Wasps can be major pests, ruining your outdoor events and causing anxiety. Wasp control during the late Summer and Fall can be difficult because the nest grows quickly during the warmer months. Wasp control in the Spring, however, can be extremely valuable because if you eliminate the queen before she builds her nest, the colony will not develop any further.
How do wasps overwinter?
During the fall, the queen wasp will mate and then find a place to overwinter. She will typically choose places like rotting logs, under tree bark, in soil, or under leaf litter. The rest of the colony will die off. Wasps will not colonize old nests, so you can safely knock down nests during the winter. When Spring comes, the queen will start looking for a place to build a new nest. Popular spots for wasp nests include: under eaves on houses, around porches, under deck railings, inside wall and attic voids, and around outbuildings.
How do you prevent wasps in the spring?
To prevent wasps, here are some things you can do during the spring:
- Seal up cracks, gaps, and crevices around your home using caulk
- Make sure that all windows have screens that are intact and without holes or tears
- Screen off under porches and decks using a thin, wire mesh
- Keep compost piles away from your home
- Cover trash cans with tight-fitting lids
- Check areas where wasp nests are likely to occur
- If you find the beginnings of a nest, get rid of it early
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How do you remove wasp nests?
If the wasp nest is still small, it can often be easily removed. Though it is recommended to have a professional remove wasp nests, if you want to proceed on your own, always approach the nest in the morning or evening when the wasps are less active. Give the nest a good spray using an aerosol wasp spray, and then back away quickly. Leave the nest alone for the night and approach it again the next day. If there is still activity around the nest, repeat as necessary. If the activity has stopped, it is probably safe to remove the nest. Individuals who are sensitive/allergic to wasp stings should not try to remove a wasp nest on their own.
What is the best Toronto Wasp Control?
As the summer progresses and the nests are bigger, it is wise to hire a professional with proper clothing and equipment. If you are in need of wasp control or any other comprehensive pest control solutions in Toronto and the surrounding areas, contact GTA Toronto Pest Control. We offer emergency 24-hour bee, wasp, and hornet control in Southern Ontario. Our expert technicians will have your home pest-free in no time!
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