The Dangers Wasps Bring To St. George Properties
June 15, 2021
Creating and tending to beautiful, luscious gardens is one of the most enjoyable pastimes for many St. George residents during the summer, but what happens when those radiant blooms and that sweet-smelling nectar attract dangerous insects? Stinging insects like wasps absolutely adore a vibrant garden for many reasons, and having occasional buzzing visitors isn't terrible. When they decide your property is cozy enough to make a home for themselves, though, things start to get dangerous.
Identifying Common Wasps In St. George
There are a few different species of wasps that are commonly found infesting St. George's properties; paper wasps, tarantula hawks, yellow jackets, mud daubers, and bald-faced hornets. You might be thinking that hornets don't qualify as wasps, but hornets are actually a subspecies of the wasp family. Here's how you can identify each one:
- Paper wasps – ½ to 1 ½ inch long, hairless bodies, coloring is most commonly black, dark brown, and orange. They build aerial paper-like nests
- Tarantula hawks – up to two inches long, hairless bodies, black coloring with orange wings. Prefer solitary life rather than large nests, and burrow into the ground for shelter
- Yellowjackets – ½ of an inch long, hairless bodies, black and yellow stripes. Their nests are often found underground, or in tree cavities and the inside of accessible walls
- Mud daubers – ½ to one inch long, hairless bodies with thin, elongated waists. Coloring varies between black, black and yellow, and metallic blue, and they build tube-like nests out of mud and dirt
- Bald-faced hornets – ¾ to one inch long, stocky bodies covered in a fine layer of hair, black and pale yellow to white stripes. They build aerial paper-like nests
Pros And Cons Of St. George Wasps
Love or hate them, wasps are incredibly important for the environment. Not only do they occasionally aid in pollination while they indulge in a sweet flowery treat, but they also help to curb the populations of harmful garden pests. Wasps are omnivores, and their favorite foods include fruits, sugary foods and beverages, nectar, dead insects, and live insects. Some species are hardly aggressive, if at all; for example, tarantula hawks are terrifyingly huge, but they rarely attack humans.
The problem is, most species of wasps are incredibly aggressive, and even if you have a more docile infestation, their stings still pack a wicked punch. Unlike bees, wasps can and will sting multiple times. This is, of course, especially dangerous for young children, the elderly, and those with allergies, but multiple stings from a hoard of angry wasps will send anyone to the hospital.
Keeping Wasps Away From Your St. George Property
Wasps are strong fliers and have been known to forage for food up to 1000 yards away from their nests, so keeping them off of your St. George property is no easy feat. While preventative measures aren't ever completely fool-proof, they're still better than doing nothing:
- Plant gardens away from the perimeter of your home, and consider implementing wasp-repellent plants; geraniums, marigolds, pennyroyal, citronella, eucalyptus, wormwood, lemongrass, trumpet flowers, and cucumbers and basil for vegetable gardens
- Avoid over-watering and over-flowering gardens
- Fill in any ground holes and old rodent nests
- Seal and repair cracks and holes on the exterior of your home, including siding, exposed wood, gaps between pipes and wires, foundation, roof, and trim
- Remove any wood, brush, and dead leaf piles from your property
- Secure tight-fitting lids on all outdoor trash cans
- Pick up and thoroughly clean any outdoor food prep and eating areas
- Add a fake wasp nest to your outdoor décor; wasps are extremely territorial, and won't risk going anywhere near another nest
Eliminating A Dangerous Wasp Infestation On Your St. George Property
It is absolutely never advisable to handle a wasp infestation on your own. Store-bought wasp pesticides usually produce a targeted stream, and they only kill on contact, which means you may only kill a few of them before the entire nest comes out to play. If you're struggling with stinging insects on your St. George property, you can always trust Premier Pest Control to get the job done.
As a family-owned and operated company, we know that your biggest concern is the health and safety of your family and loved ones. Our pest experts are specifically trained to target our area's most common pests, and we only use the highest quality pesticides and products in all of our treatments. We're dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction, and we even offer a referral program! So get in contact with us today to start discussing your wasp control options.