A Useful Wasp Prevention Guide For Your Santa Rosa Yard

yellow jacket stinging insects

The weather and abundance of vegetation in this region of California create a welcome setting for a variety of different stinging insects. Common examples include bees and wasps, which will often create nests in residential areas. The primary concern with these pests involves their ability to deliver a painful and potentially dangerous sting.

Two of the most common types of wasps found in the area include yellowjackets and paper wasps. Yellowjackets reside in colonies comprised of members in different castes with designated roles and responsibilities that support the group, such as sourcing food, defending the nest, and reproduction. Yellowjackets also play a role in nature as pollinators and assist with reducing the population of several types of pests that hinder agricultural efforts.

In this region, Vespula pensylvanica and Vespula germanica represent the two most common species of yellow jackets. Both types measure roughly ½ of an inch in length and have yellow and black bodies, bands, and markings.

Paper wasps form similarly structured colonies with nests made of wood and fibrous materials. Paper wasps also appear in yellow and black colors, and among their most identifiable characteristics include their long legs that dangle below when in flight.

Property owners struggling with dangerous stinging insects should recognize the importance of having professional pest control in Santa Rosa. Experts in the realm of pest control know how to safely get rid of a wasp nest and prevent wasp nests from forming on the property in the future. 

The Life Cycle Of Common Wasps

Most wasp species construct new nests each year. All yellowjackets except for the queen generally die in the winter months. The queens remain dormant during the winter and emerge during the spring to form a colony and lay eggs. The eggs will progress through phases as larvae and pupae before reaching full maturity. 

All The Issues Wasps Can Create Around Your Yard

Fortunately, most individuals experience mild symptoms when stung by a wasp; however, some people with allergies exhibit much more adverse reactions such as difficulty breathing, nausea, and others that may require medical attention. Based on the potential health risks, smart property owners typically seek assistance from a licensed pest controller after discovering a nest within their yard. 

Five Environmentally-Friendly Wasp Prevention Tips

Consider the various best practices for how to deter bees and wasps, including:

  1. Clean up thoroughly after barbeques or picnics in outdoor areas, particularly any sugar-filled foods and beverages. 

  2. Remove or relocate hummingbird feeders, as they often attract several species of wasps. 

  3. Limit the use of strongly scented lotions or perfumes before engaging in outdoor activity.

  4. Consider alternatives such as spearmint, eucalyptus, or citronella plants instead of flowers.

  5. Keep all trash bags placed outdoors that contain food scraps in sealed garbage receptacles.

 Routinely inspecting the property's exterior areas during the spring months for any signs of wasp activity is among the most effective prevention strategies.

The Secret To Total Wasp Control For Your Yard

It’s not a secret! The team of seasoned experts with Armed Force Pest Control continues demonstrating that they represent a leading local pest extermination company. They achieve results efficiently, safely, and most importantly, are committed to ensuring total customer satisfaction. We provide truly comprehensive pest control services and also will assist with exterior services, including lawn fertilization, weed treatment, and tree spraying. 

One of our trained technicians will gladly visit your property and perform a detailed assessment of the interior and exterior areas. Next, we will propose the best treatment option for you and ensure that we conduct all operations safely. Contact our office today for an inspection. 

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