Keeping a Vigilant Eye Against Emerging Yellowjackets in the Spring

We’re officially in the middle of April, which means that yellow jacket season is just around the corner. For many, the sight of a yellowjacket causes feelings of fear, dread, and annoyance. With their painful stings and aggressive temperament, it’s no wonder that most are not fond of the insect. However, for the select few that are allergic to bee stings, the sight of yellowjackets is a potentially dangerous and lethal occurrence that is only exacerbated by how prolific the species is during the summer. With it still being early, now is the time to be vigilant of any signs of forming yellowjacket nests. By knowing their behaviors and nesting tendencies, you can put a stop to any new nests before they become big enough to necessitate pest control.

The term yellowjacket actually refers to a number of different species of wasps. The ground-nesting western yellowjacket is included in this grouping and is the most commonly encountered species. The western yellowjacket accounts for the overwhelming majority of stinging incidents recorded, and are the most noxious species. Yellowjackets are sometimes mistaken for “bees” due to similar size and appearance. However, yellow jackets are a type of wasp. Unlike bees, yellowjackets do not have furry bodies or carry pollen. They are identifiable by their distinctive markings, thin “waists,” and their side-to-side flight pattern.

Yellowjackets begin making their nests in spring when a single queen who overwinters becomes active due to the warming weather. Once she emerges in late winter/earl spring, she will start her mission of feeding and starting a new nest. The nest grows considerably between spring and summer, and workers will seek out other insects to feed the increasing number of larvae. By late summer, the colony will have grown quite large. Yellowjacket colonies usually only live out for one summer. After, the new queens abandon the nest to start new colonies, and the remaining yellowjackets die at the end of the summer. They do not reuse the same nest next year.

Yellowjackets build both paper and ground nests. Aerial-nesting yellowjackets will usually build their paper nests attached to the eaves of a building or hanging off of the limb of a tree. However, yellowjackets will also build their nests anywhere that is generally undisturbed such as between walls and within ceilings. Yellowjackets build their paper nests out of paper they make from wood bits mixed with saliva. Fully built, it resembles multiple tiers of vertical cells with a single entrance hole usually at the bottom of the nest. Ground-nesting yellowjackets usually utilize rodent burrows for their nests. If the nest grows too big for the hole, yellowjackets will increase the size by burrowing.

Yellowjackets are incredibly aggressive and will vehemently defend their nests. Though all wasps will defend their nests, yellowjackets do so with the most fervor. When disturbed, they will bite and sting simultaneously and repeatedly. Because wasp stingers do not have barbs, yellowjackets can continue to sting the subject a considerable number of times. This can be exacerbated by the sheer number of yellowjackets that can inhabit a single nest, with populations reaching between 1,500 and 15,000, depending on species. Their defensive behavior only gets more rambunctious throughout the continuation of summer as the colony populations become larger and food becomes scarcer. Yellowjackets can be killed with general pesticides, but due to their aggressive nature and sheer numbers, calling pest control might be necessary for removing a particularly large nest, especially if it has made its way into your home.

So, if you happen to see a yellowjacket starting to build her nest within the next few weeks, address it right away. Killing the nest now with pesticides will eliminate the need for pest control to remove a nasty, huge nest once summer arrives. Staying vigilant will help keep yellowjackets at bay and protect you from getting stung. However, if you do find yourself needing pest control to remove a wasp nest later in the season, then call Antworks. We not only provide our services in Vancouver, but also provide pest control in Tacoma, WA.

Antworks Pest Control Tacoma

An ant infestation in your home can be very troublesome. You never know when a stream of them will march through your kitchen or other living spaces. Ants can get in from the outside through the smallest of openings. If you block off one entrance, the ants will likely find another. Unless you know where the nest is, it is very difficult to control their access. When you feel like ants are taking over your house and your ant problem is getting out of hand, you need to call in a professional service….Antworks Pest Control Tacoma… to eradicate them.

Antworks Pest Control is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and Angies List and is locally, family owned and operated.

The company website at allaboutants.net has extensive information on the services that they provide. If you want to know their approach in tackling the ant problems, you can read more about that on their website. There is information on the methods and materials that they use.

The explanation on the particular exterminating agent that they use on ants is very informative. It is helpful that a company takes so much time in educating the public about ant control. It gives customers more options that they can consider. The more information that a potential customer gets, the more able he is in making an informed decision on the pest control company that he should use.

One sign of an honest company is that it encourage you to leave reviews on their services. On the website, there is a page with links to popular review sites where customers can freely go to leave a review on the company. Only a business who is confident in its ability to offer excellent service to its customers would be brave enough to do this.

There is also a page for customer testimonials where you can read about the good works that the company has done for its customers. That gives you an idea on how satisfied the company’s clients are.

The website also has a number of blog posts on ant infestation removal. It has helpful tips for the homeowner on how to fortify the home against ant invasions. The fact is, there are many things that a homeowner can do to discourage ants from coming inside the house. A few examples are caulking gaps around the window sills, vacuuming and cleaning the floor often so no food debris will attract the pests.

These and other practical tips that the company provides are very helpful to the homeowner in maintaining a pest-free house. Of course, there will be times when an infestation will happen anyway. In that case, it is comforting to know that there is a reliable company like Antworks Pest Control Tacoma who can be there when you need them.

Ant Infestation Removal | Pest Control in Tacoma WA

Getting rid of an ant infestation is never a lot of fun, although it is a process that isn’t nearly as hard as many people believe. While ants aren’t nearly as bad as some other infestations, and they are even helpful in getting rid of pests like fleas or bedbugs, but you still don’t want to deal with them swarming all over your home. The good news is there are actually multiple ways to take care of an ant infestation.

The first step is to fix whatever is attracting ants in the first place and to make your home less appealing to them. If you have loose window sills or loose frames in windows you don’t open, caulking them up can make sure that’s one less entry way ants can get through.

Look for any area where ants might be entering from. You want to address all of them. Look for doorways, cracks in the wall, anywhere where it seems like there’s an unusual number of ants getting into your home. You can use lines of salt or talc to help repel them. These substances are like the anti-sugar for ants, it repels them instead of attracts them. Baby powder and tailor’s chalk can also work, although many people swear salt is the most effective.

Make sure to keep your floors clean of food. Vacuum, shampoo, and sweep. Remove any spills or any stickiness off of the floor. You don’t want anything to attract any new ones in.

The next step is to look for ants in your home and eliminate them. There are plenty of ant poisons that you can grab but a more natural solution is to spray them with lemon flavored or peppermint flavored water. Ants don’t react well to any of these. Vinegar is another popular choice that many people have found as an effective way to combat any potential ant issues.

As long as you don’t have small children the next step could be bait traps and poison spray. You always want to use these with caution and make sure not to breathe in the fumes or ingest any of it. Make sure to follow all the proper safety precautions so you don’t have any blowback.

Make sure after vacuuming that you also thoroughly clean your vacuum cleaner, using some vinegar with your water. You don’t want to accidentally give some resilient ants a hidden new home.

These steps are usually enough to handle any ant problem, but sometimes you just can’t locate the main nest and even through salt and vinegar they keep coming back. Don’t put up with that! There’s never any good reason to allow any infestation to hit you.

That’s the time you may have to hire professionals, like the ones at Antworks Pest Control. Professional exterminators will have the tools to go one step further and to take care of those pesky ant infestations in your home that just won’t go away.

When it comes to getting rid of an ant infestation, it’s okay to pull out the big guns!