It’s a nice afternoon on the ninth green at Tri-City Country club, you’re getting ready to putt for birdie when suddenly you’re under aerial attack; you putt and miss the hole by a mile. Now you’re spending the afternoon in a Benadryl coma trying to relieve the swelling from several wasp stings; and you didn’t even get to finish the back nine. Then you remember the wasp nest hanging under the eaves of the garage. It’s time for payback.
The Life of a Wasp
The life span of a wasp is approximately 40 days. Wasps spend this time searching for dead wood and plant materials to chew and turn into paper to build a nest. The queen wasp spends her days creating cells and laying eggs within the nest. The worker wasp is responsible for searching for food, such as insects and nectar from plants, keeping them busy during spring and the early summer months.
During late July and August, a wasp’s responsibilities to the nest are no longer necessary, the eggs have all hatched and left the nest. Now the wasp’s only priority is surviving; becoming more aggressive in search for food. The wasps’ food preference changes from insects and nectar to the food on your table and especially the food you toss in the trash.
When you have a wasp nest hanging from your house or garage, a friendly barbecue in the backyard can turn into a battle over the sweet barbecue sauce clinging to your chicken and ribs. Wasps are fearless as they hover between you and your baked beans. You could try to swat a wasp but you would end up swatting your meal. Good thing our Kennewick wasp control technicians have a solution to help you take back your yard.