The Texas heat seems to bring insects toward homes in the masses. One insect, in particular, is the wasp. Wasp tend to gravitate to crevices and corners of homes to build their nests. These nests act as a universal sign that it’s finally time to call a pest control service. If you want to handle things on your own, however, here are some things to do when you find a wasp nest.
Understand the Signs of Allergic Reactions
Wasps, unlike bees, are able to sting repeatedly without harm to them or their stingers. Wasps also live in groups of hundreds, sometimes even thousands, within one nest. While handling a wasp nest, it is important to know the signs of an allergic reaction due to a sting. Effects of an allergic reaction may include swelling, nausea, fever, hallucinations, etc. Allergic reactions may also lead to hospitalization.
Wasp are creatures that act on instinct – one instinct. This instinct is simply to save the queen at all cost. If a person tries to charge a nest, whether it be with an object or a spray, they will charge at the “attacker.” To avoid being stung, it is important to approach a nest wearing the proper attire. Head-to-toe covering, like a bee suit, is recommended when dealing with wasp. Along with the suit, it is important to have some sort of respirator in use.
Exterminators have access to this safety equipment along with other safety equipment.
The Safe Approach to a Wasp Nest
The best time to approach a wasp nest is after dark. This is when the wasps are the least active. It is best to approach the nest very slowly. When you are near the nest, take a garbage bag, and slowly cover the nest. Carefully remove the nest from its location, and dispose of it as safely as possible. The best disposal methods are those with lids, such as covered trashcans or bins.
Although it is possible to safely remove a wasp nest on your own, it is also important to know that pest control companies are trained for safe removal. If the nest is in a hard-to-reach area or you do not feel comfortable removing it on your own, contact a trusted exterminator, like Apple Pest Control.