Nothing can ruin your outdoor fun like a wasp sting. At the very least, they’re inconvenient and painful. For those with allergies, they have the potential to cause real life-threatening emergencies. Unfortunately, wasps love to build their nests in the cracks, crevices and eaves of our houses. This can make it difficult to sit on your porch or even use your door! So, how can you stop wasps from building their nests near your home? Here are some tips to remember:
Remove Food Sources
The thing to remember is that wasps aren’t there randomly. They have chosen a spot near your house, in part, because they are finding a plentiful source of food. Wasps will eat just about anything fruit and veggie-related, even if it’s overripe or rotten. If you leave fruit out on the back porch, for example, or you have kids who have the habit of leaving half-eaten food lying around while they play, this is a huge attractor for wasps.
You might not want to hear it, but hummingbird feeders also attract wasps due to the sweet smell of the sugary water in them. Consider moving your feeders farther away from the house.
Cover Up Trash
Even if you have nothing out for wasps to find and forage on, there’s still a chance they’re finding food in your garbage. We might think the rotting smell of old food is disgusting, but to a wasp, it just smells like an endless buffet of delicious treats. Make sure the trash can lids are on tight and your can have no holes in them at all. Remember that wasps can squeeze through some very tiny openings!
Seal The Cracks
Speaking of tiny openings, if wasps are getting into your porch or attic, there’s probably some small cracks you don’t know about. Go through with a caulk gun and find any possible opening you can to seal.
Did you know there are some plants that naturally repel wasps? Wormwood, geraniums, marigolds and basil are just a few examples of plants that have odors that wasps – along with many other pests – find to be repulsive. Planting these can create a natural barrier that protects your home from infestations.
No one wants their home or yard ruined by wasps and other painful visitors. Use these tips to help keep your home safe. However, there’s only so much you can do on your own. When you need help, more advice or a more thorough examination, it’s time to bring in professionals like us. Contact us at Alvin Pest Control to set up an appointment today!