Swarming is a behavior pattern many insects take part in. But different insects swarm for different reasons and at different times. In the spring, termites
and carpenter ants
swarm in order to mate and establish new colonies. Locusts swarm during the summer to feed ravenously on the crops produced during that time of year. However, wasps
don't have a swarming season and can swarm any time of the year. But if we were to assign them a swarming season, it would be fall. Here's why:
When wasps swarm, it is usually to protect their nests from danger. If you get too close to a nest, they may think you're a danger to them. This will have them pouring out of the eaves of your home, streaming out of a hole in the ground, flooding out of a piece of furniture in storage, or emerging from some other nest location. And it will have you running in a panic to get away from them. This nest-protecting instinct can be a serious threat in fall as fall is the time of year when wasp nests are nearing their max populations.
Each year, the same thing happens. Throughout the year, wasps create their nests and begin growing their populations. By the time fall season rolls around, those wasps have had all year to reproduce and grow their populations and their young have had time to mature into adults. These adults travel to and from their nests as they go about their duties. And each time they leave or return to the nest, there is the possibility that they could run into you. This might be while you're in the garden tending to your veggies or when you're mowing your lawn. It could be when you’re taking your dog out for a walk or going out to check the mailbox. There are many ways it can happen. And the chances of it happening are increased in fall simply because there are more wasps buzzing around.
Another thing that happens in the fall is that some wasp nests get ready to die. Throughout the late summer and fall months, all of the males wasps work hard to ensure that the newly hatched queens are fattened up enough to make it through winter and that those queens leave their nests of origin and search for a place to overwinter. This might be in a hole, under the bark of a tree, inside a log, or under the siding of your home. Those queens will squeeze into any gap or hole that will keep them protected during their winter dormancy. Then, when winter arrives, the males members of the nest die off and the cycle is primed to begin again in the spring. During this repopulation process, the wasps will be especially aggressive toward any perceived threat as they work diligently to ensure the survival of their species. This increases the likelihood of an unwanted encounter with aggressive wasps in the fall.
Since wasps are more plentiful and aggressive in fall, this is the perfect time of year to have a pest control professional perform a detailed inspection of your yard and address any issues they find. It is also a great time to invest in ongoing residential pest service
. Wasps aren't the only pests that can harm you, your family, and your pets this time of year. There are many other pests that become a problem, and even a danger, in the fall. Cockroaches
passively transport harmful microbes on their bodies and are vectors for over 33 kinds of bacterial illness. Houseflies
are strongly suspected of transmitting at least 65 human pathogens. Rodents
can chew their way into your home, spread disease-causing droppings and urine everywhere, and even cause a fire hazard if they chew on the electrical wiring in our home. In addition, those rodents can bring ticks
in which are linked to serious human pathogens that can have lifelong medical implications. And these aren't rare pests, like the occasional appearance of a snake or scorpion
. These are all common, everyday pests that you need to be on the lookout for and protect your home from. No Texas home should be without pest protection!
The greatest benefit of a year-round pest control plan is that you don't have to think about it. Life can get busy and it is easy to forget to do routine checks around your home. And this can lead to unexpected encounters with stinging insects and unwanted invasions from a myriad of insects, rodents, and wildlife pests. With routine pest control inspections from an experienced professional, you can put pest control right out of your mind and focus on the day-to-day things you need to take care of.
If you need assistance with wasp control or need residential pest control services for your North Texas home, the professionals at Adams Exterminating can help! Here is a great place to start