasps and other pests. If you want to deter paper wasps and paper wasp nest creation, take measures to deter aphids and whiteflies.
Recycling - Even though a wasp can't get a meal from your empty bottles and cans, the scent of recycling can draw the wasp's attention if these items are not cleaned properly.
Bright colors - When paper wasps see bright colors, it can make them think that you have lots of flowers in your yard, and they will think that your yard has lots of nectar to eat.
Sweet smells - Wasps are drawn to certain sweet aromas. These remind them of flowers.
Pet food - If you have a dog, cat, or livestock that eat outside, their food can be an attractant for paper wasps. Pick up food after mealtimes to deter this.
Puddles - Water is essential for life. If you have water sources in your yard, you're going to have more trouble with wasps.
Drinks. Wasps are drawn to sweet beverages such as juices. If you have kids that leave cups of juice outside, these can lure wasps to your property.
How Professional Wasp Control Fits Into The Picture
It is okay to have wasps visit your property. If you work to remove the attractions listed above, you can reduce wasp activity and reduce the number of nests created each year in your yard. This may be enough, but when attractants aren't properly controlled, or wasps decide to create a nest on your property for some other reason, a professional can catch the nest early and properly address it before there is a stinging hazard. Residential pest control comes with routine pest inspections. These inspections have several benefits. Here are a few to consider:
Life gets busy, and it is easy to put pest inspection on your back burner. When you have year-round pest control for your home, you don't have to think about it.
A professional knows where to look for paper wasp nests. There are many surprising places a paper wasp nest can be found.
A professional knows what conditions are conducive to nest creation and will thoroughly inspect these areas.
A professional uses methods and strategies to detect nests in difficult locations.
Inspections are hard work. It is nice to not have to walk around your Dallas home in the hot sun and get into places that are cramped and dirty. A professional will do that for you.
Do You Live In Dallas?
If you do, you're in our service area. Let our service team set you up with a residential pest control plan for your Dallas home. This year-round service comes with more than paper wasp control. It can protect your family from mosquitoes, ticks, cockroaches, and other harmful pests that spread illness. It can protect your home from the destructive impact of subterranean termites, carpenter ants, rodents, and other wood-damaging pests. Wasp management is just the icing on the cake. To take the next step, reach out to us today to schedule a pest control evaluation for your home. Our friendly team of professionals is standing by to assist you with this important protection for your family, and for the investment, you've put into your home.