PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 33

Q:
A:

How do I get rid of ground-nesting
wasps?

Several species of solitary and social
wasps nest below ground. An effective control program for this type of pest is
based on the wasp's behavior and nesting
habits, which can differ greatly by species. So,
your first step will be to identify what species
of wasp you are dealing with.
Social wasps, such as yellowjackets, may
construct large underground nests that they
will defend aggressively. Therefore, personal
protective equipment should be worn before
attempting any treatment. Ground nests can
be treated with an appropriately labeled insecticide dust. Following treatment, the burrow
opening should be left open so that returning
workers can enter the nest and contact the
dust. Additional treatments may be necessary
if multiple nest entrances are found. Keep in
mind that these wasps will be highly agitated
following treatment, so be sure to inform your
client that they should not allow people or pets
near the nests for a few days.
Solitary wasps including digger wasps and
cicada killers can also be treated using a similarly labeled dust. After treatment, the burrows
of digger wasps can be closed with soil, but
entrances should remain open for cicada killer
wasps. It is not uncommon for multiple solitary
wasps to nest in one area. This is often because
the site contains the right moisture and soil
to provide ideal nesting conditions for these
wasps, which means they will likely return year
after year. Treating individual burrows may
provide an effective short-term solution, but
changing the soil conditions may be necessary
to for long-term relief.

Q:

Pollinator health is important to
my company and my customers.
What can I do to provide exterior pest protection while still protecting these important insects?

A:

The National Pest Management
Association understands the importance of pollinators to our food supply and
the environment. To better protect pollinators
and improve pesticide stewardship, NPMA has
developed a set of best management practices
to provide guidance to pest management professionals to minimize incidental effects on
honey bees and pollinators around structures.
A summary of these BMPs is provided here,
but the actual pollinator protection BMPs and
other pollinator protection information can be
found at: www.pollinatorfacts.org.

820047_Technicide.indd 1

First, familiarize yourself with pollinatoractive plants in your area. Second, do not
make insecticide applications to flowers or
foliage of blooming plants. Always use caution
while making applications if managed hives
are nearby or when bees are foraging near an
application side. Be aware of environmental
conditions before, during and after treatment
to keep insecticides where you intend to apply
them. Lastly, pesticide applications may be
necessary to eliminate feral bee colonies when
they pose a threat to human health or property. But, when reasonable, relocate or remove
colonies or swarms if no insecticidal treatments
have been made. ●

PESTWORLD > JULY | AUGUST 2017 | 33
15/07/16 11:44 pm


http://www.pollinatorfacts.org http://www.technicide.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PestWorld - July/August 2017

Cultivating Confidence
Boost Your Bottom Line
Staffing Challenges as a Pest Management Business Grows
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
How to Fire an Employee Legally and Fairly
President’s Message
Standards: Calibrating Your Business Operations
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Intro
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 1
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 2
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 3
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 4
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 5
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 6
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 7
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 9
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Cultivating Confidence
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 11
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 12
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 13
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Boost Your Bottom Line
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 15
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Staffing Challenges as a Pest Management Business Grows
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 17
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 18
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 19
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 21
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 22
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 23
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Standards: Calibrating Your Business Operations
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 25
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 26
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 27
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - How to Fire an Employee Legally and Fairly
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 29
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 30
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 31
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 32
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 33
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 34
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 35
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 36
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0418
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0318
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0218
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0118
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0617
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAG0017
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0517
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0417
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0317
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0217
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0117
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0616
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAG0016
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0516
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NPMAS/NPMAS0416
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com