How To Keep Hornets & Wasps Away From Your Jacksonville Yard

March 11, 2022

Has a black and yellow wasp been spotted in the yard? Is a paper wasp circling above the garage? Wondering about local types of wasps? Need wasp removal? Lindsey Pest Services can provide wasp prevention methods for all types of wasps in Jacksonville.

a wasp on a plant leaf

What's The Difference Between Hornets & Wasps In Jacksonville?

Hornets and wasps can look similar. A hornet is a type of wasp. Both of these pests can sting, so what’s the difference? There are a few ways north Florida residents may tell these flying insects apart.

Wasps are usually smaller, shorter, and thinner than hornets. Both the wasp and European hornet eat other insects, but the hornet can be nocturnal. Paper wasp nests resemble an umbrella that is hanging upside down. Hornet nests look like a large cavern big enough to hold hundreds of these insects.

How Dangerous Is It To Have Wasps In My Jacksonville Yard?

While not all types of wasps in Jacksonville are aggressive, they are all capable of stinging. And unlike bees, wasps don’t lose their stingers after an attack. These pests can sting victims repeatedly. Venom can also be injected into the skin with each sting. Ouch!

A wasp sting can cause intense pain, but a minor discomfort is typically all that remains after the pain subsides. There are a couple of exceptions, however. If bitten on the face or throat, it may be best to have a medical professional look at the sting. If victims are allergic to wasp venom, they could experience hives, swelling, and breathing difficulties.

Imagine if a swarm of wasps lives on the property. These flying pests could attack unsuspecting household members over and over. Now imagine someone in the home is allergic to wasp venom. This situation could prove extremely dangerous.

Environmentally Friendly Wasp Prevention Tips For Jacksonville Yards

Wasp prevention without harsh chemicals is not only possible, but it can also work. There are a few methods that homeowners may find helpful in keeping these winged pests away from the premises:

  • Avoid Strongly Scented Products: When preparing to head outside, forgo applying perfumes and colognes or washing with super fragrant soaps and body washes. The same goes for shampoo and conditioner. Even the smell of dryer sheets and detergents can lure wasps. Opt for unscented products if possible to decrease the risk of getting stung.

  • Cover Food Outdoors: When enjoying picnics, barbecues, or other outdoor get-togethers, cover-up food. Bring plastic wrap, tin foil, and plastic covers that can deter wasps from ruining outdoor parties.

  • Prevent Entry: Ensure window screens are in good repair and accompany every window throughout the home. Consider installing a storm door. Caulk any small gaps wasps could use to come indoors.

  • Remain Calm: Even if a wasp nest isn’t on the property, a wasp can land on household members from time to time. Don’t be alarmed if a wasp comes near. Swatting or swiping at these pests will only upset them, possibly causing them to sting because they feel threatened.

  • Stay On Top Of Garbage: Trash bins may hold some tempting treats for wasps. Use exterior receptacles that have tightly shutting lids. Place these bins away from the primary residence; be sure to empty them regularly.

The Secret To Total Wasp Control For Jacksonville Properties

Whether there is a black and yellow wasp problem or a yellow jacket issue, professional pest control in Jacksonville is the best way to go. Wasp removal can be dangerous without the right equipment. Lindsey Pest Services provides the safest and most effective way to control wasps.


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