If you live in the Toronto area, you have likely encountered one of the summer’s most annoying — and often dangerous — flying insects: the wasp. The most common wasps are yellow jackets and hornets and they can be found in great numbers in Southwestern Ontario. Wasp species are categorized as social or solitary, and as their name implies, social wasps live in colonies, which may number in the thousands. Social wasps are braver than their solitary brethren, and some social wasp species can be very aggressive and will often sting when threatened. Unlike honey bees, wasps are capable of stinging multiple times, which further adds to their aggressive dispositions. This combination of factors makes it very important to know how to deal with a wasp infestation should you encounter one.

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To prevent a wasp infestation, be sure that there are no shady, tubular, or abandoned structures on your property such as old sheds or crates. Wasps also tend to gather around opened waste bins, food containers and compost, so keep garbage bins closed and clean, and do not leave food scraps out in the open where wasps may have access to them.

If an infestation does occur, don’t jump to the conclusion that you can handle this infestation on your own. You can endanger yourself, your family, and your neighbours if you try to engage with a wasp colony without the proper equipment and training. In some cases, you may not be able to locate the site of the wasp nest, and because wasps are easily provoked, it may also prove dangerous to attempt to eliminate a large nest on your own. If you suspect an infestation, it is best to consult a pest control company to determine how best to deal with the infestation.

Here at Toronto Pest Exterminators, our experts employ a variety of effective and efficient methods to control wasps. Our integrated program includes on-site inspection, where our extermination technicians will provide a sweep of your property and inform you on what is needed to provide an effective wasp control plan. The accredited experts at Toronto Pest Exterminators will explain the specifics of the situation to you and inform you of their findings and the results not only of the initial inspection, but scheduled follow-up services as well. We offer year-round warranties and follow-up plans to keep wasps and other insects from returning. Check out our Single Pest Protection Program, which is an affordable option for pest removal that offers free follow-up service visits within the warranty period (either six months or an entire year).

If you encounter a wasp problem, trust a company in good standing with Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario (SPMAO) and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). Contact us today and speak with an experienced customer service representative who can explain the best pest control packages for your needs.