Wasps in Nashville are buzzing right now. Not because it’s the end of the summer when wasps and other stinging insects are at their peak, but because of a recent Tik Tok video showing an individual trying a little DIY pest control. Not familiar with the video? Maybe you’re thinking they tried to knock down the wasp nest that was hanging from the eaves of their home. Or perhaps you know that wasps can build their nests in the ground and you’re thinking they tried to fill in the hole. Both of these thoughts are not what was displayed in the video and their attempt was a bit more drastic. They tried to get rid of wasps by using gasoline! Yikes!
First things first, using gasoline for anything besides running your car or mower could be a recipe for disaster. This method is not effective in killing wasps and it poses significant risks to both you and your property. Gasoline is highly flammable and can lead to fires and explosions if not handled with extreme caution. Additionally, dousing wasp nests with gasoline releases fumes that can harm you, your family, and your pets, not to mention the potential damage it can cause to the environment.
One thing to remember with stinging insects is that they are persnickety pests and the reason they’ve made their home on your property is because something attracted them there to begin with. Easy accessibility to food and shelter is the most likely thing. So, while gasoline might technically be effective, but way too dangerous, you have to address the root of the wasp infestation or they’ll just rebuild. Here are a few things to do to help prevent wasps and wasp stings:
Reduce food sources by keeping trash in covered containers, clean your grill after cooking and be cautious with open drink containers, like soda. Wasps will crawl into the containers and if you don’t notice, you could get a painful sting.
Protect your home by inspecting for gaps around plumbing or wiring conduits. Seal any gaps you find. Also, check door and window screens for tears or holes.
To prevent stings, personal protection is important. Don’t wear brightly colored or floral-printed clothing. Avoid perfume and colognes when outside, the scent attracts wasps and other stinging insects. Another thing to remember is if a wasp comes near you, don’t swat at it. Move away slowly and steadily.
Even with the best laid plans and precautions, wasps and other stinging insects can still make their way onto your property. Pest control for stinging insects is best left to the professionals, even for the most avid DIY-er. All-American Pest Control is ready to help with wasp nest removal in Nashville and the surrounding communities. We offer yard treatments that will provide you with a customized treatment for your property that treats for stinging insects, fleas, ticks, chiggers and fire ants.
Don’t take matters into your own hands. Don’t turn to Tik Tok for possible pest control solutions. Contact us today and let us help you with all your home pest control needs.