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A Handy Wasp Prevention Guide For Your Boise Yard

April 15, 2022 - Wasps

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Have you ever been stung by a wasp? The feeling is rather shocking, and you’ll immediately feel the pain. These stings can lead to swelling and redness, and if you’re lucky, the feeling will go away within a few hours.

However, wasp stings can also lead to more serious side effects in some cases. These stinging insects aren’t pleasant to encounter, even if you never get stung. So, if you’re trying to remove wasps from your Boise yard, this guide is here to help. Learn more about effective Boise pest control services to keep wasps at bay.

The Kinds Of Wasps That Plague Boise Yards

The most important thing about wasps in Boise is that there are many different species and subspecies. Hornets and yellow jackets are kinds of wasps, and then there are other common groups of species, such as paper wasps. Some of the specific species you’ll find in the area include:

  • Paper Wasps: While more specific species are under this umbrella term, you can primarily identify these wasps by their reddish-brown coloration and yellow markings. They build nests that have a papery appearance to get their name.
  • Yellow Jackets: These wasps have black and yellow striped patterns, but they are slim and sleek, unlike bees with similar coloration. They tend to be more aggressive.
  • Bald-Faced Hornets: This species has a black-colored body with a white face. They make bell-shaped paper nests.

If you see wasps around your yard, there are reasons to be cautious. You need to know why you shouldn't attempt to get rid of wasps on your own.

Why You Don't Want Wasps Hanging Around Your Yard

Wasps have stingers, just like bees; however, they can be much worse to encounter than bees. While wasps are also pollinators, they tend to be more aggressive. They will often work together to define their nests if they feel threatened. Also, most wasps don't have barbed stingers. This allows them to sting repeatedly.

So, while most people will be all right if they are stung just once, you’re at risk of being stung multiple times if you approach a wasp nest. And, if you do have allergies to wasp venom, the health risks are even higher.

Five Eco-Friendly And Effective Wasp Prevention Tips For Your Yard

It’s dangerous to attempt to remove wasps nests on your own, but there are some steps you can take to keep them away. We recommend following these five measures to make your yard less appealing to these stinging insects:

  1. Get rid of the food sources that wasps love to eat by reducing the number of flowering plants around your yard. While you don’t have to eliminate these plants, an abundance of flowering vegetation can draw them in.
  2. Remove bird feeders and pet food from the yard.
  3. Put covers on hot tubs and pools.
  4. Reduce areas where wasps like to nest by trimming trees and shrubs.
  5. Make it more challenging for wasps to enter your house by fixing or replacing broken screen doors and windows.

While these steps can reduce the chances of wasps invading your property, reach out to the Boise wasp control experts at Nature Shield Pest & Lawn for help if you already have a wasp problem. 

The Most Effective Wasp Control For Your Yard

Trying to remove a wasp nest is when you're most likely to be stung, so don’t take the risk. Instead, let Nature Shield Pest & Lawn pest control professionals remove these stinging insects quickly and safely. Find out more about how we can keep wasps away from your home year-round by giving us a call today.