For many people, the fall season means cleaning up the yard for winter, shopping and decorating for the upcoming holidays, and eating everything and anything that has pumpkin in it. For stinging insects, like wasps and hornets, the fall means searching for a place to overwinter in. Because stinging insects are in the process of looking for winter real estate, steps should be taken now to ensure that your home does not become their home this fall!
It is a common misconception that when fall comes around and the temperature start to cool that insects, including wasps and hornets, just simply “go away” until spring. The truth is during the fall season, stinging insects actually become more aggressive and active as they forage for the last remaining food of the season, and as males search for mates. After the mating has occurred, the males start to die off, and the females are left trying to find a location to spend the winter in.
Wasps and hornets commonly enter into homes through cracks around chimney’s and in foundations, through gaps around windows and doors, and through the spaces found around utility entrances. Once inside, they will hide behind walls, in attics, and in crawl spaces. They can become very problematic because on warm days they will leave those hidden areas and travel throughout your home leaving you and your family at risk of being stung.
In order to prevent stinging insects from getting into your home and harming you or your family there are several things that you can do around your property to help deter them. The professionals at McCall Service suggest doing the following to help prevent stinging insects in your home:
Trim back trees and bushes that are close to or touching the exterior of your home.
Seal cracks and gaps found in your home’s foundation, around chimneys, and in exterior walls.
Seal off the areas around where utilities enter into your home.
Caulk gaps around exterior windows and doors.
Check your roof and replace any loose or missing shingles; make sure that your home's chimney has a tight fitting cap on it.
Make sure garbage that is stored outside is kept in cans with tight fitting lids, and that they are kept a distance from your home.
If you would like more information about stinging insects and how to prevent them, or for assistance with stinging insect control on your property through our Home Pest Control Program, contact the experts at McCall Service today!