The next time you’re treating for wasps, hornets or fire ants, inspect the following to ensure “spring doesn’t sting” your clients:
- Play equipment — Swing sets and treehouses can be an often-overlooked home to stinging insects. When overwintering paper wasps emerge, they tend to set up their nests on playsets that have been undisturbed in the winter.
- Outdoor storage areas — Sheds, deck crawlspaces and garages are all great places for wasps and hornets to build nests. When visiting a home for a stinging insect infestation, pay special attention to the corners and edges of these areas, because that’s where nests tend to be built.
- Air-conditioning units — Typically found in the South, fire ants are attracted to the current and electromagnetic field of air-conditioner condensers — potentially leading to a short circuit and malfunction.