Miami-Dade County Property Owners’ Ultimate Wasp Control Guide

April 21, 2021

Despite their status as pollinators, stinging wasps are not welcome sights in our yards. Some of them can be aggressive and, especially for those who are allergic, stings can be dangerous. Preventing wasp swarms from hitting your yard isn’t easy and removing them can be downright dangerous. That’s why it’s important to learn what factors can attract them and what you can do to prevent them in the first place.

wasp nest under eaves

Common Wasps In Your Area

In subtropical areas like South Florida, insects can thrive in huge numbers and remain active throughout the year. That goes double for wasps, which feed off of other insect populations. Many different kinds of wasps are common to the area, but here are some of the most common to invade properties:

  • Paper wasps: Named for their papery nests that can grow quite large, paper wasps like woody areas where they can gather dead fibers and mix them with their saliva to form umbrella-shaped hives.
  • Tree wasps: The typical yellow and black wasp you’re likely to see is the tree wasp, which makes compact nests in tree canopies.
  • Cicada killers: Adapted to specifically hunt cicadas, these are perhaps the least aggressive wasps toward humans. They are known for their large size and red eyes.

What Attracts Wasps?

Because their habits and preferred habitats can vary by species, wasps can be attracted to different properties for different reasons. It also doesn’t help that a wasp’s diet is varied, from pollen to sugars to other insects. The biggest factors that attract them, however, are as follows:

  • Tree growth: Wasps that make their nests in woody environments like tall, overgrown trees that provide lots of shade and building material.
  • Moisture: Water buildup in your yard can attract all kinds of pests, including wasps.
  • Insects: Wasps hunt other bugs, which means the presence of other pest populations will attract them to your yard.
  • Landscaping: Reduce harborage points and nesting grounds for wasps by keeping trees and bushes trimmed down will make your yard less attractive to invasive pests.

Wasp Prevention For Your Yard

In order to avoid nests forming on your property, you need to make sure you’re constantly staying on top of everyday measures that reduce your risk. Here are some common one

  • Landscaping: Reducing harborage points and nesting grounds for wasps by keeping trees and bushes trimmed will make your yard less attractive to stinging pests.
  • Trash storage: While wasps primarily eat other bugs, they also are attracted to sugary aromas, which are intensely given off by rotting fruit. Ensuring your trash is securely lidded will prevent aromas from drawing pests from miles around.
  • General pest control: Because they hunt other pests, wasps are attracted to yards that offer them plenty of prey to feed on.
  • Yard treatments: The safest, surest way to keep pests from invading your yard is through regular treatments by professionals.

Let Experts Deal With Wasps

With the added nastiness of their stingers, wasps are a cut above your average garden pest. They can quickly form nests that aren’t safe to try and remove on your own, even though failure to remove them will only make the problems they cause worse. That’s why you should turn directly to experts who can not only eliminate wasps quickly but also address the general pest concerns that can attract them. At Amco Pest Solutions, our trained staff can quickly and safely get rid of wasp populations. More importantly, we can offer routine inspections and treatments that will ward off invasive pests of all kinds. Let us get started on pest control on your property, so your yard never becomes a hunting ground for wasps.

For true protection from all kinds of yard pests, contact Amco Pest Solutions today.

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