The good thing for those who encounter a paper wasp inside the home during the winter months is that the pests are usually sluggish and can be easily removed. However, if a large population is discovered, it’s best to contact a licensed pest control professional for safe removal. While not an aggressive species by nature, paper wasps will sting if they are disturbed or feel threatened. Wasp stings are painful and may result in an allergic reaction for those sensitive to insect stings.
The key to keeping paper wasps from moving indoors – not just over the winter but throughout the year – is to identify and seal all openings that lead to the outside of the home. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends using a silicone-based caulk, steel wool, or a combination of both to fill cracks and larger holes in the home’s foundation. Homeowners should pay special attention to porch ceilings, around roof eaves, soffits, attic rafters, windows and doorframes, as these are places where paper wasps congregate. It’s also a good idea to work with a licensed pest control professional to conduct an outside preventive treatment before the cool weather rolls in.
By: Pest World