How often do you go outside and enjoy outdoor spaces around your home? Many homeowners value spending time outside, cooking meat on the grill, watching their kids play in the yard, and breathing in some much-needed fresh air. These activities are made more difficult and dangerous when wasps are around. If you suspect wasps are nesting around your Redding property, let us help. Here are some strategies and methods our experts recommend you use to keep these invasive and painful pests away from your yard and outdoor living areas.
What Wasps Live In Redding?
There are hundreds of species of wasps that live in California, many of which take up residence here in Redding. The three most common species you should know about are paper wasps, yellow jackets, and mud daubers. Of these three insects, mud daubers are the least aggressive, yellow jacket are the most aggressive, and paper wasps are the most common. One thing they share in common is their ability to sting and cause pain.
How Dangerous Are Wasps?
In 1983, a man named Dr. Justin Schmidt developed what is called the Schmidt Pain Index. In this index are ratings for different stinging pests marking the severity of pain they cause in humans. Mud daubers are rated 1.0, yellow jackets a bit higher at 2.0, and paper wasps at a whopping 3.0. If you are curious, the scale goes up to 4.0.
As for actual threat to human health, all wasps are considered dangerous. How dangerous they are to you depends on a few factors. Your risk increases if you have pre-existing health conditions that accentuate the symptoms of being stung. One pre-existing condition that does this is an allergy to insect venom. To find out if you are allergic to wasps, contact your local doctor. If you are not allergic to insect venom and have no other risk-increasing conditions, then a wasp sting will not pose you any real problems, besides pain. Several dozen stings, however, can result in more serious injury.
Some Strategies To Deter Wasps
Wasps are drawn to properties by food and harborage opportunities. To help you reduce these attractants around your yard, consider these simple prevention tips.
- Pick up fruits and berries that drop into your yard.
- Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings.
- When eating outside, keep foods and beverages covered as much as possible.
- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.
- Invest in tight-fitting lids for your outdoor trash cans.
- Use a caulking gun to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Address problems with window/door screens.
- Consider removing budding plants such as flowers from your property.
What To Do If You Find A Wasp Nest On Your Property?
Wasp nests come in many shapes and sizes. If you find a nest that has visible interior structures and is smaller than a golf ball, use a long broom or stick to knock it down. Do this during the day when you know there are no wasps home to become aggressive when you knock it down.
For nests larger than a golf ball, it is important to get a professional involved. To avoid injury while having wasps removed from your property, trust the professionals at Redding Spray Service. We specialize in stinging insect control and we offer fast and effective solutions to handle these pests around properties here in Redding.
Contact our team to discuss your options for service and discover why our team is your best option for high-quality and reliable pest control services.