How to Handle Wasps in Your Lawn
Due to their ability to sting and move quickly, bees and wasps are highly feared insects. But not all stinging insects are harmful, and most don’t even sting unless provoked. On the other hand, some people are sensitive to the venom of wasps and bees, and their stings can be deadly.
Many species of wasps and bees exist in each region of Missouri. Since some species are more aggressive than others, it’s important to know how to handle them if you find them on your property. Today on the blog, the experts at Nixa Lawn Service provide some tips for dealing with wasps in your lawn or garden.
What You Can Do
Is your landscape attracting a lot of wasps? There are some things you can do to reduce these bothersome insects in your garden or lawn:
- Cover trash cans
- Don’t leave open food or drinks outside
- Clean recyclables before placing them outdoors
- If wasps are going after larva (that can destroy lawns), let them be
- Maintain a healthy, dense lawn, which can defend itself against wasps
- Consider contacting a professional exterminator to remove any nests
How to Handle Bee and Wasp Stings
A sting can result in swelling, itching, and redness, not to mention pain. If you’ve been stung, take action immediately. Apply a meat tenderizer or salt to minimize the symptoms, and leave it on for half an hour. You can also use sting-swabs or a half teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to make a paste.
Some people may not react well to a sting and could experience symptoms like dizziness and difficulty breathing. Get medical help if you or a person you know has a severe reaction to a bee sting.
Managing Yellow Jackets
Here are some tips for managing aggressive yellow jacket populations:
Yellow jackets are known to build underground nests, but you can treat the nest at night when all the insects are there. Pour liquid insecticide into the hole’s entrance and then cover the gap. Many substances that can kill insects are available over the counter but keep them away from children and pets. Find one labeled for wasp control, and read the directions carefully. In cases where insecticides are unnecessary, use pressurized sprays to eliminate a nest on your porch.
These insects also feed on an array of food sources, so it’s essential to practice good sanitation in the yard, as we listed above. If a yellow jacket (or another wasp) is near you, remain as calm as possible. Erratic movements could cause a sting.
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