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How To Keep Wasps Away From Your Irvine Property

15 / Apr / 2021

In Irvine, one pest inspires more desperate action than any other when the weather starts getting warmer. This pest is none other than the wasp. This stinging insect, which also includes hornets in its species family, is infamous for its hive mentality and its powerful stinger. Depending on the species of wasp, they are usually a social wasp or solitary wasp. Social wasps include ones such as common wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and paper wasps. Solitary wasps are ones like the cicada killer and mud dauber wasp.

 

In case you’re unsure if it’s a wasp in your Irvine home, look for a slender body that boasts a narrow waist, cylindrical legs, smooth skin, and a shiny body. The most common ones you’ll come across include the yellow jacket, bald-faced hornet, and paper wasp. 

Despite their ability to harm people who accidentally provoke them, they are different from most other pests in the sense they’re also beneficial to the environment. Wasps pollinate and feed on other insects, which are both good things. With that in mind, they don’t belong on your Irvine property thanks to the potential danger they pose.

Landscaping And Other Protections

Wasps prefer to spend their time outdoors since that’s where the plants and flowers exist. However, there is hope for Irvine property owners in the form of functional landscaping. This is because some plants actually repel wasps instead of attracting them. Some of the most popular plants to have on the property especially near the house include ones like lemongrass, mint, basil, and even cucumber.

Just like there are plants to repel wasps, some in higher concentrations attract them even more than normal, which include sweet fennel, spearmint, and Queen Anne’s Lace. Besides landscaping, there are other prevention tips to consider like:

  • Food Management: Wasps will gladly eat your food, your pet’s food, and even the food left in a bird feeder. They aren’t picky at all, which is why the first step is to ensure they can’t access these food sources with proper food management.
  • Seal The Entry Points: Wasps can get into small spots a lot more than you think. The tiniest cracks, holes, and crevices are fair game. This is even truer near hot spots like poorly sealed windows. For this reason, an effective way to prevent infestation is to use silicone caulk to fill the entry points along the perimeter.
  • Check For Nests: This pest lives in a nest, which is easily identifiable. Take the time to locate these nests before they become a big problem. Once identified, contact the professionals to handle proper nest removal.
  • Trash Management: The smell of old or rotting food is highly attractive to wasps. When the trash isn’t maintained properly or sealed shut, it acts as a beacon. Remove this beacon by keeping the lid shut and practicing trash disposal far away from the house.

Wasp Control With Malang Pest Control

It can be tempting to consider any pest infestation a minor concern in light of how busy everyone is nowadays. Even with a wasp infestation, this feeling may persist. However, any pest infestation can open the doors to problems like illnesses, damaged property, and direct threats to the health and safety of those on the premises.

That’s why at Malang Pest Control we’ve honed our skills for more than 20 years to ensure we’re in a position to help families keep their homes safe and ultimately pest-free. With our customized pest control services, you get organic products perfectly designed to address your specific pest concerns. Do you need wasp prevention services? Then give us a call at Malang Pest Control to speak with one of our agents about our professional wasp control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.

Long-held beliefs and old clichés warn that it’s unwise to assume things. The reason being that you could be wrong about whatever you’ve concluded. There can be major consequences for being incorrect about pests in Irvine. People sometimes think that an insect or creature is harmless, when in actuality, it’s quite dangerous. They might presume innocence because the critter is cute and furry, commonplace, or doesn’t have a particular feature. For instance, folks would naturally be uneasy about a venomous species.
 
Crickets are often thought to be inoffensive and without risk, but this isn’t true. The jumping bugs multiply very fast and can nest in spots that are hard to get to. Thus, they are rather challenging to get rid of. Learn what the hazards are with crickets and how you can prevent them in Irvine with Malang Pest Control.

How Do Crickets Operate? What Are the Dangers?

House crickets, as you might guess, are seen the most in human dwellings. The yellow-brown insects have a trio of bands along their heads. Lengthy antennas, wings, and big hind legs are among their features. When fully developed, they are 0.75 to 0.87 of an inch long. Their smaller young have all the same physical characteristics, except for wings. Extreme temperatures and being low on food sources are what inspire crickets to penetrate domiciles. They will slip through openings in windows, doors, and foundations. Most likely, you’ll find them in basements, kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, and heaters. Those spaces provide the warmth and moisture they’re drawn to. Pet food, fruit, and vegetables are some of what they’ll munch on. Crickets also consume other bugs, so their activity implies a larger pest problem. Additionally, they’ll eat:

  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Silk
  • Wool
  • Upholstery
  • Curtains
  • Linens

The aforementioned items are bound to be stained with excrement if crickets get to them. Even worse, these bugs can taint meals and surfaces with their waste. They also have affecting bacteria on their skin. If the critters don’t ruin your belongings or make you sick, they’ll keep you from sleeping with their incessant chirping. Males make these noises to communicate with females for mating.

What Can Be Done to Prevent Crickets?

When crickets are outdoors, they’ll be feasting on organic matter and nestling under logs, mulch, and rocks. Don’t count on them staying in nature though. Being in the yard, they’ll be too close to the coziness of your abode to resist it and they can pass through gaps of any size. To keep them from being on your land at all, take these actions:

  • Seal holes in foundations, windows, and doors
  • Resolve all leaks, and fixture and moisture malfunctions 
  • Use a dehumidifier in the basement to control dampness 
  • Add covers to all exterior vents 
  • Place food and trash in canisters that are secure 
  • Routinely trim grass and greenery, and get debris off the lawn
  • Set plants, flowers, and wood two feet away from your property
  • Inspect packages, storage boxes, and outdoor furniture before bringing them indoors 
  • Install LED lights for outdoor illumination. Crickets will have difficulty seeing the warmer colors, like yellow and orange. Also, LED lights don’t generate as much heat.

How Will Malang Pest Control Exterminate Crickets?

Malang Pest Control has successfully been in business for over a decade because we’ve set our standards high. We provide budget-friendly services that are customized and designed to eradicate the critter in question. Our experienced technicians will use organic or botanical treatments to end cricket populations on your property. This ensures the desired results, while keeping humans, pets, and vegetation safe. Plus, it will be gentle on the environment. You’ll get a free inspection when you call Malang Pest Control today, so don’t think twice! 

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