One of the most common calls for commercial pest control services in Waterloo is wasp removal and prevention. The summer brings swarms of aggressive, stinging insects.
Wasps and people have a ceremonial summer dance. People swat and wave their arms while running in circles, and wasps retreat and attack, retreat and attack. There is something rhythmic to the interaction, but it is not fun and can be dangerous, especially for those allergic to stings.
Commercial properties can lose customers to insects. Patios become targets for wasps because they provide a predictable food source. If wasps nest nearby, the problem becomes tenfold, which is why businesses need to contact pest control services at the first sign of a nest. Companies can also reduce the risks of a nest by implementing maintenance strategies.
1. Reduce Spillage
Commercial properties have a lot of trash. Too often, employees removing waste from the property either drag the bags or make them too heavy. Dragging and overstuffing trash bags can make them vulnerable to tearing or leaking. Wasps and other insects appreciate spillage because it is a free meal.
To reduce spillage, managers must instruct staff to double bag trash and ensure it is light enough for carrying. Also, do not throw bags into dumpsters. Throwing can cause the bag to catch metal or other items, causing snagging and breaking of the bag, resulting in spillage.
2. Keep Dumpsters Clean
Outdoor trash receptacles, including dumpsters, require routine cleaning. Empty and clean standard trash cans at least once a day. You should also clean dumpsters regularly. Spray down an empty dumpster to reduce odours and keep the inside clean.
Your building’s sticky and smelly trash attracts wasps and other insects. Keeping trash bins clean and smelling fresh is an excellent way to reduce the risks of nesting wasps.
You want to ensure that any evidence of sweet liquids or foods is cleared away. Wasps search for food early in the morning, so you will want to clean up at the end of each day.
3. Clean Up Outdoor Food and Drinks Right Away
Time is not your friend with spills or leftover food. Wasps and other insects are constantly on the prowl for a fulfilling meal. Sweets are the preferred food because of their sugar content.
Maintenance staff is your best defence against infestations. The team must clean up after patrons as quickly as possible. If someone spills a drink, the staff should be at the table with a towel and cleaning solution in less than a minute.
The longer spills or food sit out, the more likely they are to attract insects, including the stinging kind. A quick-acting staff can help remove any sugary temptations before they become problematic.
4. Contact a Professional To Remove Nests
Never remove a wasp’s nest on your own. Only experienced pest control professionals should attempt nest removal.
Nest sizes and shapes vary by species but generally look pretty drab. The nests are usually a greyish colour, ball-shaped, and uneven. An active nest is dangerous. Wasps are aggressive and will defend their home like any other animal.
Professionals have the right tools and experience to handle nest removals safely. People who attempt DIY removals usually get stung. Removing a nest is even more dangerous and potentially life-threatening if you are unsure of any existing allergies.
If you notice an increase in wasp activity around your commercial property, contact wasp removal services from Truly Nolen in Waterloo. The company will send certified technicians to assess your property and propose solutions. Also, the technicians will plan to remove problem nests as quickly as possible to minimize the risks to your clients and business.