Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
Wasps are unwelcome guests in most homes and for good reason. No one wants these insects and their painful stingers nearby.
Common Exterior Nesting Sites
When it comes to nesting on the exterior of your home, most wasp varieties are drawn to the protected areas such as under roof eaves or porch awnings. These locations allow for ease of exiting and entering, while still providing protection from both the weather and possible predators.
Some wasp varieties may also be drawn to create nests in wall cracks or holes in the siding. If access can be gained, wasps may also build nests behind siding panels or in soffit vents under the eaves themselves. Some ground-dwelling wasps may also enter foundation cracks in order to create a nest near ground level.
Causes of Interior Problems
Wasps can also get inside the home. Most wasp incursion into the home is through open doors and windows, including through tears in screens or poorly fitting screens. The chances of wasps accessing the home through these means are greater if there are wasps nests on the exterior of the home.
In some cases, wasps may also nest in the home. Attics are a common wasp nesting area. They enter through vent openings or small damage to the roof or eaves. They are drawn to nest in the warm, dry attic. Other indoor nesting sites include inside walls or inside chimneys that aren't in use. Vents can also attract nesting wasps.
Prevention and Eradication
Prevention is the best option. Make sure any cracks, holes, or openings in your siding, eaves, foundation, and roof are promptly repaired. Vents should have well-fitted covers or fine mesh screening. Keep chimney flues shut and do not open windows unless they are equipped with well fitted and undamaged screens. These steps may not prevent all wasp entry, but they will greatly reduce the number of wasps that can make it into the home.
If wasps are already present, then eradication is necessary. Wasp stings are painful and can be dangerous if you are allergic or is stung multiple times. For this reason, it is best to call in a pest control professional to remove any wasps that have nested under your eaves or in the walls. Your pest pro will eliminate the wasps with pesticide and then remove the nest, whether it is inside or outside of your home.
Contact a pest control service if you are having issues with pests on your property.