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Are The Wasps In Springville, UT Dangerous?

May 15, 2022 - Wasps

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The United States as a whole has become more tolerant and environmentally conscious about the necessity of bees. This is wonderful because most species aren't generally aggressive unless they feel threatened. That still leaves one anaphylaxis-inducing foe, though; the menacing, terrifying wasp. Wasps are still incredibly beneficial to the environment for a number of reasons, and they're just not necessarily beneficial to have around your Springville property, where they could hurt someone. Eco-friendly or not, there's no denying that wasps are dangerous and potentially deadly.

Common Wasps That Infest Springville Properties

There are thousands of different species of wasps worldwide, but there aren't nearly that many to be found in Springville neighborhoods. Four species, in particular, are commonly found infesting properties around the area:

  • Paper wasps – between ½ and 1 ½ inches long, coloring varies between black and yellow striped, reddish-brown, orange, and dark red, prefer building aerial paper-like nests
  • Mud daubers – between ½ and 1 inch long with thin elongated thoraxes, coloring varies between black and yellow striped, monochrome black, and metallic blue, they build solitary mud tubes as nests
  • Yellow jackets – around 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch long with the patented black and yellow striped coloring, they build vast colonies underground, within hollowed trees, fallen logs, and within wall cavities
  • Tarantula hawks – can grow up to 2 inches long, have jet black bodies with orange wings, build solitary nests underground

The most aggressive species of wasps are the ones who live in colonies, so solitary wasps like mud daubers and tarantula hawks are less likely to attack. That doesn't mean they won't sting you if you get too close, though, and they're just as painful and dangerous as their queen-loving cousins. All wasps can sting multiple times, and even if you don't have an allergy, multiple stings from multiple wasps will require immediate medical attention.

Preventing Wasps From Nesting On Your Springville Property

Trying to control outdoor pest populations can seem impossible, but there are ways to make your Springville property less inviting to wasps. These methods aren't completely fool-proof, but when it comes to dangerous pests, you're always better off safe than sorry:

  • Trim back low-hanging tree branches and unruly bushes
  • Plant your garden and any fruit trees far away from the exterior of your home if possible
  • Avoid over-watering your garden, and make sure your lawn is draining properly
  • Try not to add too many flowering plants to your garden, and consider adding wasp-deterring plants as well; marigolds, wormwood, citronella, geraniums, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, and cucumber and basil for vegetable gardens
  • Fill in any ground holes and old rodent nests around your property
  • Add tight-fitting lids to your outdoor trash cans
  • Clean any outdoor food prep and eating areas immediately after eating
  • Make sure your home doesn't have any leaky pipes and extensive water damage, and repair where necessary
  • Patch up any cracks and holes around the exterior of your home, notable places include siding, foundation, insulation around doors and windows, exposed paneling, gaps around pipes and wires, roof and trim

In the end, you can do everything possible to keep stinging insects away and still have a wasp problem. Partnering with a Springville pest professional is the safest and most effective way to keep wasps off of your property. 

How To Get Rid Of A Wasp Infestation On Your Springville Property

Wasps are incredibly dangerous, and you should never try to exterminate an infestation on your own. Store-bought pesticides aren't always effective, and they're generally contact pesticides that may help kill some wasps, but they won't eliminate them all. In the end, if you're looking for professional wasp control in Springville, it's best to reach out to the experts at The Bug Wranglers. Our team will safely eliminate wasps and their nests from your property. To learn more about how our stinging insect control options, reach out to us today.