It’s winter! Then, why in the world do you see a wasp flying around your house? One particular type of wasp that is common to our area is the paper wasp (Polisties sp.). They are called paper wasps because they build papery, water-resistant nests from fibers from dead wood and plant stems mixed with saliva. The nest has open combs allowing for rearing broods when the time is right. The constricted stalk anchors the nest in a protected place like the eave of a house or underside of a deck. After the nest is constructed, the wasps secrete a chemical that is spread around the base of the anchor to repel ants and prevent the loss of eggs or brood.
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“It’s that time, Christmas time is here everybody knows, there’s not a better time of year. Hear that sleigh, Santa’s on his way hip, hip, hooray for Christmas vacation…” Do you recognize that song? I’m sure you do. It’s from the popular movie, Christmas Vacation. Watching this movie is a Thanksgiving night tradition. One of our favorite scenes is when the squirrel jumps out of the tree. I have to admit that every year when we bring our fresh tree home, I can’t help but think about that scene and wonder if there is some sort of wildlife living in our tree. I’m happy to say that we’ve never had a squirrel or anything like that living in our tree, there is always a risk of bringing spiders, rodents and insects into the home when any kind of live greenery is brought indoors. According to The National Pest Management Association, there could be up to 25,000 bugs in one tree. Wow! They offer the following tips to avoid a Christmas Vacation fiasco to ruin your holidays:
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you might not have an ant problem. In fact, during the cold, wet months they are more likely to invite themselves into your home. Ants are cold-blooded and your home is a fantastic shelter for them. They are also looking for a food source as outdoor plants and grains become scarce in the winter. To keep ants out of your home follow these simple tips:
Do you leave your home? If so, chances are you could unknowingly pick up bed bugs and bring them back home. Bed bugs can be found in every state in the US and all over the world. Since bedbugs are blood-eating bugs, they dwell almost exclusively with humans and they are happy to hitch a ride with an unsuspecting host. Many people believe they are only picked up in hotel rooms, while it is true you can pick them up from a hotel there are many other places such as:
When I think of wasps, I always think of my mom. I know. Weird, right? It’s funny how odd little things make us think of loved ones. You see, she was deathly allergic to red wasps. So much so that she was terrified to go outside her home to do any type of gardening or yard work. I’m not saying she was homebound or anything like that, but the fear of being stung by a red wasp definitely dictated many of the things she did outdoors. I sure do wish we had known about Terminator Termite and Pest Control’s innovative wasp prevention because it seems like those wasps can search out and find the people that are allergic to them.
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