As pest control operators in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA area, we hear it almost every day. Is this the worst year for wasps, yellow jackets and hornets for the Portland Metro area? There is no doubt that it has been worse this year than in the past. That is for sure. If you have been paying attention to the the local news, you will see several articles explaining why there are so many wasps around our homes this year. With all the dry weather during the spring and summer, coupled with a drought in the surrounding area, wasps, yellow jackets and hornets find their way into your yard looking for areas of water. Other than that, we will leave it up to the scientists. For New Leaf Pest Control, all we can say is that we are as busy as we ever have been exterminating nests. So, if you are experiencing issues with active nests around your house, you are getting stung or afraid you might get stung, let me give you a little advice.
First, wasps tend to get more aggressive as the summer goes on. Yellow jackets, for example, will abandon their nest in the fall, but in the weeks leading up to that time, they can be really mean, attacking people and pets that dare to come into their area. If you have a nest in an area of high traffic, it really should be addressed, but if it is not bothering anyone, you can leave it alone and they will eventually go away on their own.
DIY Tips On Exterminating
If you are wanting to brave this on your own and get rid of the nest yourself, keep a few things in mind. First, they are far more active during the day. If you are going to do it, be sure to do it early in the morning or at night when they are not active.
There are several store bought products that can get the job done, but you will have to do your own research on that front. As a pest control company, we have access to products that you cannot buy at the store. The important part is where you spray them. If you are dealing with a yellow jacket ground nest, watch and identify the hole that they fly into and spray this area thoroughly. The idea here is to infect as many of them as you can and let them take it deeper into the nest. There can be yellow jacket nests of up to 20,000 individuals!
One other thing to keep in mind is that you do not want to kill pollinating bees (honey bees and bumble bees). These are good for the environment and rapidly declining as it is. Pollinating bees should only be exterminated if they pose an immediate risk to people.
How Much Does It Cost To Have An Exterminator To Exterminate Wasps?
New Leaf Pest Control offers an online coupon price of just $98 to kill a wasp, hornet or yellow jacket nest. So, if it is not worth the risk of getting stung and you want to make sure that it gets done right, please give us a call and we would be happy to schedule a professional pest control technician to come to your property and exterminate the nest for you.
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