Wasp stings can be excruciating! Unlike bees that sting once, wasps can sting repeatedly, making them a formidable threat. While many consider wasps and hornets to be distinct, hornets are, in fact, a type of wasp, similar to yellow jackets. Hornets are larger and more aggressive, resulting in even more painful stings.
Yellow jackets and hornets are eusocial creatures, organized into intricate colonies, and they are highly protective of their nests. Single wasp stings can be distressing, but multiple stings can escalate into medical emergencies. If a wasp nest is causing concern in your yard, it’s best not to take any risks. Reach out to Classic Pest Control, and we’ll safely remove the nest for you.
Wasp populations have never been systematically eradicated. Unlike certain pest species, wasps serve valuable purposes such as preying on other troublesome insects and aiding in pollination. This implies that wasps will persistently be a nuisance for Edmonton residents. Adapting your habits is the most effective way to manage them. For example, during picnics, avoid drinking from open cans to prevent wasps from flying into the can and stinging your throat, which can lead to a medical emergency. Keep picnic food in sealed containers and only take it out when you’re ready to eat. Refraining from using flowery perfumes can also help, as wasps may mistake individuals with floral scents for real flowers. Opting for long clothing is another practical choice, though it might not be comfortable during our hot summers.
Attempting to eradicate a wasp nest on your own is not recommended. Wasps are highly territorial, and a single nest can contain thousands of wasps, depending on its size. Some individuals may try to dislodge wasp nests, which is a hazardous idea because wasps react aggressively to such actions and perceive them as threats. A swarm of enraged wasps poses a significantly greater danger to you than you do to them. Furthermore, for non-professional exterminators, it is extremely challenging to estimate the number of wasps residing in a nest. Many species prefer to nest in the ground, meaning you may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg, which happens to be filled with irate wasps.
The most critical concern with wasps arises when there’s an allergy involved. For individuals with wasp allergies, wasp stings can trigger anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition that can result from severe allergies. When someone in your household has wasp allergies, it’s essential to exercise extreme caution. You can deter wasps from nesting in your yard by filling in ground holes where they might nest, removing stumps, and sealing cracks and openings in your home’s exterior. If wasps establish a nest near your home, get in touch with Classic Pest Control Services, and we will manage the nest safely without endangering you. For more information on wasps, explore our Wasp Info page.