It will not be an exaggeration to say that wasps are ubiquitous in Toronto. Yes, we understand that wasps have a special place in the ecosystem. But why are they in your backyard? Wasp infestation in or around the house restricts your access to some portion of your own house. Now that is ironic. Just imagine, you are relaxing in your backyard and suddenly you are horrified seeing wasps flying overhead. Now that is one strong reason to call pest control service without a moment’s delay.

It has been our experience that most clients do try to control wasp infestation on their own before approaching pest control experts. If infestation is in the primary phase, then you might be able to control it with some DIY tricks. For that, it is important that you distinguish between the different species of wasps. All of them have different behavioural patterns and attack techniques. In Toronto, mainly three types of wasps are found.

  1. Yellowjackets:

Their bright yellow colour makes it easier to identify them. A grown-up yellowjacket wasp is about half an inch long. They are meek and generally do not prefer to attack people. However, even if by mistake you step on a yellowjacket, the wasps in the surrounding area will smell the dead wasp and will come to attack you, seeing you as a threat. They are attracted to the smell of sugar and meat. It is difficult to spot a wasp nest since it is smaller than the size of a baseball. If you spot wasps flying in your home or backyard, you should immediately call wasp nest removal Toronto, assuming that the nest will be somewhere near to your home.

  1.   Hornets:

These cousins of yellowjackets are bigger in size and it is painful when they bite. They are black in colour with yellow accents. They grow up to be as long as two inches. Try leaving sugary drinks open for some time, wasps will gather there for a feast. These wasps are especially attracted to sugar. They built a nest as huge as a basketball. They prefer to build nests on tree branches and underside the eaves.

  1.   Paper wasps:

Until and unless they feel threatened, paper wasps do not prefer to attack. However, they look alarming. They are called paper wasps since they build nests that are made from ‘paper’. They can build this nest inside trees or attic. Typically, they are three-quarters of an inch long. They are easy to distinguish because of their red-brown colour and they have yellow or orange bands. They build huge colonies and around twenty to two hundred wasps live together.

Most wasps are not aggressive in nature. But if they perceive you as a threat, they can attack you. It is dangerous to have a wasp nest around, especially if you have a pet or children in your home. They can trigger wasps’ defence instinct. It can be followed by multiple, painful stings. That is why one should not allow wasps to build a nest around the house.  

Tips to Get Rid of Wasps:

Never leave your garbage bags open:

Wasps are looking for food sources in and around your house. Garbage cans containing leftover food attract wasps- especially yellowjackets- in huge numbers. They thrive on sugar and fat and your garbage is a place to feast for them. If you sense wasp infestation, vigilantly keep the garbage bag locked. Blocking their food source will steer them away.  

Keep checking your lawn and roof:

Tree branches, clogged gutters, messy shrubs are some of their favourite places to build abodes. If you do not want them to build their nest on your premises, keep your garden lawn and roof clean. Regularly trim dead branches, prune shrubs and keep your gutters unclogged.

Regularly eliminate accumulated water:

Like every living being, wasps too look for easy food and water sources. Accumulated water extends an invitation to them to build a nest on your premises. In houses, there are many places where we keep standing water for a long time. For example, birdbaths, puddles, animal water dishes and clogged gutters. Keep your home and yard dry and all pests will automatically steer away.

If you feel that the wasp issue has gone out of your hand, it is high time you ask for help from a pest control expert. They have high-end equipment and solutions to remove wasp nests safely.  They also help you eliminate their entry points, thus eliminating the possibilities of their future infestations.