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Rose Pest Solutions Offers Advice on Summertime Stinging Blues

Monday, August 23, 2021

As summer 2021 draws to a close, families are scrambling to soak up every last minute of sunshine and warmth, and Rose Pest Solutions - the nation’s oldest pest management company providing industry-leading pest management technology – offers tips to keep the remainder of summer sting-free. 

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  • Stinging insects can suddenly appear on any structure on your property, including decks, sheds, trees, shrubs, or overhangs. It’s always a wise idea to periodically check for any hives or nests built by wasps or other stinging insects. As summer winds down and nests get larger, they are easier to find. 
  • Yellowjackets are attracted to sugary beverages making aluminum cans and sweet drinks appealing. Keep beverages covered to avoid being stung. 
  • Do not try to remove nests on your own if the task appears difficult – stinging insects may become aggressive when provoked. Swatting at stinging insects will only anger them. Many DIY sprays can reduce or eliminate stinging insect activity; however, it’s best to call in experts for nests hidden in wall voids or in the ground. 
  • The most common variety of stinging insects that homeowners are likely to find this time of year include:
    • Bald-faced hornets and yellowjackets that build basketball-sized nests covered in paper. They generally select dense trees or shrubs, building eaves, wall voids, or pre-existing holes in the ground as suitable nest sites. 
    • Mud daubers create short, tubular-looking nests out of mud in protected spots in attics, garages, under eaves, and other outdoor ceilings and structures. 
    • Paper wasps construct umbrella-shaped nests from paper-like materials, generally hanging under eaves, on fences, and hollow handrails. 
    • Grass carrying wasps build small nests around window frames or other small voids such as hollow deck furniture using, as their name implies, grass. 
    • Honey bee hives are extensive combs made of wax and found in wall cavities, hollow trees, and rock crevices. Unlike other stinging insects, honey bee colonies can last for several years, which is why they store honey, so they can have food for the winter. 

While stinging insects can be a nuisance, many stinging insects are an integral part of agriculture. Many plants, including fruits and vegetables, require pollination in order to grow and thrive. 

“Stinging insects can disrupt our lives when a colony establishes in the wrong place. When we take in the full measure of these creatures, including their valuable pollination services, we’re far better living in a world with bees and wasps than we would be without them. It can be difficult to remember that after being stung,” said Mark VanderWerp, manager of education and training for Rose Pest Solutions. 

When bees and wasps threaten more than recreational enjoyment by taking up residence in and around the home, Rose technicians are trained to remove nests and hives safely, using the most effective solutions. Every pest control product used has been registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and conforms to the strictest guidelines. 

If you have a stinging insect infestation don't hesitate to call us at 800-966-ROSE!

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