3 Summertime Wasps in Washington

Paper wasps are a common summertime wasp in WA - Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt PestIt’s nearly summertime here in the Snohomish WA area, and the weather is warming up. During the summer, everyone wants to spend more time outdoors hiking, camping, having barbecues and picnics, etc. Unfortunately, pest season can make it hard to enjoy spending time outside this time of year. One of the biggest concerns: wasps! Nationwide, there are over 4,000 species of wasps. There are three summertime wasps in particular that cause issues for residents. Keep reading about summertime wasps and how to prevent them from the team here at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest.

How to Identify Summertime Wasps

Wasps are difficult to identify, and it can be dangerous to get too close to them to attempt to! The best way to identify wasps is by their behaviors and nests:

  1. Paper Wasps. These wasps are known for the papery nests they build, which look like upside-down umbrellas. These nests often hang from tree branches and twigs, as well as porch ceilings and door railings. Paper wasp nests typically contain up to 30 wasps. Paper wasps aren’t as aggressive as yellow jackets, but they may sting to defend their nests. Their sting is known to be especially potent and dangerous*.
  2. Mud Daubers. As their name suggests, mud daubers build their nests from mud. They are mostly black in appearance but may have light-colored markings. They are most known for their thin, thread-like waist. Nests are usually located in covered areas such as porch ceilings, sheds, and attics. These wasps prefer to be solitary rather than social. Mud daubers aren’t as aggressive and will only sting when directly handled.
  3. Yellow Jackets. During the summertime, yellow jackets are infamous for being aggressive. Yellow jackets congregate in colonies of up to or more than 1,000 workers. Their nests can be a ticking time bomb if anyone tries to knock it down without a professional pest control company. Yellow jackets will not bother you unless they feel threatened, in which case they may sting repeatedly*.

* If you are stung by a wasp and are having a severe reaction, it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately.

Common summertime wasps in Snohomish WA - Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest

Preventing Wasps in Your Yard

To avoid encountering summertime wasps, it’s important to know what keeps them away. Your first line of defense is to regularly look for the signs of wasp nests forming on or near your property, often in porches, decks, sheds, and garages. To prevent being stung:

  • When outdoors, wear shoes, especially in grassy areas.
  • Do not leave drinks or food in accessible areas.
  • Keep windows and doors properly screened.
  • Keep garbage in sealed receptacles.
  • Do not swat at wasps as it increases the likelihood of an aggressive reaction.

Safe Wasp Removal

If you spot a nest on your property, it’s important to take caution. Nests can contain many more stinging insects than you may think. Always call a professional wasp control expert when it comes to wasp control. The team at Western Exterminator can take care of your wasp problem quickly and safely!

Which Pests Trigger Springtime Allergies?

Pests pay cause allergies in Marysville WA - Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt PestSpringtime in Washington is one of the most beautiful times of the entire year. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when residents suffer from bad allergies. Runny nose, itchy eyes, the symptoms go on and on. But is it only the blooming trees and weather causing your allergies? There’s a chance pests are triggering your springtime allergies. Pest allergens in the home can be dangerous for you and your family, making it important to learn how to prevent pests in your home in the first place.

Here at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest, we’ve gathered info on how to stay protected against pest allergens into our latest blog post.

Allergies Caused by Pests

Pest infestations can be hazardous for a number of reasons, including allergies! Cockroaches are one of the biggest contributors to allergies, especially in children. Roach droppings, saliva, shed skins, and other parts contain allergen proteins that cause allergic reactions and can exacerbate asthma as well. Other pests tied to allergies include stinging insects–yellow jackets, fire ants, wasps, and more. Stings can trigger a wide range of reactions in people, from itching and hives to more serious symptoms.

**If you experience severe symptoms of an allergic reaction such as swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or trouble breathing, call 911 or get medical attention immediately!

Keeping Pests & Allergens Outside

Thankfully, you can avoid pest allergens making your symptoms worse in springtime by learning how to keep pests out of your home in the first place. Some basic measures to take to keep pests away include:

  • Store food in sealed containers and clean kitchens on a daily basis.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and use a tight-fitting lid.
  • Seal cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes, screen doors, and windows.
  • Keep your basements and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry!
  • Wash blankets, rugs, and bedding in hot water or get them dry-cleaned.
  • Vacuum and dust your property frequently.
  • Keep pet food sealed in a tight container and wash food bowls.

What to Do About Pests Triggering Allergies

Pests can cause a hazardous environment in your property in many ways. The allergens they create can be particularly dangerous for your children, which is why it’s crucial to avoid pests at all costs. If you’re having trouble keeping your home protected from pests, give the team at Western Exterminator a call today.