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Wasps

The wasps that are of most concern to residents of Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Scarborough, York, Toronto, Markham, and the Durham region of Ontario are yellow-jackets and hornets because of their reputation for aggressive behaviour and rapid-fire stinging habits.

But in fact, for the first half of the summer season, yellow-jackets are highly beneficial insects since they are important predators of insect pests that can devastate agricultural crops and ornamental plants.

However, towards the end of the summer when insect numbers begin to fall and their food supplies begin to dwindle, yellow-jackets turn to scavenging. It is at this time that you may find yourself having most trouble fighting off the large numbers of hungry yellow-jackets that can make your barbecue and picnics a misery with their over-assertive food-snatching behaviour.

Yellow-jackets are also very aggressive when defending their nests which are usually located at ground level or in small cavities close to the ground. Many people are actually stung while mowing the lawn when they accidentally run over a yellow-jacket nest not realising it was there!

Nests are usually active for just one season and at the end of summer the colony and old queen dies off and a new-born, recently inseminated queen flies away to overwinter in a protected hollow log, leaf litter, under bark or hidden deep in soil cavities until the warm days of spring tempt her out to lay her eggs and start up a new colony.

Yellow-jacket nests can grow enormous in just one short summer, sometimes containing up to as many as 5,000 workers as well as breeding males and 15,000 larvae cells.

Controlling yellow-jackets and other wasps and eliminating their nests is a job best left to the professionals at Imperial Pest Control who have the protective clothing, soothing smoke equipment and wide experience to know how to exterminate the nest without getting stung.

If you live in Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, York, Toronto, Markham or the Durham region of Ontario and would like more information on our wasp and other pest control services and programmes call Imperial Pest Control on 416-837-1820 today.

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