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Decks And Wasps Go Hand In Hand

Wood decks are an excellent location for many species of wasps to establish a colony.  During the springtime when wasps emerge from their overwintering spots, they often look for a suitable nesting location that is in close proximity.  Decks that are built close to the ground are especially prone to wasp infestations due to the fact that they provide suitable shelter for new nesting spots.  Decks, even if they are pressure treated, that are close to the ground also attract a variety of ant species.

Low lying decks make detecting wasp or ant infestations difficult as they are often too tight to the ground for humans to become close enough to fully eradicate the pesky creatures.  Some types of wasps will build small nests on the underside of decks and will live a solitary life.  Wasps such as mud daubers and paper wasps do not pose much of a problem for humans as they are rarely aggressive.  Paper wasps do not become aggressive unless their nest is built next to a doorway and they are continuously disturbed.  Mud daubers are never aggressive and will not defend their nest.

Yellow jacket wasps will take advantage of a low lying deck and build their nest underneath in a well-protected area.  As the summer months move forward, the nest will swell to greater capacity.  Yellow jackets are considered to be aggressive wasps.  Yellow jackets will not hesitate to signal other yellow jackets in the colony to defend the nest if they feel threatened.

Keep your home and garden free of stinging wasps by calling a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control.

When Yellow Jackets, Wasps, Or Hornets Become Problem Pests Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Monday…

Hornets will build large paper like nests that are usually found in trees.  The nests are closed except for an entrance/exit hole at the bottom.  Hornets are the largest in the wasp family and are known for being aggressive.  These pests have a varied diet of leaves and sap, and will also hunt bees, flies, and insects.  While they can be considered beneficial because they kill unwanted insects, when they build their nest too close to human structures or areas of activity, they become a serious threat.  Hornet nests are extremely dangerous to deal with as they typically have hundreds of members living within the nest.

Most yellow jacket nests can be found underground in an abandoned rodent nest but on occasion they can be found suspended from a branch.  They are also known to take up residence in a wall void or cavity.  Yellow jackets seek out both sweets and meat and become more aggressive as the summer months pass and food supplies diminish.  Yellow jackets are known for their aggressive behavior when any person or animal happens upon their nest.  It is not uncommon for one threatened yellow jacket to call in an army of yellow jackets causing a full-scale sting fest for anyone invading their space.

Many people suffer adverse reactions to the stings from wasps.  Monmouth County, NJ exterminators recommend that professional help be sought when these invasive pests are found at any home or business.   An experienced exterminator will be able to find the problem nest and safely remove it to eliminate the threat of stings for family members and guests.

When Yellow Jackets, Wasps, Or Hornets Become Problem Pests Part 1 Of 2

Many types of wasps cause problems for New Jersey residents as they go about their daily activities report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators.  Social wasps that belong to the Vespidae family can be an extreme nuisance to encounter. Vespidae family wasps include hornets, yellow jackets, and paper wasps.  Each of these types of insects will defend their nest and territory with vigor if they believe a threat is nearby.

Vespidae family critters tend to build their nests near humans making chance encounters with the stinging pests an ongoing problem.  It can be quite difficult to enjoy a backyard barbeque, pool party, or day at an amusement park with wasps or hornets flying in to partake in food or drink samplings of sweet sodas.  These pesky invaders love both sweets and meat and have proven to be aggressive and dangerous home invaders.

It’s easy to tell the difference between wasps and bees because bees have body hairs with thin elongated body frames.  Wasps may be reddish-brown, brown, black, or yellow and black in color.  Their bodies have long narrow wings that fold into their body when they are not flying.

Wasps create paper-like nests that are made of wood fibers.  The biggest difference between these aggressive pests is where they choose to build their nests.  Paper wasps build their open paper-like nests under porches, eaves or windows.  Insects that are caught are brought back to the nest and fed to their growing young.  Caterpillars are one of their favorite meals.  These wasps don’t usually cause problems for people unless they are being disturbed.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

Can You Safely Escape A Yellow Jacket Attack? Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Monday…

Evidence has shown that even if you have not suffered an allergic reaction to a yellow jacket or bee sting in the past, you may still suffer allergic reactions at any point in time.  Because yellow jackets are one of the most aggressive types of wasps, if a nest is disturbed, it is unlikely that a person will only receive one yellow jacket sting.  Unlike honey bees which have a barbed stinger which allows them to only sting one time, the yellow jacket has a smooth stinger which in most cases does not stay inside of its victim.  Yellow jackets have the capability to sting many times.  Yellow jacket venom is potent and dangerous.  Stings should be taken seriously as any person of any age can suffer from anaphylaxis shock when stung by these wasps.

What to DO and NOT TO DO if you are under attack from a posse of yellow jackets.

• Human reaction is to fight or flight.  In the case of yellow jackets…do not fight them off of you, it will only insight the angry wasps.

• Instead, the best option is to RUN as fast as you can.  The average human can outrun pursuing yellow jackets.  Yellow jackets won’t give up the flight easily however.  They have been known to chase a person up to a mile before they give up the fight.

• NEVER jump into a pool, pond, lake, or other body of water.  Yellow jackets are smart cookies and they instinctively know that sooner or later a person who has jumped into water will be up for a breath of air.  Once you come up, the yellow jackets will be ready to attack your head, face, and any other area of skin that they can reach.

• NEVER run inside of a home or business.  Pursuing yellow jackets are fast flyers and they will be hot on your trail and will simply follow you inside and attack at will.

• Always keep a lookout for yellow jackets zipping through your front or back yard.  Watching where they go will tell you where their nesting site is so it can be avoided.

• If you know yellow jackets are present, never try to kill them on your own.

A licensed Monmouth County, NJ exterminator will be able to properly eliminate yellow jacket nests and prevent painful and dangerous stings for you and your family members.  Call Allison Pest Control today for expert extermination services.

Can You Safely Escape A Yellow Jacket Attack? Part 1 Of 2

Yellow jackets nests are well under-way throughout the state of New Jersey as well as other areas in the United States.  Yellow jacket wasps are fierce competitors for food and work diligently to create a great nesting site for their growing young.  The queen wasp continues to produce eggs in the well sheltered area of the nest which is protected by the worker wasps.  It would be difficult for predators to do damage to a well-established yellow jacket wasp nest.

The most common place that yellow jacket nests can be found is underground in abandoned rodent burrows.  Sometimes nests will also be found hanging from trees, hidden in bushes, hanging from soffits, or even in wall voids that the queen found when initially looking for a good nesting site.

Most homeowners will encounter yellow jackets at this time of year strictly by accident.  Grooming overgrown bushes or trimming limbs in a tree can disturb or even expose a well-hidden yellow jacket nest.  Yellow jackets are sensitive to vibrations and are threatened by the sound of lawn mowers, even if they do not run directly over the entrance hole to their colony.

Once a person or their machinery is determined to be a threat by yellow jackets, serious trouble will surely follow.  One yellow jacket will send the alarm signal to other yellow jackets that they are under attack, even if they are not.  Since negotiation is not an option, the only thing that a homeowner who is suddenly under the attack of angry and aggressive yellow jackets can do is get away.

Yellow jacket stings are the number one insect that causes people to seek emergency help throughout the United States.

Please check back for the conclusion on Wednesday.

Important Information About New Jersey Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are known for their aggression and notoriously painful stings report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators.  Residing in a variety of locations such as stone walls, porches, bushes, trees, wall voids, and abandoned rodent holes in the ground, yellow jackets can attack both human and pets at any time, even when they are not being bothered.  Their well hidden nests are camouflaged in so many different areas which is one reason that they are inadvertently disturbed.

When spending time outdoors at the pool or enjoying a backyard barbeque or park picnic, yellow jackets are uninvited guests that will quickly spoil the fun as they attracted to human foods and drinks.  Meat, sweets, and even human sweat will draw the yellow jackets in from a good distance away.

Many people do not know that yellow jackets are especially attracted to clothing that is dark in color.  In addition, wearing perfume, heavy smelling deodorant, or hairspray, or any other type of fragrance will also call these pests towards people.

An important thing for everyone to remember when it comes to yellow jackets is that once one is swatted at, it will send an alarm signal to the rest of the members of the hive that it is in trouble.  Those swats, even if they do not make contact, can result in a full-scale attack from an angry group of yellow jackets coming to defend their mate.  If a yellow jacket is stepped on or squashed, the ruptured venom sac will alert the other yellow jackets in the colony into attack mode as well.

Some yellow jacket stings can be a painful inconvenience and some can be a life threatening medical emergency.  Monmouth County, NJ exterminators recommend that yellow jacket nests only be removed by an experienced exterminator.