Although very useful in the food chain and in nature in general, wasps are social insects that can be an extraordinary nuisance to humans and pets. Not only is its sting very painful, but its venom can present a real danger, especially for people with allergies. For obvious reasons, hiring an exterminator will not only ensure that your problem is taken care of, but you won’t have to put yourself in danger by dealing with these small, but terrible insects.
In Quebec, there are about fifteen species of wasps that hide in their paper nests (ledges, picnic tables, etc.) and in the ground, especially in abandoned burrows. Ideally, nest eradication should be done in the spring, since it is much smaller. It, therefore, contains fewer of these flying insects.
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How to get rid of wasps?
Getting rid of wasps can be a challenge, especially if they have established a nest near your home. Here are some tips for dealing with a wasp infestation:
1. Identification: First, make sure they are wasps. Wasps have elongated, slender bodies with pronounced waists, unlike bees, which have rounder, hairier bodies.
2. Locate the nest: If you see a large number of wasps around your home, it is likely that a nest is nearby. Nests may be located in the ground, under roofs, in the walls of the house or in other sheltered areas.
3. Do not act alone: If you have found a wasp nest, it is strongly recommended that you do not attempt to remove it yourself. Wasps are social insects that protect their nests by stinging en masse, which can be dangerous.
4. Call in the professionals: Pest control companies are equipped to handle wasp nests safely. They have the necessary equipment and expertise to remove the nest without causing injury.
5. Prevention: To avoid future wasp infestations, be sure to seal all potential entry points into your home, such as cracks in walls or openings under roofs. Also, avoid leaving food outside that could attract wasps.
Remember that while wasps can be annoying, they also play an important role in the ecosystem, including controlling the populations of many other insect pests. So, if the nest is not a direct threat to you or your family, it may be best to leave it in place.
Which wasps sting?
Most wasp species are capable of stinging if they feel threatened. It is important to note that only females have a stinger, which is in fact a modified ovipositor used to lay eggs. Among the different species of wasps, some are better known for their aggressive behaviour. Here are some examples:
1. Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris): This species is widespread and is often the one found in gardens or near homes. She may sting if she feels threatened or if her nest is disturbed.
2. Germanic wasp (Vespula germanica): Very similar to the common wasp, this species is also known for its ability to sting.
3. European hornet (Vespa crabro): This is the largest wasp species in Europe. Although it may look intimidating, it is generally less aggressive than common wasps. However, it will sting if threatened.
4. Polistes wasp (Polistes dominula): These wasps, which build open nests, are generally less aggressive than common wasps and hornets. They will however sting if disturbed.
It is important to remember that not all wasps are aggressive and that they play an important role in regulating the populations of other insects and pollinating plants. If you find a wasp nest near your home and are concerned, it is best to contact a professional to have it safely removed.
Why shouldn’t you kill wasps?
Although wasps may seem threatening, they actually play a crucial role in the ecosystem and biodiversity.
Insect population control: Wasps are true predators and help control populations of other insects, including those that are harmful to agriculture or our gardens. They capture insects to feed their larvae, thus acting as a natural insecticide.
Pollination: Like bees, some wasps also contribute to pollination. As they visit the flowers to feed on nectar, they carry pollen from flower to flower, helping the plants to reproduce.
Spider control: Some species of wasps are known to chase spiders, helping to maintain a balance.
It is important to remember that although wasps may sting, they usually only do so if they feel threatened or if their nest is disturbed. Instead of killing the wasps, try to maintain a respectful distance. If you have a wasp nest near your home and are concerned about it, it is best to call a professional to have it safely removed.
Why do wasps hover around us?
Wasps are often attracted to strong odours, especially sweet ones. If you see wasps hovering around you, there are several possible reasons:
Odour attraction: Perfumes, body lotions, shampoos or other cosmetic products can attract wasps. Wasps are also attracted to sweet foods and drinks. So, if you are eating out, make sure your food and drinks are well covered so as not to attract them.
Nest defence: Wasps can also fly around you if you are near their nest. They are very protective and can become aggressive if they perceive a threat to their colony.
Curiosity: Sometimes wasps can just be curious. They may be attracted to shiny objects, colourful clothing or fast movements.
Always remember to stay calm if a wasp is flying around you. Sudden or aggressive movements can make it more likely to sting. If you are calmly still, the wasp will probably eventually lose interest and move away.
What month do wasps die?
Wasps, especially common Germanic wasps, are most often seen during the summer and fall months. Their activity usually begins in the spring, peaks in late summer and decreases with the arrival of cold weather in the fall.
In general, most wasps die in late fall or early winter when temperatures drop and food becomes scarce. Only the queens, which are fertilized and ready to start a new colony, survive the winter by entering hibernation in a safe and isolated place.
So, if you’re wondering when the wasps disappear, it’s usually around October to November in the Northern Hemisphere, although this can vary depending on the specific climate and region.
How to behave in front of a wasp?
When faced with a wasp, the best thing to do is to remain calm. Here are some tips to follow:
1. Avoid sudden movements: If a wasp lands on you, don’t hit it or make quick movements to try to chase it away. This may scare her and make her aggressive. Stay still and let it go away on its own.
2. Don’t scream or run: These reactions can stress the wasp and make it more likely to sting.
3. Move away slowly: If you see a wasp nest or if you are surrounded by several wasps, move away slowly without making sudden movements.
4. Avoid perfumes and colourful clothing: Wasps are attracted to strong smells and bright colours. If you plan to spend time outdoors, especially near an area known for its wasp population, it may be best to choose neutral-coloured clothing and avoid wearing perfume.
5. Cover food: Wasps are attracted to food, especially sweet foods and drinks. If you eat outside, make sure your food is well covered.
If you are stung, if you are not allergic, clean the area with soap and water and apply a cold compress to relieve pain and swelling. If you are allergic, contact a healthcare professional immediately.
|Latin name||Vespula, Vespa, Dolichovespula|
|Length||12 to 20 mm|
|Queen: 1 year|
Female workers: 10 and 25 days
Males: Up to 42 days.
|Yellow and black|
|Life||Queen : 1 year|
Female workers: 10 and 25 days
Males: Up to 42 days.
HOW TO GET RID OF WASPS ?
The nest is occupied by wasps and presents a danger to humans and pets. A single one can contain hundreds of wasps, some of which are more irritable than others. Therefore, it can be very dangerous to try to fight wasps alone. It is recommended to call an exterminator to remove the wasp nest. The exterminator has the right equipment to face all situations and reach visible and invisible nests more easily, no matter where they are installed. In addition, he is well protected against the spray and knows how to handle it to destroy the nests.
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After evaluating the environment and analyzing the situation, theexterminator will inject an insecticide into the nest. The wasps will die immediately, so he will be able to remove the nest. The products used in this intervention are organic, therefore respectful of the environment and especially for non-target species, such as pets.
However, the use of pesticides or insecticides may not be the appropriate solution. This is the case, for example, when there are few insects or pests present.
Following the extermination, the professional will proceed with an evaluation to ensure that all the wasps have been eliminated. He will also take the opportunity to give you some preventive recommendations to avoid new infestations.
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Finally, your exterminator will be able to create a complete prevention and monitoring program tailored to your needs that will respect the standards of integrated pest management, the established standards of hygiene and your environment. It will ensure that young queens do not create a new nest.
The hundred dollars required to get rid of a wasp nest will allow you to enjoy a serene summer, free of poisonous and unpleasant companions. Contact our experts now to enjoy the beautiful weather without worry!