With kids home from school and the sun shining, summer tends to bring everyone outdoors more often. Unfortunately, summer is also prime time for stinging insects like wasps, hornets, and yellowjackets. Nothing spoils a beautiful summer day like the sudden, unexpected pain of a stinger.
At ABC Home & Commercial Services, we know all the best tactics for getting rid of unwanted insects of any kind. Here are our top tips for getting rid of wasps for summer fun.
Before you have to tackle nasty nests or use any heavy duty poisons, sometimes you can prevent an influx of wasps and control their population. Here are some measures you can take to begin planning before wasps overtake your yard
1. Determine the type of wasp.
This is important, because different species of wasps have different behavior patterns. There are more than 30,000 different types of wasps that fall into one of two categories: social wasps, who live in colonies and built nests, or solitary wasps, who dig holes in the ground and bury their eggs inside. Knowing which type you have in you yard will help you better strategize about how to get rid of them. Some common wasp types include yellow jackets, hornets, paper wasps, red wasps, cicada killers, and mud daubers. It is important to note that if you have traditional bees colonizing in your yard, it is much better to call a bee keeper to collect them instead of eradicating them. Bee populations are rapidly declining, and they are essential to the earth’s ecosystems.
2. Remove temptation.
Keeping wasps away form your house is easier if there are less potential food sources nearby. Be careful where you place your garbage or compost. Make sure not to leave any food or wrappers outside after outdoor gatherings. Plant flowers towards the edges of your yard’s perimeter instead of right next to doorways and paths to your home. Although it is difficult to deter wasps using plants, planting some wormwood beside your house might encourage them to nest somewhere else.
3. Stop nests in their tracks.
If you notice that wasps are starting to build a nest somewhere in your yard, spray some household cleaner on the nest materials. If you see any wasps flying around, spray them with the cleaner as well. This will discourage them from considering your yard to be a safe environment, and they will likely fly off to build a news somewhere else. For the next season, hang up a fake nest early on to trick them into thinking the territory in your yard has already been claimed by another colony.
Getting Rid of Wasps
If wasps have already overtaken your yard with nests and they seem to be everywhere, it is not too late to kick them out. Here are some options for reducing the wasp populations in your yard.
Place fruit inside a container that the wasps can crawl inside, but cannot escape. Check out this tutorial for a trap made out of an empty 2-liter bottle. Make sure to set multiple traps and position them away from your house.
If wasps become numerous and aggressive, it might become impossible to coexist with them or wait for them to fall into a trap. Wear clothes that completely cover your body and choose a time in the cool early morning to spray a wasp nest with poison. Stand as far away from the nest as possible, and cover the entire surface in poison generously. Do NOT try to knock a full sized nest down, or you will risk dozens of painful stings. Leave entrances and exits open so that wasps who aren’t inside will return and come in contact with the poison too. Unlike the nests of other types of ground burrowing insects, wasp nests in the earth can not be destroyed with boiling water because they tunnel so much deeper than ants or other creatures.
We hope these tips will help you with getting rid of wasps for your summer of fun! If you have any questions about wasp removal or think you may need professional assistance with aggressive stinging insects, call us at ABC Pest.
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