Why Wasps Are Attracted to Your Home

Don’t get stung by pesky wasp and hornet problems this fall. One highly rated provider shares four tips to keep wasps and hornets away from your home.


As the summer months come to an end and fall arrives, a different set of bugs become active and may be joining you for the season’s last barbeques: wasps. Wasps are buzzing in an out of yards and forming nests in any opportune spots your home might provide. Many people are allergic to bees and/or wasps, or just plain don’t want to be stung, so the time has come to know your enemy and figure out ways to avoid them.

How to keep wasps away

Step 1. Remove unwanted food and cover trashcans – First things first, remove anything the wasps might be attracted to. This includes leftover picnic food or pet food and tightly sealing your trashcans. Nectar and bird food may also attract wasps, so think about removing those things as well. Remember, sweet things attract wasps from all around and that includes sweet perfumes and lotions.

Step 2. Maintain home fixtures and structure – Take a walk around your home and check for any areas that may need repair. Broken panels or siding, gaps in soffits and other crevices are perfect homes for a potential wasp nest. Make sure windows, doors, and screens are all in working order so that no unwanted creature flies in. Do a yard check and search for any rodent holes or potential burrows for wasps to make a home in. If they’re unoccupied, and sometimes even if they are, fill the hole with dirt or debris.

Step 3. Use wasp decoys  – You can purchase a decorative wasp decoy from a garden or home improvement store. Paper wasps are territorial and tend not to build a nest within 200 feet of another nest, so a couple of decoys on either side of the house should deter any from moving in.

Step 4. Deploy wasp traps – These can be purchased from a garden or home improvement store, but you can also easily make one if you have: a two-liter bottle, sweet liquid (perhaps Mt Dew or similar), and some masking or duct tape. Take the bottle, cut about a fourth of the bottle from the top off and flip it over. Set that top portion within the bottom portion so that there is a pathway leading through the small opening of the bottle down to the bottom. Pour about an inch of a sweet liquid into it, and set it next to an area that you know is active for yellow jackets. It’s only the beginning of the wasp season, so it’s best to be proactive and start deterring wasps now before you have to call a pest control professional.

 

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Make Your Home Termite Proof

Worried about termites entering your home? Before you call your local termite control specialist, there are ways for you to prevent any potential invasion from happening in your household. Here are ways to termite proof your house.

Let’s get on the to the ways you could prevent them from entering your home in order to protect your humble abode and spend less time calling your pest control operator.

Keep Moisture Away from Wood

Get rid of any standing water around the perimeter of your home immediately. If you notice chronically moist soil within your area, find out why this certain spot is always damp and fix it. Termites are generally attracted to moist soil and damp areas are perfect conditions for them to survive. Indoors, make sure to keep any wooden pieces’ dry at all times. You never know when a termite swarmer might slip into your home. It’s important to make your home inhabitable for termites by keeping moisture away from the wood.

 

Store Cardboard and Wooden Boxes Properly

Take note that cardboard contains cellulose, a plant-based substance which termites feed on for nutrition and to survive. You may have some cardboard or wooden boxes stored in places around your house which you don’t regularly inspect. It may come as a surprise but termites, especially dry wood termites, can start nesting on cardboard and work their way to wooden parts of your home.

 

Fix All Water Leaks and Cracks

Water leaks could be an open invitation for termites to infest your home. Knowing that they thrive in moist environments, it’s important to fix any form of leaking water around your home.
If you have any leak problems in your house, have your home inspected. A home inspection is always the first step of termite control. Acting with haste is essential to prevent any potential invasion. Once you’ve fixed water leaks in your home, thoroughly clean the damp areas and ensure that they are kept dry. It wouldn’t hurt to visit those areas again.

 

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The Difference Between Wasps and Bees

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Wasps

Many have fallen victim to what they think is the bee sting – they’re out on a picnic in a park somewhere, having a lovely time, trying to ignore the incessant buzz of insects around when suddenly one lands on them and they immediately feel a burning, stinging sensation.

They may look up in indignation to see a yellow and black creature hurriedly fly away in retreat and think it’s a bee – but in truth, it may have actually been their more aggressive lookalike, the wasp.

There are plenty of innocent bees out there blamed for someone’s angry welt on their skin – it’s because the two, at least in appearance, are very similar.

They belong to the same insect order, Hymenoptera. While there are over a hundred thousand species of wasps, it’s the common yellow jacket that gets mistaken for a honey bee a lot of times. Very much like honey bees, they have yellow and black stripes. But where honey bees have a more dulled, and furrier-looking color, wasps have a more vibrant yellow, and they look shinier, with only a few sprouts of hair near their heads and back. Wasps look thinner and longer, while bees are shorter and generally look fluffier.

Bees

While bees are also territorial, they’re much less aggressive than wasps. Wasps are known to chase their prey or victim hundreds of yards, and they also sting multiple times while male bees don’t sting and female bees can only sting once because when they do, their stinger gets ripped off their bodies and is left embedded in whatever it is they stung.

Bees

When out in the wild, honey bees primarily concern themselves with finding nectar sources, while it was the wasp that probably may have espied your picnic and thought, get off my lawn.

Bees create their nests out of wax, and they typically build their hives in places protected from the elements like trees and hollow walls. Wasps do not have wax-producing glands, so they make their nests by chewing wood into a pulp which they then stick together with saliva, and similar to bees, they build these nests in trees, hollow walls, but also in the ground.

When they build these nests in your home, they don’t cause any structural damage – wood would have already been hollow when they slipped in through cracks – but when they leave, any residue left behind can damage drywall and insulation, and if you don’t seal off these entry points, you risk another colony moving in.

 

Contributed by: Watchdog Pest Control – Foremost Experts in Bugs and Pest control Management.

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