Ground wasp nests have become quite the problem; not only can these pests invade your home, but they can also continuously sting you when threatened. So, how do you get rid of an underground wasp nest? And, should you call a pest control service provider to help you? In this article, we’ll answer everything you need to know about dealing with a wasp nest that’s underground.
There are many different species of ground wasps found throughout the USA. Two of the most common ones encountered include the Yellow Jacket and the Cicada Killers.
Identifying Ground Nesting Wasp Nests
Locating wasp nests in the ground can be fairly tricky! However, these little creatures really do know how to hide their borrows. Nevertheless, there are a few things you can look for when trying to find that wasp nest in the ground.
- The ground wasp loves dry soil! They tend to avoid moisture-rich soil, so they are unlikely to create a nest in an area prone to moisture.
- The mound of dirt and an entry point: The queen is partly responsible for creating the nest, and she does this by digging up dry soil, creating an entry point for her fellow wasps. As well, ground-dwelling wasps are a lot bigger than ants, so the entry point to their underground nest can be pretty large.
- Multiple little holes everywhere: Yellow Jackets are little social insects that form tight-knit communities. In doing so, they may create multiple nests scattered in a particular site. These nests will look similar, possessing a large entry point surrounded by a mound of dirt.
So, How Do You Prevent Ground Nest Wasps?
So, now that you’ve dealt with that pesky wasp nest in the ground, we are sure you’re asking, how on earth do you prevent ground-nesting wasps from infesting your backyard? There are many tips and tricks a pest control service will give you, but these are our favorite so far:
- Cover any garbage cans in the area and keep areas free of exposed food.
- The nest of a ground wasp tends to be empty (low population) over the winter months, so this is an excellent time to call your local wasp control exterminator as they can remove the nest quickly.
- Get gardening! Clove, lemongrass, peppermint, and geranium are just some plants that appear to repel wasps and other insects.
How Do You Get Rid of Underground Wasp Nest?
Underground wasps are generally not aggressive; however, if their nest is threatened, they can cause quite a lot of damage to humans. Traditionally, pest control service providers and exterminators use various tactics to eliminate a wasp nest underground. These may include a combination of pesticides and insecticidal dust, which can be sprayed directly on the nest, gradually killing its residents.
Don’t Like Pesticides? Eco-Friendly Wasp Control in Seattle
Looking for a natural wasp control and extermination in Seattle?
When dealing with an underground wasp nest, the Parker Eco Pest Control team always recommends seeking the advice and skills of a professional wasp nest exterminator. Our focus is to provide homeowners with the option of choosing natural wasp removal and control methods.
So, how do we do it?
- We can physically remove any wasp nest that’s lingering around your property.
- We set traps around nuisance areas decreasing the ground wasp nest population.
- We only use insecticides when it’s safe to do so! Insecticide dust is commonly on underground wasp nests and can be very effective when out of reach, in the ground, or walls.