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Landscaping Tip: Wasp Watch

by on July 18, 2012

No one wants to get stung by a wasp. Their stings hurt tremendously and if you’re allergic to them, a sting can be detrimental to your health, especially since they’re not like bees that can only sting once. Wasps are capable of stinging multiple times and don’t necessarily need a reason to sting you. Since wasps tend to build their nests close to homes, sometimes INSIDE homes, it is very important to get rid of them before they become a hazard to you and your family.

Landscaping experts say there are right ways to remove wasps and wrong ways. Wrong ways might include hosing them down with water during the middle of the day. Definitely going to incur the wrath of these wily wasps with that method. Pretty much any kind of removal activity that occurs during the day is going to be a bad idea. Wasps are very active during the daytime and are going to be on guard to defend their nest.

Landscaping technicians recommend planning an all-out evening or nighttime assault when wasps are dormant and will be caught off-guard. The key to getting rid of wasps for good is to eliminate the nest. Landscaping specialists recommend spraying the nest with an insecticide to make sure the wasps within are either dead or severely incapacitated. Once you are able to access the nest safely, remove and destroy it as soon as possible.

Once the nest has been removed and all signs of these stinging insects are gone, create a barrier to ensure that future nests are not constructed. This might mean caulking cracks or crevices or fixing holes in your attic (wasps often like to build nests in attics). If you’ve managed to get rid of the nest but aren’t sure how to keep them from coming back, contact your local Long Island landscaping company. They will know how to efficiently protect your property from further infestations and will have a perimeter Long Island landscaping product to help stave off wasps.

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