I live east of Dallas, TX. There are dark red wasps in the grass right outside my back door. Two of our dogs and one person have stepped on them and been stung. We just put in a pool and they are all in the grass and in the dirt where the grass hasn’t had time to grow back. Please let me know what I can do that is safe for dogs and kids. Thanks.
If you read our DIGGER WASP article, you’ll learn more about this pest and how to treat but the following is a short overview of what will work.
The most direct approach is to dust all the holes you see with DRIONE. This dust is fast working and will kill active wasps using the nest and any developing young inside. Use a HAND DUSTER to make the application.
Digger Wasps: http://www.bugspray.com/articles99/diggerwasps.html
Once dusted and the problem is gone, use CYONARA RTS to spray the entire yard every 1-2 months so more don’t come around and nest.
Lastly, are you seeing wasps “dipping” into the pool? This activity is when they’re seen flying low to the pool water surface as if they’e trying to land. When doing this, they’re actually trying to take water to use for their young, to build nests, etc. And if you have wasps doing this in your pool, you should get some KILL IT to treat your pool water. This will cause them to seek water elsewhere and in turn, decrease the likelihood of nests forming on your land.
All the treatments listed above are safe for use around children and pets; just keep them away from the area when treating but as soon as it dries, they can come back to the area and go about their regular routine with no hazard present.
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