A Guide To Wasp Prevention In San Diego County

What are wasps?

Wasps are a type of stinging insect. What exactly a wasp looks like depends on their exact species, but most wasps have pinched waists, two pairs of wings, and six legs that hang down when in flight. Wasps are environmentally beneficial. The majority of wasps are considered to be predatory, killing and feeding on species of nuisance insects. Some wasps are parasitic. This means they lay their eggs in the bodies of caterpillars, spiders, or similar creatures. When the larvae hatch, they will feed on their hosts. Additionally, wasps feed on pollen and nectar, and are responsible for some pollination.

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Are wasps dangerous?

Yes, wasps are dangerous. Their stings are extremely painful, and the venom they inject can cause serious health problems in some people. Their venom can trigger allergic reactions and potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis. Wasps have smooth stingers, allowing them to sting their victims repeatedly. Many species of wasps have short fuses, and will sting if they feel they or their nests are being threatened by an outside force.

Why do I have a wasp problem?

Wasps have the potential to make nests on almost any residential property. Food, water, and safe shelter are the main things wasps are looking for. Wasps feed on a variety of matter, including proteins, nectar, sweets, honeydew, and other insects. Some species of wasps are scavengers, and can become a huge nuisance around trash cans and in outdoor eating areas. Garbage cans, compost piles, grills, gardens, flowering vegetation, bird baths, and ponds can all attract stinging insects.

Where will I find wasps?

Wasps build their nests in a variety of locations, choosing places that provide them with good protection and shelter. Some species of wasps are aerial nesters, and place their nests up off of the ground. Trees, shrubs, door frames, roof eaves, and utility poles all make suitable nesting spots for aerial nests. Other species are ground nesters and they often like to create their nests in holes made by small animals. Ground nests can be very difficult to see, and therefore avoid, making them particularly dangerous.

How do I get rid of wasps?

The most effective way to control and prevent wasp infestations is with the help of a professional pest control provider, like the trusted California pest control experts at San Diego Pest & Termite. Our highly-trained pest control specialists provide the services needed to rid your property of stinging wasps and prevent them from returning.

San Diego Pest & Termite is committed to using modern and trustworthy pest control solutions to remove wasps and other household invading pests and prevent their return. To learn more about our guaranteed solutions that will eliminate wasps from your San Diego County property, reach out to San Diego Pest & Termite today!

How can I prevent wasps in the future?

Listed below are some helpful tips to prevent problems with wasps in or around your San Diego County home or business.

  • Remove trees stumps, fallen trees, and other debris from your property.

  • Place weather stripping around all windows and doors.

  • Seal holes in the exterior of your building.

  • Place a cap on all chimneys.

  • Fill in holes found in your lawn.

  • Replace torn door or window screens.

  • Don’t overplant flowering vegetation close to the exterior of your home.

  • Invest in professional bee and wasp control services for your San Diego or Poway area home or business.


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