How to keep wasps off your property for good!
Although wasps generally keep to themselves, these flying pests can be easily irritated. When they’re allowed to have full reign of your property, this can lead to wasp stings, especially when you have children and animals around. This is why keeping wasps off your property should always be a top priority for homeowners. Whether or not you’ve ever experienced a problem with these pests, it’s important to learn how to prevent wasps from returning to your property (or building a nest there in the first place).
Here are some simple tactics that you can follow:
Professional Nest Removal
If there’s an existing wasp nest on your property, it’s best that you don’t try to remove it yourself because this can irritate the wasps and cause them to sting you. Removing a wasp nest should always be done by professionals who have the equipment and expertise required. This is the safest and most guaranteed way to get these pests off your property.
Seal All Entry Points You Find
Wasps are relatively small and can squeeze into small holes and cracks in wood and other materials. Check your property, especially around the edges of your doors and windows, for any potential entry points. Then, depending on their size, you can seal them up with weather-stripping, spray foam, or caulk.
Check Your Yard for Any Holes
Wasps will look for holes in trees and wooden parts of your home where they can begin building a nest. To prevent wasps from returning to your property, thoroughly check your yard for any small holes that might give them a refuge. Sealing any holes you find will help deter wasps from setting up camp.
Routinely Remove Trash
Like other pests, wasps are attracted to food but are especially fond of sweet smells. Make sure that you take out the garbage from your kitchen on a regular basis. Then, properly seal the trash can outside and move it as far away from your home as possible so that there’s less chance that they’ll be led indoors if they smell any odors.
Grow Wasp-Repelling Plants
If you want your home to be wasp-free and get it to look better in one fell swoop, then you may want to grow a few types of plants that repel wasps. These flying critters hate the smell of lemongrass, thyme, spearmint, and eucalyptus. In addition to placing some of these plants around your house, you can also sprinkle essential oils such as peppermint and clove.
Use Some Spearmint Leaves
Wasps don’t really understand personal boundaries or personal property, so they will very often get inside your car when the windows are down. Since this is a confined space, they may even feel threatened and then attack you. You can avoid this by putting some spearmint leaves in your vehicle, because they hate the odor and will leave immediately.
Put Up Wasp Nest Decoys
Wasps have pretty good eyesight and can actually be fooled by a nest decoy. This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a fake nest that deters wasps from setting up their own nest. This is effective because wasps are very territorial and typically won’t build a nest in an area where they might be too close to another colony.
Avoid Any Floral Patterns
Although wasps typically search for food sources with the use of smell, their visual acuity is good enough that they can identify flowers. These insects have been known to enter homes with floral patterns on their walls or furniture. If you’ve been taking steps to prevent a wasp infestation but they still show up, this may be why.
Avoid Wearing Sweet Perfumes
Ladies, listen up! Your sweet perfume may truly enhance your physical presence, but it may also be attracting wasps. All these insects know is that there’s a sweet smell in the air and you’re the source. You can stop this from happening by avoiding sweet fragrances, especially if you’ve recently sighted a wasp flying around the property.
Always Keep an Eye Out
The trick to avoiding a wasp infestation is often quite simply to keep an eye out for them. If you spot one or two of them flying around, let everyone in your household know and then check your property for a nest. In the event that you find a nest or see a large number of wasps around, contact a professional pest control company to inspect your property and remove them, as needed.
Contact ProHealth Pest Control to Learn How to Prevent Wasps from Returning
Learning how to prevent wasps from returning isn’t very difficult, but there will be times when an infestation slips through undetected. If you need to get rid of wasps or have any type of pest problem, the professionals at ProHealth Pest Control can help. Reach out to us by calling (727) 310-0521 today to schedule a free consultation.