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Tips to Eliminate Wasps

Queen wasps start coming out during the spring to make nests. In late summer and early fall, wasps become aggressive as the queens become less active and stop laying eggs. That’s when the biggest problems with wasps turn up. They’ve been known to dive-bomb into soda cans, raid barbecue parties, and sting up a storm.

Although wasps can sometimes be beneficial by eating pests like caterpillars and grasshoppers that eat away at your garden, wasps can be dangerous. No one wants to get stung, but especially if you’re allergic, wasp stings can cause huge problems.

If you’re trying to get rid of wasps from your yard or garden, here are some tips to help you eliminate them and avoid the problems they cause.

Prevention

Sometimes the best treatments for a pest are by preventing them from coming around in the first place. Here are a few things any homeowner can do to keep wasps from coming by.

Set up a wasp decoy, which is a fake wasp nest. Wasps are territorial and will try to avoid the new nest by nesting elsewhere. You can buy decoys online or make one yourself by getting a white paper lunch bag and making a black dot on one corner with a marker. Hang these up in all the corners of your home and anywhere wasps are a problem.

You can also reduce or eliminate their food sources by covering the garbage cans, compost piles, and any food you take outside. Some wasp species are scavengers, so they’ll go after any food, whether it’s greasy or sugary or somewhere in between.

Watch your yard for any animal burrows where yellow jackets might nest. Some wasp species, like yellow jackets, will search for places underground, while others look for a spot in a tree or the eaves. Fill groundhog burrows or other holes around your yard to keep them from digging in.

Maintain your home by replacing or repairing damaged screens, especially on the southwest side. Since that’s usually the warmest part of the house year-round, wasps might like to bask in the warmth.

Home Treatments for Wasps

Even though some wasp species, like the paper wasp, won’t nest if you put up decoys, other kinds of wasps might still come around. Yellowjackets, for example, might nest in the ground or make a nest right next to the decoys! Here are a few deterrents and remedies to help you with wasps if they come around.

Whenever you try to treat wasps on your own, always wear plenty of protective gear. Goggles, long sleeves, gloves, long pants, a hat, and a bandana or scarf are the bare minimum. If you are allergic to wasp stings, trying to get rid of wasps on your own could be deadly and is not advisable. Don’t hesitate to call the professionals for help getting rid of wasps.

Peppermint oil, clove oil, geranium, and lemongrass have been known to repel wasps, according to this study. Put one drop of oil for every 1 cup of water and mix them in a spray bottle. You can use any or all of these essential oils, but be sure it’s pure and not just an extract or else it won’t work as well. Spray in the eaves or in areas where wasps tend to come. You can spray wasps with it directly, but the solution could make them agitated enough to attack and probably won’t kill them on contact. Spray this solution on an area where you don’t want wasps to come.

There are also insecticide soaps available that work very well. You can attach a solution of grease-fighting dish soap or over-the-counter (OTC) insecticide soap to the end of a garden hose to spray a wasp nest. Stand far away from the nest to prevent getting stung. The soap should be able to kill them on contact.

There are other OTC products that you can purchase from your local hardware store or online that will help get rid of wasps. Read the label thoroughly and make sure you’re following the directions properly.

Professional Wasp Removal

You know it’s time to call the professionals if wasps have broken into the house, if you’ve done all you can to get rid of them, or if you’re allergic to wasp stings.

You’ll want to look for a professional who can not only get the job done and knows their way around wasps, but someone who cares about you and your family as well. Our Home Protection Plan covers wasps, crawling insects, and rodents, and with our Satisfaction Guarantee that comes with every Home Protection Plan, you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands.

When you call Fox, you’re joining a family that cares about you. Because No Bugs is Simply Better.

Posted on May 25, 2020.

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