Back by (Un)Popular Demand: Wasps Thrive in Late Summer and AutumnNPMA Staff
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
By NPMA Staff
For some, the end of summer may mean the end of flip-flops and
lazy days by the pool, but it certainly does not signal the end of
season. In fact, at this point in the season, wasp populations are
reaching their largest numbers, having had the entire summer to
reproduce. With more than half a million people being sent to the
emergency room every year due to wasp and other insect stings, the
National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds people to take
extra care to avoid wasp stings and infestations.
"Wasps are known for their unprovoked aggression," says Missy
Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "In the late
summer months, these pests are busy scavenging for food to prepare
for the colder months ahead, and are often attracted to backyard
barbeques and picnics, which increases your chances of being stung.
Proper pest control is crucial to protect against their painful
NPMA recommends that homeowners inspect their properties
frequently for signs of a wasp
infestation. Common nesting sites include under eaves, on ceiling
beams in attics, garages and sheds, and under porches. If
homeowners find a nest or suspect an infestation, it is critical
that they hire a pest professional. Attempting to remove a nest can
be extremely dangerous, as wasp colonies can have upwards of 15,000
The NPMA offers the following tips to help protect homeowners
from wasp encounters:
- When outdoors, wear shoes, especially in grassy areas.
- Do not leave drinks or food in accessible areas.
- Keep windows and doors properly screened.
- Keep garbage in sealed receptacles.
- Do not swat at wasps as it increases the likelihood of an
- If stung, seek immediate medical attention, as reactions can be
- Call a pest
professional if you find a wasp nest on your property or
suspect an infestation.