Wasps and Hornets Aggressive in the Fall


While we bask in the scent of pumpkin spice in the air, fall is a time of high alert for the bees and wasps who live among us.  Sweater weather may be a delight for us to think of, but cooling temperatures signal big change in nature.  Wasps are on high alert as the weather starts to get colder and they become especially aggressive as their cycle of life rounds to an end.  Read more for some tips from Ace Walco on keeping your home and family safe from aggressive wasps this season.

Why do wasps and hornets get aggressive in the fall?

Many species of bees, wasps and hornets become increasingly aggressive as the seasons change from summer to fall.  There are several reasons.  One factor is that cooler weather signals less food and more competition.  Have you ever been to the dinner table with a bunch of hungry teenagers?  Talk about aggressive!  Being hangry can definitely arouse excited behavior.  Another factor making bees and wasps more aggressive in the fall is that their appetites change around fall, giving them carb cravings.  This can explain their hanging around our backyard parties and bbqs at this time.


What should I do if there is a wasp nest on my property with bees hovering around???

If you live in New Jersey and you have a dangerous paper nest hanging outside your front door, don’t hesitate to give Ace Walco a call right away.  We do our best to ensure that we get someone out to help you right away so you don’t become a hostage locked in your own home!  If you absolutely must leave right now for school or work, and you know you are not highly allergic, cover yourself in a blanket or jacket and walk confidently through the firestorm.  Once safely away, give us a call and schedule a time at your convenience to have someone help you out.


How do I avoid wasps becoming a problem?

The best pest control is prevention, every time.  The best thing you can do for avoiding all pest problems is to create an environment that is in conducive to their comfortable living.  Common simple steps are listed below.  Specific to wasps, though, it is always best to take care of a problem as soon as you notice to avoid it getting worse.  If you notice a small nest early in the summer, call for help so it doesn’t become a huge one later in the fall.  


Tips to Prevent Wasps on Your Property
  • Eliminate standing water.  Dripping spigots or bird baths attract pests of all kinds.
  • Trim vegetation around your home.  There should be no vegetation touching the sides or roof of your home.
  • Get rid of nests as soon as you notice them.

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