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Wasp Prevention 101: Steps You Can Take To Keep Wasps At Bay In Indianapolis

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Seeing even one wasp around the home is enough to make some homeowners lock the door and never want to go back outside again. These flying insects are small but fierce and can cause an extreme amount of pain if they get too close to you. 

At Action Pest Control, your safety is our top priority. That is why our Indianapolis pest control technicians extensively train in wasp removal and prevention. Here is a look at how you can keep yourself safe from these aggressive flying insects. 

Wasp Identification Tips: Key Markers To Help You Identify Wasps

Wasps are commonly mistaken for bees. Some people even think that wasps and bees are the same thing. While these two creatures may have some similarities, once you take a closer look, you will see that they are very different from each other. 

Unlike bees, wasps tend to have slender bodies separated into three segments. The area between their thorax and abdomen is incredibly narrow and looks pinched. Wasps also have two sets of wings on their back that are long and slender. Some species of wasps can have black and yellow-striped bodies, which is why they are mistaken for bees. But their long and slender bodies allow you to distinguish wasps from other flying insects easily. 

Health Risks Of Wasp Infestations: Allergies And Other Concerns

If wasps decide to build a nest on your property, it can quickly become dangerous. Many wasp species in this area are social wasps, meaning they like to live in a nest with other wasps. When you get too close to their nest, many members will come out at the same time to defend their nest. 

When a wasp stings you, it will inject a little bit of venom into your body. This venom is what causes pain and can also cause some swelling as well. Most of the time, the swelling is minimal and will go away on its own. However, the estimation is around 5% of the United States population is allergic to wasp venom. For these people, being stung even one time can cause severe allergic reactions. If they are stung multiple times by multiple wasps, the situation could become dire in a short amount of time. 

Strategies For Wasp Prevention: Effective Tips And Tricks

If you see a wasp nest on your property, you should leave it alone, even if you think it is an old nest that has been vacant for some time. There could always be wasps hiding in the deepest crevices of the nest. Instead of removing nests from your property, you should also focus on preventing other wasps from nesting in your yard. Some of the things that you can do to prevent a wasp infestation include:

  • Don’t leave any food or drinks outside
  • When eating outside, keep your food and drink covered at all times.
  • Avoid burning sweet-smelling candles or wearing sweet-smelling fragrances outside.
  • Keep debris and clutter out of your yard.

Most wasps prefer to stay away from humans and will go out of their way to build their nests in an area they think has low human activity. Most wasps are not aggressive unless they feel threatened. 

Safe And Effective Wasp Removal: Contact Us Right Away

If you see wasps around your Indianapolis home, give us a call as soon as possible. At Action Pest Control, we know how to safely remove wasps nests from your property. We also work with each and every one of our customers to ensure that the wasps don't return in the future.