Most species of wasps are less friendly than bees, and their stings are typically more painful. Unfortunately, these uncommonly large insects can be difficult to get rid of once they decide to build a nest in or around your home. Knowing how to discourage wasps from swarming or building a home in the first place can be key to preserving your safety, property, and peace of mind.
Here are a few wasp prevention tips to keep in mind that can help keep your property wasp-free the whole year. When removing a wasp infestation, there is no substitute for help from qualified and skilled pest control experts like the team at Ready Pest Control.
Wasps, like any living creature, want to live somewhere they can easily access food. A substantial part of wasp prevention is making sure these insects do not find anything to eat on your property. If you grow plants that produce berries or fruit, trim them regularly and clean up fallen fruit before it has the chance to rot and attract pests.
You should also try to keep some distance between your home and outdoor features like bird feeders. If you have pets in your home, you should secure their food in sealed plastic containers. Perhaps most importantly, keep your trash can and compost piles covered. While you might not think of your garbage as a source of food, wasps are anything but picky eaters and will flock to uncovered waste.
If wasps find a way inside your home, they may decide to nest in a dark corner of your attic or inside the crawlspaces of your walls. Finding and closing cracks in your foundation, siding, and baseboards is key to a successful wasp prevention strategy. Since some species of wasps prefer to nest underground, it can also be helpful to fill in any holes you find in your front or back yard.
There is no shortage of homemade remedies that are supposedly meant to prevent wasps in an environmentally friendly way. Unfortunately, many of these natural pest control substances do not work as well as they are advertised. That said, there are certain plant species that wasps tend not to like, including geraniums, mint, basil, and wormwood. While these plants may not be enough to prevent an infestation, they may help keep wasps away from porches or outdoor seating areas.
Wasps become especially active during the summer months, and you may not always remember to cover your trash or immediately seal damage in your walls. Even if you take every step to prevent wasps from settling near or inside your home, these insects may still find their way onto your property. If you find an active wasp’s nest or notice signs of an infestation, you should seek help as soon as possible from knowledgeable pest control professionals.
Ready Pest Control could provide the custom-tailored solutions you need to get rid of your wasp problem and ensure it stays solved. Call today to learn more about our wasp prevention and control services.