It’s about that time of year again when wasps and stinging insects begin to buzz around and wreak havoc on Nashville homeowners. When they sneak up on you in your yard, they can be a real pain in your side or any exposed skin area on you for that matter. Most stinging insects can establish themselves in your yard, on or inside your home. To know which kind of pest you’re dealing with, take a look at some of the ones we commonly see in Nashville.
The red paper wasp is the most common in middle Tennessee. They are narrow-waisted and can grow to become an inch long. They are most known for building an umbrella-shaped paper nest, usually found on your eaves, or in the corners of your garage/shed. Paper wasps won’t bother you unless you bother them. And just like yellow jackets, they will let you know when you have disturbed them and will sting a couple of times.
The yellow jacket is another stinging insect that can destroy your summer day outside. Yellow jackets are one of the worst stinging insects you could have in your yard. The reason they are so bad is that they build their nests in the ground without your knowing it. Once they are disturbed, then they come out. The number one way to disturb a yellow jacket nest is to mow your lawn. The vibration from the lawnmower is more than enough to get them going. They will chase you down once they have come out of their nests and can sting multiple times to get rid of their wrath.
Mud daubers are another stinging insect that is common in Nashville. The way to know if you have them is either by seeing the mud dauber itself, or seeing their nests that they make on your home. Their nests look like thick mud or dirt tubes and are easy to identify. The mud dauber is also easy to identify by its long thin waist. Mud daubers aren’t very social, but will still sting you if they are provoked.
So now that we’ve told you to not provoke these stinging insects, here’s what you can do to prevent wasps in and around your home and yard. If you do not want to be stung and know there is a nest close by, don’t wear bright colors or perfume/cologne when you go out. They are attracted to brighter colors. If a stinging insect does come near you, don’t swat at it. Just simply walk away to a safer area. Swatting at them will only provoke them to sting, and that is exactly what you are trying to avoid. Reduce the number of bugs in your yard that create a food source for wasps. You can do this by removing excess water around the home, keeping trash sealed tight, and cleaning up after yourself after a backyard barbeque. Last but not least, seal up any gaps, cracks, or crevices, and make sure your window and door screens are sealed around the home to prevent wasps from getting inside.
We understand that you are busy, and may not have time to look around for ways to prevent pests from coming in or to get rid of these wasps and stinging insects yourself. That is why Nashville Pest Control is here to help in both of those areas. We can treat the stinging insects in your yard and home, creating a complete exterior barrier, while also looking for ways that you can help with pest prevention. Give us a call today at 615-622-2584.