Smithfield, Utah is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. With dozens of gorgeous hikes, rivers and lakes within a short distance, it is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. The beauties of nature are breathtaking in the Cache Valley area but most nature lovers know and understand that within the great outdoors, there are many beautiful but potentially harmful insects, animals and plants and one of those is the wasp. Wasps are extremely beneficial in nature, eating many other terrible insect pests that we would be overrun with if wasps didn’t control their population. Though we can appreciate their value in this world, that does not mean that they are welcome to build their homes in our yards. When wasps start setting up camp, they in turn, become as annoying as the pests they consume. When wasps keep coming back each year, it’s time to implement an effective Smithfield wasp control strategy.
The danger of wasp venom
Wasps around your yard can be worse than just a nuisance and anyone who has had the unpleasant experience of being stung by one knows this. Wasp stings hurt and there is a reason for that. The venom itself has a two-fold purpose. The first is to deliver pain to a threatening animal or insect that might harm the hive. This painful sting warns the predator and tells them to go away. The second is to paralyze insects to make them easier to transport back to the hive. The enzymes in the venom actually break down cell membranes and other substances in the venom also stop the flow of blood around the area then melt the connective tissue in the surrounding membranes, thus creating a lot of swelling and redness. This sounds extreme but this is why a wasp sting often swells worse than a regular bee sting. We are much bigger than small insects, which is why wasp venom cannot paralyze us but the reaction to wasp venom can sometimes feel more painful.
Pheromones signal the hive
When a wasp stings you, it releases a pheromone, which is a chemical hormone, that the other wasps smell. It signals the rest of the hive to be on the alert and attack, which is why if one wasp stings you, other wasps might too. You need to be extra cautious when wasps are near. Spraying down a hive with a hose or knocking it down with a stick is a very bad idea. Wasps see you as a predator and the last thing you want is an entire hive, that can fly 25 miles an hour, chasing and stinging you. If wasps plague your yard every year, one thing you can do is implement some wasp prevention strategies. Planting wasp repellent plants such as mint, citronella and eucalyptus is a great idea as these insects detest these plants. Keeping garbage cans and pet food sealed and locked away as well as cleaning up after fruit trees. They love sticky, overripe, fallen fruit on the ground. Removing potential food sources is a great place to start.
Don’t chance wasp stings, let the professionals help
Elevate Pest Control understands wasp behavior and we know where they typically build their hives. If you see wasps around your yard but are unsure where their nest is, give us a call. We will be able to find it and remove it quickly so you can enjoy your yard again. Routine inspections ensure that wasps are not nesting nearby. The last thing you’d want is to stumble accidentally into a hive and be stung. Expert Smithfield wasp control technicians safely remove wasp nests without any danger to you or your family.