Paper wasps can be painful pests, and a paper wasp pest problem is the kind of problem that can sneak up on you. If you'd prefer to not have wasps surprise you, particularly in your backyard, the best solution for wasp pest control in Aiken is effective wasp prevention.

Today, we're going to tell you what you need to know to reduce your chances of an unwanted wasp encounter. We'll also give you some advice on what to do if you have a wasp problem that could be risky to deal with on your own. If you need immediate help with a wasp control issue in Aiken, you can contact us through our contact page. With that said, let's get into today's subject.

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a large paper wasp nest in a tree

What Do Paper Wasps Look Like?

In Aiken, the most common wasps you see are entirely reddish-brown or black and yellow. Black and yellow paper wasps can be distinguished from yellow jackets by their size and pinched waists. Paper wasps are bigger than yellow jackets and are typically between ⅝ and ¾ of an inch long.

While you can't really see it, due to the size of a yellow jacket, they have a fat waist. A paper wasp has a waist that is much thinner in appearance. The first step for wasp prevention in Aiken is proper wasp identification. This is because paper wasps create aerial nests and yellow jackets create ground nests.

Paper Wasp Prevention Tips

There are many ways to look at wasp prevention in Aiken. We're going to combine them together and give you some general examples of what you can do to keep wasps off your property.

  • Early nest removal. If you do routine inspections of your property in spring, you can catch nests being established. These starter nests can be swept away with a broom during the day when the wasps are away. Look for them under the overhangs of rooflines, particularly on sheds and outbuildings. Look for them on the ceilings of open porches and check your landscape bushes for them. If you find a nest that has passed the starter phase, it is best to contact a licensed professional for wasp nest removal in Aiken.

  • Remove water sources. If you have anything in your yard that collects water, wasps can get a drink.

  • Address weeds. When you have lots of flowering weeds in your lawn or landscaping, these will invite a wasp problem. Wasps eat nectar.

  • Keep trash covered and receptacles clean. The scent of garbage attracts wasps. 

  • Address pests. Wasps eat insects both dead and alive.

If you use these preventative steps, you may not have any more trouble with wasps. If you need more prevention than this, or you need to get control of a wasp problem, contact Aiken Pest Control.

How Dangerous Are Paper Wasps?

In most cases, a wasp sting will just be a painful burn, with some swelling localized to the wound. The general concern is that disturbing a paper wasp nest can cause these social wasps to gather into a swarm. For this reason, we recommend hiring a licensed professional for wasp nest removal in Aiken or getting proactive wasp prevention in the form of year-round pest control.

If you, or someone in your family, has an allergy to wasp venom, this is an even greater concern. All it takes is one sting to cause an allergic reaction. This is even more reason to get wasp removal service in Aiken or to look into a residential pest control plan for your property.

The Safest Form Of Wasp Control

We've touched on it, but it bears further discussion. The best way to get rid of wasp nests is to do it early before anyone gets stung. Unfortunately, life can get busy and routine inspections can get put on the back burner. When you have a pest control plan that includes wasps, nests are removed before trouble begins - and you don't have to think about it. This is the safest form of wasp control.

It is also safer to have a professional remove a nest from your property. A professional is trained in wasp identification and nest treatment strategies for each of the wasp pests we encounter. At Aiken Pest Control, our highly trained pest professionals follow all safety protocols and field-tested methods.

If you're looking for the best way to get rid of wasp nests in Aiken, we have you covered. We can also set you up with a residential pest control plan to give you proactive wasp prevention. Connect with us today and speak with one of our agents. We'd love the opportunity to have a conversation with you. Don't let wasp problems sneak up on you. Get proactive! 


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