4 Tips For Dealing With a Wasp Problem

4 Tips For Dealing With a Wasp Problem

Wasp Problem

The most common household pests that residents of cities – large and small – invariably must deal with emerge in cycles and change according to the seasons and the atmospheric conditions of a given year. One year, for instance, a home may be inundated with centipedes, millipedes, and spiders, while the next year, extreme problems with carpenter ants and fruit flies can start for what seems like no reason at all – in each and every case, some kind of pest control is necessitated

There is one pest, however, that seems to be present every year: wasps. They are not only incredibly persistent, but they are extremely aggressive, territorial, destructive to homes and trees, presenting a frightening danger to children and pets – in other words, the wasp control services that are required to deal with such a problem must be performed by highly specialized experts, who are able to sufficiently cope with a rather menacing problem; indeed, massive wasp populations are difficult to control, but homeowners can take certain steps to minimize the risk of wasps nesting on their property.

1. Plan Ahead

The best way to deal with a wasp problem is by starting preventative measures early in warm seasons. Some wasps like the bald-faced hornet can hibernate through winter months. When it becomes warmer, nonetheless, the undeveloped larvae will re-animate and grow into workers; thus, DIY wasp nest removal should only be done if the nest is no bigger than a golf ball. Taking care of small nests early can minimize wasp populations over the course of a season. It’s best to use organic sprays and powders; if there are no adult wasps present, “squishing” a nest is also effective.

2. Be Mindful Of Food And Wasp Preferences

Unlike honey bees, wasps are not attracted to pollens. They are quite omnivorous, and constantly searching for sugar and protein sources. Though it is fun to have events like barbeques and picnics, minimizing the amount of food exposed outdoors is essential. This is especially important for raw and cooked meats, alike. Wasps are also constantly looking for water supplies. Lessening the amount of standing water in a yard is incredibly effective; birdbaths, rainwater barrels, and other things that can act as a reservoir ought to be removed if one is to ensure wasp-prevention.

3. Consider Spots Where Nests Are A Possibility

Wasps are also opportunists when it comes to finding suitable locations to build a nest. One of the most common places wasps will start a nest is underneath loose house siding. Even if a siding strip is pulled away from the wall only a few centimeters, wasps will move in. In the spring, take time to inspect and repair all loose siding and other home features that wasps can creep into.

4. Hire A Professional – Easily And Quickly

Most wasp infestations are too risky for homeowners to handle on their own. In these cases, an excellent and reputable wasp nest removal service should be hired. These companies use environmentally safe and diverse methods of removing nests, while educating homeowners about preventing further infestations.

The best pest-control companies in the Greater Toronto Area, for instance, employ technicians who are rigorously vetted and fully licensed by Ontario’s Ministry of Environment; additionally, they must possess up-to-date extermination cards. Exterminators, additionally, ought to provide full-service inspections, extractions, and follow-up checks for the entire year – dedication isn’t just a benefit, it’s a necessity. They will also offer free quotes over the phone for homeowners with an emergency wasp problem. The surest way to deal with a problem like wasps, is, of course, to let professional exterminators do the job correctly the first time.

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20 Of The Coolest Animal Species In The World

Animals that almost seem imaginary.

The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon . I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.

2. Okapi

The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.

3. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"

These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.

4. The Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).

5. Fossa

The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.

6. Japanese Spider Crab

As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.

7. Pacu Fish

Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.

8. Slow Loris

The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.

9. Angora Rabbit

These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.

10. Axolotl

The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.

11. Liger

The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.

12. Bearded Vulture

I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.

13. Goblin Shark

This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.

14. Red Panda

This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.

15. Blobfish

This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.

16. Leaf Deer

The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.

17. Tiger

While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.

18. Narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.

19. Cheetah

Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.

And finally....

20. Superb Bird of Paradise

This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.

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The Mockingbird Calls

Nature knows just what we need.


I awoke from a long afternoon nap. My husband was still sleeping. The golden evening light was shining through the window, beckoning me outside. All day I had been stressed and in pain; it had not been an easy week, but somehow on those hardest days, nature calls you outside. I couldn't resist. I grabbed my phone hoping to snap a few shots of the sunset before the sun dropped behind the houses in our neighborhood. I slipped my sandals on. Neighbors were outside chatting and walking their dogs.

The humid Florida air embraced me. I smiled at its warmth. The sun was golden sitting just above the houses across the street. It illuminated the trees giving everything this serene feeling. The palm trees were a silhouette against the sky. Paradise. It was too beautiful; I had to get a closer look without bushes or trees in the way, so I stepped out onto the sidewalk leaving my pain behind and began walking down the sidewalk.

That's when I heard the bird's song, sets of chirps each completely different from the last. Chirp-chirp, cricket-cricket, whistle, dozens of different musical sounds were coming out of one little bird. I knew immediately it was a mockingbird and looked around to try to spot it.

It didn't take long. The bird was standing at the very top branch of a bare 20-foot tree singing towards the setting sun. Its gray-brown feathers glowed in the sunlight. The little bird puffed out its chest, proudly singing louder than any creature its size should be able to. This little bird could fit in the palm of my hand, and its calls were echoing down the street.

I crept closer sneaking around the bushes to get a better look. I had never had such a straight view of a mockingbird. It did not fly away or seem to care that I was there. Singing his song was the most important thing to him.

I stood there watching and listening to its beautiful song and for a moment forgot all my pain and worries. It all faded in the simplistic beauty of the moment of this bird's magnificent song. The sun dipped below the houses. The little puffy clouds became pink. I determined to watch the bird for a moment longer hoping to learn more about this wonderful bird. Why was it singing? Was it just happy the sun was going down? Was it seeking to impress a mate?

As I continued watching, across the street, 100 feet away, another mockingbird began to sing back. It sang its unique song brilliantly composed. The birds did not fly to each other, but they heard one another's songs and proudly sang on their perches. I still have a lot to learn about mockingbirds, but it was amazing seeing two mockingbirds singing out their songs to one another.

I walked the sidewalk back to my house the wind rustled through the palm branches. I returned grateful I had ventured outside despite my pain. The sunset, the mockingbird, the beauty, it was all worth it. I inhaled a new sense of peace and warmth.

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Corrinne Brubaker

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