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Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle

One of the most explosive pest control social media pieces this last summer happened to be a word search puzzle. You’ve most likely seen it shared on Facebook. Essentially, the word search puzzle had 12 different pests hidden inside; and a few words that were not pests. Participants on Facebook were asked to comment on the word search puzzle, with the first pest that they found… And boy did they ever! To date, there have been almost 13,000 comments on the puzzle.

Now, I’m getting ahead of myself. First you need to see the word search pest test puzzle for yourself:

The Word Search Pest Test Puzzle

Wordsearch puzzle

Now that you’ve seen the word search puzzle, was the first pest that you found? Are you interested in comparing your find to everyone else who commented their find on Facebook? Check out the following infographic, as it breaks down all of the comments and lets us know exactly what pest people were finding.

Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle 

Pest Word Search Infographic

How To Get Rid Of Wasps Safely

Unlike bees, wasps can sting a number of times; and this is why some people get anxious once they discover that there are wasp nests nearby. They feel like the creatures pose a danger to themselves and most especially to their children. This feeling of anxiety is not unfounded as there are individuals who experience severe allergies, sometimes life-threatening anaphylactic reactions, to wasp stings. For those who aren’t sensitive to insect stings, just the thought of being stung can make people quite apprehensive about having wasps around.

How to Get Rid of Wasps

You should not just attack a nest filled with wasps. You only endanger yourself by doing so. Prepare yourself for the task by properly educating yourself about these creatures. The more you know about them, the better. Here are also a few tips that you can try out.

1. Remove new nests.

Wasps usually begin building new nests at the start of spring. When you see a nest on your house or near your property, destroy this right away. It is best to do this while the wasps are still constructing their new home because this means that the nest is not yet occupied, or if it is, there will be fewer wasps as compared with an established nest. By doing so, you also discourage wasps from building a nest in that area, and they’ll be forced to look for another place.

2. Use wasp/hornet insecticides.

Aerosol insecticides can also be used to kill wasps in a nest. Purchase a can (or two if the nest is quite big) of insecticide. Make sure that this is for wasps or hornets. Read the instructions about how to use it. Generally, you need to spray a nest at night or very early in the morning when the wasps are either resting or just getting ready to start their day. You get to kill most of the wasps as they are all in their nest during these times.

Before using aerosol insecticides, take proper precautions. Be sure that there aren’t children or pets around. Wear protective clothing, such as a loose long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and a screened hat (or a beekeeper’s hat). Close doors and windows so that the wasps won’t be able to flee inside your home. Also, before you spray, make sure that you have an escape route just in case the wasps come out fighting.

Then, spray the nest, and wait. Usually, most insecticide cans instruct users to wait overnight or about twenty-four hours. This ensures that all the wasps are dead before you approach the nest. As a precaution, check the nest for activity before scraping it off with a sharp knife. Be sure to have a large plastic bag ready too so that you can just put the nest in there before throwing it in the bin.

Final Note

Wasp nest removal methods usually depend on the location of the nest. The tips mentioned above will work for nests that are on walls or surfaces. Other techniques can be used to get rid of wasp nests that are in the ground. This often involves pouring a poisonous liquid into the nest at nighttime.

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Claire Lassiter is a full-time freelancer who frequently blogs about pest-related issues. She hopes that her articles will give people more information about Oklahoma City wasp control.

Atlanta Yellow Jackets Exposed

English: a yellow jacket wasp

English: a yellow jacket wasp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you live in Atlanta, and hear the word yellow jackets, you probably think of Georgia Tech. While the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets garner much of the cities’ attention, there is another type of yellow jacket that require admiration… The stinging yellow jacket wasp!

The Yellow Jacket Wasp

The yellow jacket is sometimes mistaken for a bee, because of it’s black and yellow coloring. Like bees, yellow jackets can unleash very painful stings. Yellow jackets can sting a victim repeatedly with their lance-like barbed stinger. Stings can result in death if a victim suffers from insect allergies. Such cases are rare.

Foraging yellow jacket wasps hunt for their food; and these are the wasps most of us see buzzing around. They will eat almost anything with protein or sugar in it but preferences range from meats to ripe, decaying fruits, human garbage, and soda.

The Nest Of A Yellow Jacket

Yellow jackets can build their nests almost anywhere, but they favor the fortification of man-made structures. Yellow jacket nests can be found between walls, underneath flooring, in the eaves of houses, inside an attic, and underneath a porch or deck. They are also commonly found in trees, bushes, shrubs, and abandoned animal burrows. A fertilized yellow jacket queen will take shelter in these protected areas during the winter months, and build begin building a new nest and laying eggs when the weather warms.

Spring is here, and yellow jacket nests are small and manageable. If a yellow jacket nest is left untreated all summer, a 5,000 wasp colony can be the result. If you are seeing a few yellow jackets now, take action before the problem escalates.

Pest Control For Yellow Jackets

Unfortunately, homeowners rarely take action against yellow jackets until they are stung or when one of their loved ones is stung. Don’t make this mistake. If you are seeing yellow jackets buzzing around your home’s garbage cans; or are frequently seeing them near hummingbird feeders or picnic areas in your yard; you likely have a nest nearby.

In order to eliminate the yellow jackets near your home, you first need to find out where their nest is. Open a can of soda or tuna flavored cat food and place it near where you are seeing the pests. The wasps will soon find the bait and you can then follow them back to their nest. Now that you have located a yellow jacket nest, it can be treated.

Treating a yellow jacket nest is best left to a pest control professional. Attempts to tackle the problem on your own can leave you with numerous very painful stings. If you are attempting to treat the nest on your own, be very careful. Be safe. Drill a hole inside the nest and spray a quick-freeze aerosol pesticide inside the hole. Next, dust the hive with a pesticide powder. Repeat if necessary. Wait a week or so for the yellow jackets to die, and then remove the nest so it will not be inhabited in the future.

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