Denver Homeowners' Helpful Guide To Effective Wasp Control

Paper Wasp on a tree branch.

When it comes to outdoor safety on your Denver property, you can never be too careful. Stinging insects like wasps are difficult to control once they've crossed your property line, and getting rid of them on your own is dangerous even for those who don't have allergies. The most effective wasp control is prevention, and we're here to help you with that.

Common Wasps In Denver

Identifying problematic wasps is an important step in prevention, and with over four thousand different species in the United States alone, that task may look daunting. Thankfully, there aren't nearly that many around Denver, and even fewer are commonly found as pests:

  • Bald-faced hornets – ½ an inch long, black with white markings, fine hair on the body, aerial paper nests, extremely aggressive
  • Paper wasps – up to ¾ of an inch long, brown with yellow markings, hairless, aerial paper nests, aggressive
  • Mud daubers –½ to 1 inch long, can be black, black, yellow, or metallic blue, hairless, long slender body, mud tubes on sheltered areas, less aggressive

Wasps are incredibly beneficial to the environment, as they sometimes aid in pollination, but they're most beneficial in that they eat common garden pests. They're also terribly defensive of their nests, and unlike bees, they can sting multiple times to get their point across. While one sting would be largely painful at worst for those who aren't allergic, multiple stings from several wasps increase the toxin levels in a person's bloodstream, leading to more severe and life-threatening reactions.

Wasp Prevention On Your Denver Property

If you want to make sure you don't have to deal with wasps on your property this summer, then you'll need to get proactive about yard care and maintenance. Wasps are drawn to their preferred foods, which happen to be sweets and proteins. Unsealed trash cans, grills, and any food left lying around outside are big attractants for these pests, and if they find a bounty of food, they'll bring an entire nest with them.

Another attractive quality that your Denver property might have is good nesting areas. Some wasps prefer hanging nests, some go for more sheltered areas, and others nest in the ground, so there's a lot you can do to make your property less enticing:

  • Fill in any holes and old rodent nests around your property
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed back
  • Avoid over-watering your garden
  • Make sure to have tight-fitting lids on outdoor trash cans
  • Clean up any food and messes immediately after eating outside
  • If you have a chimney, implement a chimney cap
  • Repair and seal any holes and cracks in the foundation, outer walls, and roof and trim
  • Add wasp-deterrent plants to your garden; wormwood, pennyroyal, marigold, eucalyptus, citronella, geraniums
  • Add a fake nest to your porch and backyard; wasps are extremely territorial and won't nest within a few hundred feet of another colony
  • Move wood and mulch piles away from your property, and remove any fallen trees and tree stumps

Get Rid Of A Wasp Infestation On Your Denver Property With Help From The Experts At Beeline Pest Control

Even the best preventative measures aren't completely effective, and outside pests are difficult to control. If you have a wasp infestation on your Denver property, don't try to get rid of it on your own. These pests are hazardous, and DIY extermination isn't worth risking an ER visit. When it comes to eradicating stinging insects, it's always best to call for help.

With Beeline Pest Control, you're guaranteed to get phenomenal service at phenomenal prices. We understand that the health and safety of your loved ones are your top priority, and we strive to make that a reality for your home and property. Our highly-trained pest professionals only use the best quality pesticides and procedures in all of our treatments. Don't let wasps bully you into going indoors! Get in contact with us today to start discussing your pest control options.

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