Spring means the return of outdoor events and backyard BBQs. But it also means the return of a certain pesky winged insect that I think we can all agreed we’d be happier without… Wasps! Enjoying a piece of fruit in the backyard now means being prepared to shoo away those buggers and watching for nests to appear so we can proactively get rid of them. There are a few things you can do to prevent them from building a nest though. We’ll go over some of those options here, and cover a couple ways you can keep wasps from interrupting your spring BBQ!
Discourage wasps from building a nest around your home
- Hang a fake nest – Wasps are territorial insects, so they will often avoid building a nest near where there already is one. You can buy a fake nest from the store, or you can make one using a paper bag or brown plastic bag.
- Hang a light – Wasps like the dark, so usually won’t build a nest in lit areas. A dull bulb will do, it doesn’t need to be too bright.
- Seal any cracks and cervices along the house, window wells and driveway – This helps prevent against the ground-nest-building yellow jackets. This kind is the hardest nest to deal with, so deserves diligent preventative measures.
- Remove any fallen fruit from the yard – Wasps are attracted to anything sweet, so leaving fallen fruit from any fruit trees in your yard is a direct invitation for them.
- Keep your garbage bin sealed – Wasps are drawn to the scent of garbage, so keeping your bins sealed and away from windows and doors will help prevent them from taking a liking to your property.
Keeping wasps away from your yard
- Build a wasp trap (or 3) – You can easily buy wasp traps, or you can make them almost as easily. Place a trap in a few places around the yard to draw wasps towards them, instead of you and your family.
- Use essential oils to discourage them from joining your party – Wasps are adverse to the scent of eucalyptus, menthol and citronella. Make a blend of these oils and set out infusers as décor around your gathering place.
- Keep sweet foods and drinks covered – Nothing draws wasps in more than sweet scents! Keep wasps at bay by minimizing those scents in the air.
What to do if you find a wasp nest
While you can often remove a wasp nest yourself (except for underground yellow jacket nests- those are harder and generally call for a professional), it’s generally recommended to call a wasp removal expert to remove the nest for you. If you’re allergic or afraid of wasps, you definitely don’t want to do it yourself!
Remember, if you’re thinking about using pesticides, be careful to use them safely!
If you find a nest on your property, the first thing you want to do is locate the entrance to it. Then, steer clear! The basic job of a wasp is to protect its queen, and they can be very aggressive in doing so. You don’t want to make them angry by getting to close or trying to take the nest down incorrectly.
Clear your yard of wasps this summer
Wasps are pesky insects, and the last thing you want to find living in your yard or around your home Thankfully there are a few things you can do to try to prevent them from staking claim to your space. If you do find a nest, you can always call a professional to help you post the eviction notice!
Want more tips on wasps? Check out our other wasp posts for more tips!