Everyone has to deal with pests at some point in owning a home or living in a rental long enough. It just comes with the territory. And if you have a sizable backyard, there’s a good chance you’re going to end up dealing with insects like bees, mosquitos, flies, and wasps. And the wasps are probably the toughest challenge to address because they often park a nest in a hard-to-reach area, they don’t respond to bug spray or similar like other bugs do, and wasps can sting and keep stinging repeatedly. This combination makes them particularly ornery to deal with.

Types of Wasps

There are two main categories of wasps: social and solitary. The social wasps are often what people see the most of, a dozen or two buzzing around a nest they have built with bug spit and wood material. Once abandoned, the nests are very interesting examples of natural construction and amazingly light to hold. However, don’t try to do so when they are occupied. Social wasps are the more aggressive of the two types and will work as a team in attacking a perceived threat, including humans.

Solitary wasps are the far less aggressive of the two. They do sting but the attack is primarily their hunting tool for attacking and defeating other bugs which they often hunt for prey. These wasps, like their social cousins, work in controlling the population of other bugs and insects. However, they are far less of a problem for a homeowner and are usually not noticed unless one is really looking for them. One of the most exotic of these wasps, the Mud Dauber, is a sole character, often digging in trees for prey and building single-home nests.

Controlling Wasp Populations

Ideally, control starts as soon as a social wasp nest is spotted, before it gets big and established. If the condition is past this point, then it’s time to bring in a professional for the removal.

First off, most nests are going to be positioned in high, out of the way places on the outside of a home or tree. This protects the wasps from predators as well as accommodates their mode of travel, flying. However, for the homeowner, it presents a very credible risk. You’re going to need a ladder to even get close, and ladder injuries are the number one cause of broken legs and arms in people over 40. Falling off a ladder is a common accident too. So, don’t become part of this statistic.

Second, social wasps will defend their territory and, unlike bees, they don’t die after the first sting. That means an unlucky homeowner is in for a bad experience riling up a wasp nest accidentally when trying to get rid of it.

On the other hand, with a professional approach, the homeowner avoids dealing with the wasps at all, which is the first advantage. Next, the professional technician knows exactly when to go after a wasp nest, how to remove it, bag it, and dispose of it safely without anyone getting stung. And, finally, a professional technician removes the nest entirely, so there’s no trace of it remaining triggering a re-infestation the next season (wasps have a bad habit of returning to old nests).

A Local Solution With Experience

Mantis Pest Solutions, with their expert team, have been dealing with wasps and hornets for years. From removal and relocation to home prep and prevention of any new nest establishments, the Mantis team takes care of wasp control in Overland Park permanently, so you don’t have to risk your safety. Put that ladder back in the garage, forget worrying about being stung, and let us take care of your bug problem the right way the first time. Not only do we take care of the wasps in your premises, but we also make sure they don’t come back nor any other related pests either. And you get to enjoy your backyard and home again instead of being chased indoors every time the weather gets warm or you’re having a BBQ.