Mistakes Tulsa Residents Make to Attract Yellow Jackets

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It is never good when bad-tempered wasps move in and, of all the wasps that can choose your Tulsa property to establish their home, yellow jackets are one of the worst. This is because yellow jackets are aggressive in the defense of their nests and these nests are usually created in low places where it is easy to come into close proximity of them. If this isn't bad enough, they become more aggressive in the fall when nest populations are maxed out and colonies are preparing newly hatched female reproductives for overwintering. If you'd prefer to not have these bad-tempered wasps in your yard, you're going to need to learn what attracts them to your yard. Let's take a look at a few mistakes Tulsa residents make that can increase yellow jacket habitation.

1. Ground Holes

Life can get busy. Who has time to do routine inspections of their property and search for ground holes? If you're thinking, "Not me." We understand. But this is one of the mistakes residents make that could attract yellow jackets. These aggressive insects establish nests inside ground holes and they're not picky about what made the hole. They'll make use of a hole created by a wild animal as quickly as they will a hole made by a human. If you have holes in your yard, it is wise to fill them. If you have a ground-dwelling pest, such as a groundhog, ground squirrel or mole, creating holes in your yard, it is a good idea to have a licensed wildlife control professional deal with this problem before you have numerous holes in your yard.

When yellow jackets establish a ground nest, sometimes all it takes is a lawnmower to set them off. The vibration in the ground can quickly agitate a nest from a distance and you may not notice the swarm developing until it is too late to get away without multiple stings.

2. Entry Points

Yellow jackets will take advantage of voids in trees and man-made structures. A common mistake homeowners make that attracts yellow jackets is they don't do routine inspections of the exterior walls on their homes, sheds, barns or outbuildings. This can have many repercussions. It is a smart idea to do a trip around your home once in the fall and once in the spring to find and seal potential holes. Use a caulking gun or some foam to get the job done.

3. Food

Yellow jackets eat sweets and meats. While they will certainly come into your yard to feed on the nectar of flowers, which most of us have around our Tulsa homes, they'll also come into your yard to feed on meets. These wasps get into garbage, crawl into outdoor grills and feed on bugs around Tulsa homes. Make sure your garbage is bagged and sealed in receptacles. Keep your outdoor grill cleaned and covered. And take measures to reduce bug populations in your yard. One way to do this is to reduce standing water and moisture. This leads us to the last mistake Tulsa homeowners make that attracts yellow jackets.

4. Water

  • Yellow jackets and many other insects are drawn to areas that have puddles and damp vegetation. If you want fewer insects in your yard, you should take the time to learn how to keep your property dry.
  • Check to make sure your gutters are clear and in good working order.
  • Check for leaky spigots or hoses.
  • Trim tree branches to allow sunlight into densely shaded areas.
  • Put space between plants to allow the wind to dry topsoil after watering and after it rains.
  • Refrain from using sprinklers to water your plants or put your sprinklers on a timer to prevent oversaturation.

Yellow Jacket Control

If you need assistance with yellow jacket control, there are many ways the pest professionals here at Montgomery Exterminating can help. We have cost-effective residential plans that include routine inspections to catch warning signs of yellow jacket activity and provide information for you that can help you eliminate potential yellow jacket habitation. We offer nest removal services, wildlife control services, and treatments to reduce many bugs that yellow jackets feed on. When you need comprehensive control of yellow jackets and other potential pest threats, we have the solution. Contact us today for more information or to schedule service.