How can you get rid of wasps for good?
Wasps are some of the most common pests in the United States. They tend to swarm in areas where there’s a lot of food and nesting materials, like around your home or garden. In addition to being unsightly and uncomfortable, wasps can invade your home and store things they don’t need. To get rid of them for good, follow these tips: Stay away from places where wasps tend to nest. When you leave oily trash around your house for long periods, wasps will find it and start swarming around it. Avoid hanging plastic bags outside or keeping animal feeders indoors for long periods when possible. Keep pet waste contained as much as possible so that it doesn’t smell or attract animals and insects (especially wasps). If you notice a nest near your home, seal cracks around windows and doors so that the wasps can’t get inside with their eggs. Clean up outdoor spaces regularly (at least once a month) so that there are fewer hiding places for insects and rodents. If you have an active wasp nest nearby or have seen evidence that they may be building one right now, take action right away! Here’s how:
Seal cracks and openings on the ground
To keep wasps from entering your home, fill any cracks or openings around these areas with rags, caulk, or wood filler. Wasp nests can’t survive in sealed areas. If you have outdoor spaces that are adjacent to your home, like a patio or backyard, seal up open joints and cracks in these areas so that the wasps can’t get inside.
Vacuuming is one of the best wasp prevention tricks you can use. The suction from a vacuum kills many types of wasp eggs, larvae, and adults. Wasp nests are often full of pollen, pollen grains, dead insects, and other things that are vacuumed up easily. Vacuuming regularly can also help remove waste food that wasps like to feast on. Cleaning up crumbs and spills in your home, trimming bushes and trees outside, and removing leaf piles from your yard can help prevent the wasps from finding their way inside.
Remove food sources and wasp nests
If you live in an area where wasps are common, you’ll want to take action to prevent nests from forming and existing in your home. By removing potential food sources, you can prevent wasps from swarming and can reduce the number of wasps in your neighborhood. Wasps are commonly attracted to stoves, grills, outdoor sources of carbon dioxide, garages with unneeded vehicles, bird feeders, and other areas where food is present. By removing these potential food sources, you can reduce the number of wasps in your area. When wasps nest in your home, remove their nest and surrounding items. Clean the area with hot water and soap to kill any wasps that are still in the area. Seal any holes or openings in the area with caulk or wood filler to prevent new nests from forming. If you see wasps flying outside of your home, call a pest control company immediately to prevent them from building new nests.
Put up a strong, tall barrier around your home
If you live in an area with a wasp problem, a strong, tall barrier around your home can help prevent wasps from entering it. A barrier of screens or insect mesh can prevent wasps from getting inside your home in the first place. While the barrier won’t kill the wasps, it will prevent them from building nests inside your home.
Saltwater or flood the area with water to kill the nest
If you live in an area where wasps are common, you could try flooding the area with water to kill the nest. This is a quick and effective way to get rid of wasps without using insecticides. Fill a large container, like a trash can or bucket, with water. Find somewhere in your yard (or the area around your home) that’s away from trees, shrubs, or any other sources of water. Lay the container on its side so that the water comes in from the bottom. Place a rack or plate at the top of the container so that the wasps can’t get into the water.
Seal up any remaining openings and cracks
After killing the wasps inside your home and outside your yard, you’ll want to seal up any remaining openings and cracks that the wasps could come through. This is important to prevent new nests from forming. Once a nest has been destroyed, it’s important to seal all openings in your home and yard so that the wasps can’t get back in.
Wasps are a nuisance and a pain to deal with. They’re often in areas where they don’t belong, like on your porch, in your chimney, or your attic. If you spot one, don’t stand near it or try to shoo it away. Instead, call a professional. These pests are dangerous and need to be removed safely. Wasps can be dangerous because they can sting repeatedly and in large numbers. In addition to being painful, these stings can lead to an allergic reaction, infection, or even death if not treated promptly. If you see wasps swarming or building nests near your home, contact a pest control company for help.