The sound of a wasp never fails to stir up a bit of fear. We are quick to associate their foreboding buzz with a painful sting. And in the summer months, we tend to take special precautions. However, there are a few things you ought to know about these flying, yellow creatures! They are not as fearsome or malevolent as you might initially guess.
Wasps, which include yellow jackets and hornets, have one key difference from bees. While bees feed their larvae with pollen, wasps use other insects. This makes them a great ally to your garden as they rid your plants from pests. Some farmers even use them as a tool to protect their crops. Wasps pollinate as well, though not to the extent of bees. So, if you like your fruits and vegetables, and perhaps some flowers, you might consider showing your gratitude toward wasps.
Although wasps are pretty great in a lot of ways, you’ll likely want to keep your distance. After all, they do sting every once in a while. So how can you avoid them from getting a little too close for comfort? Check out these preventative measures as well as some eco-friendly ways of ridding wasps from your outdoor space.
- Make sure that your outdoor trash cans are clean and that their lids are tightly sealed. Also, consider your compost pile. If you notice this causing incessant swarms of troublesome bugs like wasps, you might think about moving this indoors.
- Sweep regularly to keep yard debris and leaves to a minimum. This will help reduce bugs and consequently keep wasps from hanging around.
- Prune your bushes and trees. This involves cutting away dead flowers and leaves in order to help your plants grow and reduce the rotting smell.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water, including that from bird baths, rain gutters, animal dishes, and other items that could collect water.
- If you see new nests forming in high-traffic areas where you are likely to be stung, you might consider removing it. You can spray these nests with some sort of pyrethrin wasp spray and then knock it down.
- Involve basic sanitation around your lawn. Eliminate an excessive number of bugs by keeping things clean. This will help with all sorts of pests.
Methods of getting rid of wasps:
- Essential oils can be a great eco-friendly way to keep away the wasps. One combination that is found to be particularly effective includes cloves, geranium, and lemongrass. You can mix several drops of each with water and dish soap in a spray bottle to use on trouble areas.
- Soap and water are a simple yet effective method. Just add two tablespoons of dish soap into a spray bottle of water to treat wasp infestations.
- Wasp traps are a great choice as they can have a dual purpose as patio decor! They work by attracting wasps inside of the trap but then keeping them stuck inside. Be strategic where you hang these, however. Make sure that it is kept at a distance from your highly used outdoor spaces as wasps are initially enticed to come toward the trap. Don’t let this tool trick you into encountering even more wasps!
This time of year is prime wasp season. So be sure to consider this bug’s necessity while keeping a safe distance. Don’t let a painful sting and perhaps allergic reaction ruin your summer day! And if your home remedies fail to protect you and your guests, call on us at Pete’s Termite and Pest Control for your most effective solution!