Warmer spring weather means everyone is spending time outside, including overwintering stinging insects that can ruin a spring day. For those in the southern part of the U.S., use these three prep steps when treating for wasps or hornets to prevent callbacks and get your clients back outside. And for those patient northerners waiting for warmer weather, now’s the perfect time to brush up on your stinging insect control protocol.
- Test equipment before arriving at the treatment site to prevent any equipment malfunctions from happening mid-treatment. PMP safety is a main concern when it comes to stinging insect control, which is why it’s also important to gather proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Treat nests in the morning or late afternoon to ensure minimal nest activity. Exceptionally large nests may require overnight treatment. To easily spot wasp nests, watch the flight path of returning wasps. Also, check for nests in areas like trees, outdoor storage sheds, and play equipment. When it comes to getting stung, don’t take any chances. Apply a product that has a far-reaching spray so you don’t have to get very close to the nest.
- Teach your clients how to help prevent unwanted stinging insects on their property. Remind them to keep garbage receptacles clean and tightly lidded, keep up with yard work regularly, and make necessary repairs to things like broken panels or gaps in soffits to avoid nests from being built.
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