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How to Prevent & Handle Ant & Wasp Invasions

Summertime pests can be more than annoying, they can be dangerous! Here are a few suggestions for you if you're dealing with ants or wasps this Summer.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 7:29 AM
Updated: Aug 13, 2018 8:00 AM

Chico, Calif.-- Most of us try to get indoors when the weather gets hot - well, many insects like it cool as well.

Whether they're after our water or cool air, ant invasions are something we all come to expect during a heat wave.

We all know the feeling - you walk into your kitchen and find thousands of little invaders, and they're hard to get rid of!

Eric Degarmo of Fourier Pest and Weed says ants usually enter your home in search of food or water, so make sure you don't have outside taps that drip or areas where water collects.

Rotting wood can provide the perfect spot for them to build a nest.

Be sure to remove any piles of wood lying around outdoors, and regularly check for signs of ant nests under pots and between pavement cracks.

Degarmo says pantries are also a big draw, so keep foods stored in air-tight containers.

Another big problem in the Summertime are wasps and hornets, and while we all know that honey bees are so important really to the survival of our species - their stings can be dangerous, even fatal to some people.

Bees' diets consist of two things: nectar and pollen. So, since plants wilt without water, bees are another pest that migrated in large numbers to find nourishment during the drought.

So what do we do when a hive shows up too close to home?

For honey bees, you need to call a specialist who will relocate the queen - you cannot kill them, they are a protected species.

As for wasps, you can try traps and citronella to deter them from spoiling your barbeques, but call the pros if you see a nest on or around your home.

For tips on spiders and mosquitoes, click here.

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