When wasps decide to settle on your property, it can be a hassle to eliminate them. Before you charge at them with a can of wasp repellent, gaining an understanding of what promotes wasps to nest is a great way to prevent them for summers to come. Follow this list of tips on how to practice proper wasp control to keep them away from you and your home.
Seal Up Entry Points
We may imagine nests as being built out in natural areas such as trees, and sometimes they are, but wasps generally seek out cool, dry places with low traffic to build their homes. Sometimes this translates to cracks in the foundation of homes, under awnings and eaves, inside of vents, sheds, and other detached structures. You can prevent wasps from invading these spaces by sealing off entry points wherever possible. Windows, doors, and vents, even when closed, may have some minor damage or installation flaw that allows a wasp just enough room to get inside and do their work. Take a look around your home and seek out any of these hidden entry points.
Wasps hunt for their food, meaning they will venture out in search of a source to feed on, usually protein or sugar. Once they’ve found one, they’ll keep coming back until it’s depleted, and sometimes even after. If they like what they find, they could make a nest nearby. Keep potential food sources locked up so wasps do not detect them. This is especially true during picnic and cookout season. Be sure to bring an easily sealed disposal and storage solution with you.
Consider Your Wardrobe
It sounds silly, but it’s true: what you wear could attract the attention of wasps. If this happens, odds are that you will be having an unpleasant summer day. Because wasps are often either seeking shelter or looking for food, they are on the lookout for bright colors, like those in flowers. Black or darkly colored clothing will serve you better if you want to go undetected. Similarly, colognes and perfumes could get wasps on your trail.
Reconsider Wasp Traps
Despite how they are often advertised, most wasp traps are only effective against specific types of wasps. Carefully read the packaging and instructions before getting your hopes up. However, unless you know the type of wasp you’re dealing with, traps could be a gamble anyway.
Get Protective Gear
We don’t recommend people taking on wasp pest control themselves because it can be a very painful experience, even if everything goes according to plan. But if you choose to do so, be smart: get clothes and gear that will cover you completely so that you don’t leave yourself exposed. If even one wasp finds a way to attack you, the rest will soon follow suit
Call the Pros
Whether you’re dealing with a full-fledged nest or just want an assessment on how to safeguard your property from any future invasions, reach out to Exclusive Pest Patrol. We know all the ins and outs to manage pest control safely and effectively!