Wasps

Wasps are disliked by many due to their ability to sting.  They scare our kids, make their nests in and around our homes, and pose a health threat to those who are allergic to their stings.  Wasps tend to become a problem in late summer and autumn when they disrupt many of our outdoor activities.  We begin finding their nests in many places often needing treatment to eliminate them.

Wasps and Bees have many similarities but are also very different.  While wasps and bees both live in social colonies ruled by queens and maintained by workers, they look and behave differently.

Yellowjackets, baldfaced hornets, and paper wasps are the most common types of wasps found in our area. Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist, slender, cylindrical legs, and they appear smoothed-skinned and shiny.

Social wasp colonies are started from scratch each spring by a queen who was fertilized the previous year and survived the winter by hibernating in a warm place. When she emerges, she builds a small nest that over summer becomes a large colony of wasps.  In winter the colony is killed off and only the new fertilized queens survive by hibernating only to restart the process again the following spring.

Wasps make nests from a papery pulp comprised of chewed-up wood fibers mixed with saliva. Yellowjacket and baldfaced hornet nests consist of a series of rounded combs stacked in tiers and covered by an envelope consisting of several layers of pulp. Paper wasps construct only one comb without any protective envelope. Wasp nests are commonly built in trees, shrubs, under eaves, inside attics and wall voids, eaves of buildings, beams and supports in attics, garages, barns, and also below ground in old rodent burrows or other cavities.

Wasps prey on many insects, including caterpillars, flies, crickets, and other pests. During late summer and fall, wasps change their food gathering priorities and are more interested in collecting sweets and other carbohydrates. Some wasps may become aggressive scavengers around human food causing many of us to become fearful of them.

If you find a wasp nest in or around your home, Werner Pest & Odor Control offers treatment and removal of these nests to eliminate them from your home.  Often times one simple treatment can eliminate the problem.

Werner Pest & Odor Control also offers a protection service that can prevent nests from becoming big and preventing future nests from being built.

Ants

Rarely people stop and consider the world of ants. But when the ants’ world begins to invade yours, you may decide to take action against them.

When spring and summer arrive each year we often see a rise in ant infestations. This is because the ants’ instinct of survival uses this time of year to breed and form new ant colonies. To survive they must feed, so they hunt for sweet, fatty, and protein based foods. Here are a few tips on how to avoid ants infesting your home;

  • Keep counters, appliances, and floor spaces clean
  • Remove garbage and organic wastes daily
  • Rinse recyclables
  • Keep foods in glass jars or containers with tight-fitting lids

What to do if you have an ant infestation. First, in order to provide you with a full-fledged attack against an infestation we must determine what species of ant may be infesting your home. This is extremely important because there are many different species of ants and treatments vary for different species. If the improper treatment is done some times your infestation may not be affected, or return shortly after the treatment. Common species of ants in our area include; Pavement Ants, Field Ants, Thief Ants, Yellow Ants, Odorous Ants, Pharaoh Ants, and Black Carpenter Ants.

Often times we are able to determine what is the best treatment for your infestation simply based on what type of ants you have. But sometimes we need to determine where the ants are nesting. Ants can be found in the soil or pavement outside your house, the bark of a nearby tree, under a large rock, and even in your home.

If you find that you have an ant infestation or nuisance, give the technicians at Werner Pest & Odor Control a call. We often can resolve your problem in a simple one time treatment or you can choose to have a Home Protection Service tailored to your needs to eliminate existing pest problems and prevent future problems.

Problems with Bats

Are you afraid of bats? You are not alone. Most people are fearful of them, but our crew typically says they are not bothered by them and some even like them. Yet the common fear of bats has unfortunately allowed more than 50% of American bat species to be in severe decline and some have even become listed as endangered. Considering most species of bats only have one young per year re-population is even more of an issue.

Believe it or not there are good reasons to keep bats around. A single little brown bat can catch 1,500 mosquito-sized insects in an night and just 150 big brown bats can eat enough cucumber beetles each summer to protect farmers from 33 million of these pests that cost close to a billion dollars annually.

What about the fear of contracting rabies from bats? Well the percentage of bats that may have rabies is less than 1% and more people die from rabies contracted from dog bites in the U.S. than from bat bites.

Due to the decline in natural roosting areas for bats, they have begun to seek shelter in manmade buildings like our homes. Because of the protection of bats and the vital part of our eco-system we offer exclusion services if you find bats are living in your home.

Upon inspection of your home we will look for the presence of bats by the presence of black or brown stains from body oils or droppings in the attic and droppings around cracks or crevices formed by ill-fitting building materials. Bat droppings may also appear on walls, under porches, or on floors or above suspended ceilings. In some instances, you may even notice noise or odors from large colonies of bats in the attic.

Bats can enter your home through openings as small as one-quarter inch in diameter. Common points of entry include, loose or missing shingles or roof vents, places where flashing or boards have come loose and locations where pipes or wiring enter buildings. Openings often occur where walls meet the eaves at the gable ends of an attic, where porches attach to the main part of a house, or where dormers meet the roof. Other points of entry are associated with siding.

So how do we get them to move out of your home? Exclusion is the ONLY effective solution for permanently removing bats from buildings. Trapping and relocating is ineffective since bats have excellent homing instincts and simply return, even when released at great distances.

With our exclusion services our technicians will close all potential areas that would allow bats access to your home. We mount one way doors in the active access points allowing bats to leave but not return. We leave the one way doors mounted for three to four weeks allowing the colony to move on and then return to remove the one way doors and finish the repairs. We offer a two year warranty on our services for bat proofing.