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EPA Recommended Integrated Pest Management Tactics for Bee and Wasp Abatement

EPA Recommended Integrated Pest Management Tactics for Bee and Wasp Abatement
EPA Recommended Integrated Pest Management Tactics for Bee and Wasp Abatement

With summer heat comes the inevitable arrival of buzzy pests. Bees and wasps, feared for their stings but relied upon for their pollinating capabilities, take over yards nationwide. How can you reduce the number of these pests in your yard to tolerable levels? With these bee and wasp abatement strategies from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Integrated Pest Management Tactics for Controlling Bees & Wasps

• Put food away immediately after mealtime. 

• Clean up spills of sticky, syrupy liquids and foods immediately.

• Keep trash cans and dumpsters tightly sealed, emptying them frequently.

• Eliminate standing water, which draws pests of all kinds, fixing leaky faucets and areas with poor drainage so that they remain dry.

• Plug holes in your building structure that could allow pests entry.

• Ensure the structural integrity of vents, and window screens. Preventing bees and wasps from entering your building is the best defense.

Other Tips for Reducing the Population of Bees & Wasps on Your Premises

• Consider composting indoors, as these pests can be drawn to open compost piles.

• Clean up rotten fruit and vegetables in the garden to avoid attracting pests.

• Don’t swat wasps. They release chemicals when squashed that can incite nearby wasps to attack. Learn what to do in the vicinity of wasps.

Integrated pest management strategies for bee and wasp abatement falling short? Alleviate the sting of infestations with the help of Stern Environmental today.

Tips to Having Your Backyard be Wasp-Free This Summer

Keep Wasps Out of Your Home and Garden
Keep Wasps Out of Your Home and Garden

Summertime means outdoor activities, cookouts, fun by the pool, and taking care of a vegetable or flower garden. While it’s entertaining to enjoy the many activities a backyard provides, one thing you don’t want to share the fun with is a stinging wasp.

To keep your yard wasp free takes a little planning but well worth it to keep NJ stinging insect control working at peak performance.

Safety is important when working with wasps. Unlike bees that don’t usually sting unless provoked or their nest is in danger, wasps don’t need a reason to attack.

Tips to Be Wasp Free

• Blend lemongrass, clove, and geranium essential oils with dish soap and water. Put in a spray bottle and apply to target areas where wasps congregate or where they’ve previously had a nest.

• Combine 2 tablespoons dish soap with water, place in a spray bottle and coat hanging nests.

• Planting a mint plant will help dissuade wasps in the garden. A more potent option is blending mint oil with water and applying to affected areas.

• Seal any cracks, holes, or crevices around doors, windows, siding, or the space where power lines or cables enter the home.

When you’ve done all you can to remove wasps but find you need the services of a NJ stinging insect control specialist, all you need to do is call the professionals at Stern Environmental and we’ll take care of it.

Indian Wasps May Contain a Hidden Secret for Treating Arthritis

Wasps May Actually Be Beneficial for Health
Wasps May Actually Be Beneficial for Health

There’s a lot to be said for using the services of NJ stinging insect control specialists, especially when it comes to wasps. For many, the sting of a wasp can send them to the emergency room. But there’s good news when it comes to wasps and the more than 100,000 species inhabiting the earth.

Wasps as Healers

In India, some wasps have a different position in the environment than what U.S. residents experience. Northeastern tribes in India use the stinging menaces as a medicinal treatment for joint pain.

Wasps are captured and prepared for consumption either by boiling or prepared by stir-frying along with vegetables. As strange as that sounds, eating insects is nothing new. In addition to wasps, other insects such as ants, bees, crickets, grasshoppers, even cockroaches, are consumed by humans. But only wasps are eaten to relieve arthritis.

Wasp Research

Researchers at the North East Institute of Science and Technology (Jorhat, India) have tested extracts from wasp larvae and found that they interact with two of the body’s enzymes. These enzymes are directly linked to eliminating molecules that trigger arthritis as well as other health-related issues.

While there’s medicinal potential for an extract of wasps to become an anti-oxidative treatment for health issues, if you have a wasp infestation, the first thing you’ll want is help from the NJ stinging insect control professionals, call Stern Environmental today and be wasp free tomorrow.

Tips on Removing a Wasp Nest – Call a Professional

Wasp Control
Wasp Control

Wasp nests are generally found under eves, in out buildings, garages, attics and any place where a sheltered overhang makes building a nest appealing. Because of these locations, they can sometimes become a nuisance, especially if the nest is above a doorway or a window, or if they have somehow found their way into your garage and have nested up in the eaves.

Your first inclination may be to remove the nest and get rid of the problem. However, the problem isn’t the actual nest, its the wasps that occupy it. You’ll have to deal with them first, and here the basics on what to do.

  • Wait until after dark when all of the wasps are back at the nest for the night. If you don’t, some may survive and cause trouble.
  • Make sure to wear protective clothing which includes heavy-weight pants, long sleeve shirts and eye protection.
  • Use a commercial wasp spray with the longest reach. Stand as far back as possible and spray the nest, making sure you do not inhale the fumes.

The best tip of all is to call a professional. Sure, it may cost a few bucks, but it may also save you from getting painfully stung.

For more information on wasp nest removal, contact the  Stern Environmental Group. We are professionally trained to remove any wasp nest that may be a problem, without all of the hassle.

How to Tell the Difference Between a Hornet and a Wasp

The Wasps Advantage
Wasp Control

Both hornets and wasps strike fear into the hearts of many people. But the threat usually occurs only when nests are disturbed or when territory is infringed upon. Another common problem with hornets and wasps is that they often build their nests in inconvenient locations – near public meeting areas, around park benches and on children’s playgrounds. For the sake of communication between your company and NJ pest control services when you call for assistance, here is how to tell the  difference between a hornet and a wasp.

Appearance and Behavior

Wasps tend to have no body hair on their back. They look similar to a giant flying ant in that respect. They also have a thin, elongated body. The color of wasps varies between types, so you can’t really tell from the color if it is a wasp or a hornet. Be aware, though, that yellow wasps are more aggressive than, for example, the paper wasp. The paper wasp is very passive, and unlikely to sting passersby unless attacked first.

Color and Nesting Habits

Hornets are either black and white or reddish-brown in appearance. Hornets swarm and become very aggressive when their nest is disturbed. Hornet’s nests are always higher up, such as under building eaves. Wasp nests can be located in both high and low locations. You should always contact the NJ pest control experts to handle both hornet’s nests and wasp’s nests.