The season of the wasp is summer. For many species of wasp, such as the paper wasp, late winter or early spring is the time when the queens emerge and begin to build nests. In the case of yellowjackets and hornets, the population of the hive might not die down due to the cold weather. By summer, wasp populations are not only large; they are growing quickly.
Wasp Removal a Critical Service for the Greater Austin Area
In a sheltered area such as an old rodent burrow or even in an old car or shed, wasp colonies can become a giant problem. Colonies of yellowjackets with populations in the million-wasp range exist. By late summer most yellowjacket and hornet nests have 1,000-5,000 wasps in them.  If the summer is warm and the fall is late, those colonies can easily grow to hold 10,000. In a sheltered location, massive colonies of wasp build amazingly large paper structures that pose a lethal threat to adults and especially to children and pets.
How Many Wasp Stings Does It Take to Kill a Man?
If you are allergic to the wasp venom, it can take just one sting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that between 90-100 people die each year in the U.S from being stung by bees or wasp. 
Wasp and bee stings kill people in two ways. The most common way is due to an allergic reaction. Wasp and bees have toxins which they inject as they sting you. If you are allergic to that toxin, then you need to seek medical help immediately as its effect takes only a few seconds to start working. If you are not allergic to wasp or bee venom, then it takes around 1,500 stings to kill you according to the University of Florida. 
What Can You Do to Decrease the Risk of Wasp Stings?
Despite the pain that stings cause and the serious health consequences that stings have, wasps have a vital role in our world. Wasp, such as yellowjackets and hornets, are predators and scavengers. As such, they help to keep insect and spider populations in check. Like any other creature, wasps need food, water, and shelter. You can decrease the risk of wasp stings by:
- Keeping rodent populations in check. Yellowjackets and hornets recycle old rodent burrows into new sites for their colonies and hives.
- Keep brush and weeds trimmed. If you mow your yard and trim the shrubs, you will notice if wasps start flying around a specific spot. Seeing where they congregate allows you to call us to remove the wasp nest before it gets too large.
- Remove sheds and junk cars from your yard. If you have an old shed and are not using it, get rid of it. It provides shelter for wasp, spiders, and snakes. If you have an old car or trailer that is just sitting around, the wasp will turn it into a nest site for their colony.
- Fix leaky faucets, irrigation, and hoses. Wasp need a lot of water because they make their nests from chewing up wood, grass, and paper. By keeping available water at a minimum, your yard becomes less hospitable for wasps.
- Reduce food options. Wasp love pet food, scraps of food in your garbage and recycling. A good way to keep them from moving in is to make sure not to leave food around for them to enjoy. Feed your pets at specific times and then pick up the food when they finish eating. Keep recycling and garbage away from your home, and clean the cans periodically.
Reach out to us to discuss a wasp problem. We provide professional pest control for home owners and renters throughout the Greater Austin area including the Texas communities of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Lakeway, Buda, Kyle, and San Marcos.
TIP: Never try to destroy a wasp nest on your own.
As professionals, we have all the tools and equipment needed to safely remove and destroy wasp colonies, even those in the million-wasp range. Talk to us about chemical and mechanical wasp control options for the greater Austin area.
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