Wasp – Friend or Foe?

Jul 30, 2018 | yard insect control

The wasp question came to me, (squash or leave it alone?), as I was mowing my lawn this weekend. As I watched it circle the mower, I realized, I was the one disturbing it, otherwise, I wouldn’t have noticed it. I stopped long enough to snap a quick pic of this yellow and black wasp heading back to its nest before continuing my mowing and before the heat did more harm to me than this wasp ever would.

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Before I decide whether I should treat around the outside for a particular pest, I always do my research. These yellow and black wasps, also known as a mud daubers are solitary wasps.  You can sometimes find their muddy nests between brick and mortar joints or around your windows or door frames and other exposed surfaces. I did find 2 nests around the side of my home that for some reason I overlooked but I don’t think they have been here too long. The nest is really just packed in mud the female wasp carries in to build up her nest. For the most part, mud daubers not only tend to mind their own business but they also have been helping to keep my hibiscus and other flowering plants blooming.

This particular yellow and black wasp really is more beneficial to the area around my home. Like did you know wasps can kill spiders, grubs, caterpillars, aphids, houseflies and other pests that I DON’T want around my house? Wasp behavior will change in late summer as their food needs change from sugar to protein. They will shift from the nectar of plants or overripe fruit from trees or exposed trash receptacles to other pests in the yard. Wasps do this to build up food stores for the queen during the winter.

Wasps will be more active during the day and will be attracted to strong scents or bright clothing and may not know the kids and pets playing in the yard are not being the aggressor and wasps may attack. If wasps start to build up nests around play equipment, or too many are attaching around your doorways or other areas you frequently need to pass by or maybe you have a family member with allergies to stinging pests, it may be time for you to call a pest professional.

Your Pest Professional should do a more thorough job and treat areas you might not be able to reach or even want to get into. To do a full service, this should include treating all accessible roofline areas including eaves, soffits and offsets around the home. Remember to check overhanging tree branches and inspect attic and chimney areas for potential wasp nests. Wasp populations peak in late summer which is why you may be seeing more right now. Warm weather here in Texas can linger into the Fall and while most of the wasps will die off once the cool weather arrives, the queen overwinters to start a new nest and will be back in early Spring before you know it. Be sure to contact us or call Bio-Tech Pest Control if you have any questions about wasp control or any other pest issues you are concerned with at 281-296-6022.

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