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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