Tips To Deter Wasps From Your Casselberry Yard
May 15, 2022
Have you ever been stung by a wasp? If not, consider yourself lucky. Wasp stings are quite painful and can cause swelling and allergic reactions. Unfortunately, some types of wasp are fairly common in Casselberry, including paper wasps and mud wasps. To help you avoid being stung, we’ve put together this guide to wasp identification, prevention, and control.
What Do Wasps In Casselberry Look Like?
Wasps are flying insects with long bodies and stingers. Their appearance and habits can vary, depending on the type of wasp.
Paper wasps encompass a group of several species that construct nests from a paper-like material. They are about ⅝” - ¾” long with thin waists and long legs and are typically brown with yellow markings. Some species in the paper wasp family may have reddish markings. They are considered semi-social insects because they live in small colonies that do not include a worker caste.
Mud wasps, or mud daubers, are species of wasp that build their nests out of the mud. They grow to be about ½” - 1” long and are “thread-waisted,” referring to the long, thin segment connecting the thorax and abdomen. Mud wasps are typically black but may have lighter markings or a bluish metallic luster. They are solitary creatures and do not live in colonies.
Casselberry is home to both of these types of wasps. Other than spotting the insects themselves, they may be identified through their nests. As their name suggests paper wasp nests look as though they are made of a grayish paper-like material and are often found hanging from high places such as from tree branches, railings, eaves, porch ceilings, or the tops of door frames. Also aptly named, mud wasp nests look like a group of mud tubes side-by-side and are usually found in sheltered sites such as garages, sheds, or under eaves.
How Dangerous Are Wasps In Casselberry?
Wasps are not normally aggressive, but they will attack if they or their nests are disturbed. This is why wasp removal should always be undertaken by trained professionals.
When a wasp stings, it releases venom that causes pain and swelling. For most people, this will result in pain and irritation, redness, and a raised welt. The pain and swelling usually subside after several hours.
For people who are allergic to wasp venom, the symptoms are more serious. Large local reactions can occur, which manifests as severe swelling of the area that was stung over a period of two to three days, and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The most severe reactions can lead to anaphylactic shock, which is potentially fatal. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction include swelling of the lips, throat, or face, difficulty breathing, dizziness, hives, racing or weak pulse, and loss of consciousness. Be sure to seek medical attention right away if you or someone you know is exhibiting any of these symptoms after a wasp sting.
Having wasp nests on your property can be dangerous. Be sure to contact a professional pest control company as soon as possible after wasp identification.
Natural Wasp Prevention Tips For Casselberry Properties
Wasps are difficult to avoid entirely, as they often choose residential yards for nesting locations. However, there are ways to make your property less hospitable to wasps and reduce your chances of being stung. We recommend following these natural wasp prevention tips:
- Seal cracks or holes in the exterior of your home with silicone caulk.
- Keep food covered when eating outdoors.
- Avoid wearing strong fragrances and using scented soaps, shampoos, and lotions, as these can attract wasps.
- Check for wasp nests before trimming trees or shrubs.
- Use sealed containers for trash storage.
- Keep windows and doors closed to prevent wasps from entering your home.
- Never attempt to remove a wasp nest on your own. Seek professional assistance after nest or wasp identification.
These simple steps can help keep wasps away from your Casselberry property, and protect you from their stings. If you are concerned about wasps in your yard, a professional pest control company can provide you with more advice and assistance.
The Safest Form Of Wasp Control In Casselberry
Wasp prevention measures can help deter wasps from your property, but a wasp infestation may still occur. Attempting to remove wasp nests on your own is extremely risky, and may result in multiple stings. If you notice wasps or their nests in your yard, it’s time to call in the professionals at Rowland Pest Management.
Our experienced technicians will safely and effectively remove the wasp nests from your property so you can rest assured that your property will be left completely free of wasps and their nests.
For quality wasp removal in Casselberry, contact Rowland Pest Management today.