Tips & Tricks: 5 Ways to Identify, Control a Stinging Pest Infestation

|  June 4, 2015
Doug Vangundy

Doug VanGundy

Proactively control stinging insect infestations year-round with an integrated pest management (IPM) program that begins with a thorough inspection around the building’s exterior, looking for cracks, holes and crevices that might be entry points or a nest location.

Stinging insects’ peak activity is late spring through early fall, a time when PMPs should pay careful attention to their customer sites, choosing to implement proactive measures rather than waiting to respond to an infestation problem.

Tips to help you and your customers identify and control a stinging pest infestation are:

⦁ The eaves of homes are the most popular nesting spot for most species of paper wasps. Other areas to check include attics, soffits and window and door casings.

⦁ Paper wasp nests are typically umbrella-shaped and built out of a paper-like material. In addition to the common locations, they can be found on light fixtures, grills, outdoor furniture and mailboxes.

⦁ Hornet nests might resemble a large gray football and are usually affixed to trees, bushes or the side of a house.

⦁ Yellowjacket nests can be more difficult to spot because they are typically built underground, beneath rocks or inside attics and/or crawlspaces.

⦁ Nests might be easiest to spot in the early morning when colonies are most active, but are best treated in the evening when they’re less active.

Doug VanGundy is Senior Director, Research and Development, for Central Life Sciences.

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