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JANUARY 05 2023 / PEST AND TERMITE
Wasps get a bad rap. They are similar to bees in more than just their looks -- they are important pollinators and act as population control agents for other insects. Wasps are also rarely aggressive unless they feel threatened.
While wasps have a significant ecological contribution to our world, that doesn’t mean you want them nesting on your front porch (fun fact: all yellow jackets are wasps, but not all wasps are yellow jackets!).
If you want to get rid of a wasp nest safely, here are a few things you can try.
Wasp traps are a common DIY method for wasp removal. These hanging traps are filled with a sweet liquid that attracts the wasps, where they get stuck and drown. These often work but can be a less-than-pretty way to accessorize the outside of your home. These traps will also need to be frequently replaced.
Most home improvement stores carry wasp spray. It’s safer to spray the nest in the evenings when all the wasps are present and dormant. Once the wasps inside the nest have been killed, wrap the nest shell in a trash bag and seal it tightly.
Like wasps traps, this DIY method can eliminate wasps, but it doesn’t prevent future wasp problems from occurring.
Here are some steps you can take that will reduce your risk of wasp squatters.
There are several ways to minimize the risk of wasps in and around your home. They are often looking for food, shelter, and a nice place to build a nest. This is the one time you want to actively make your home less appealing! Here’s what you can do:
Tip: Plants like pennyroyal, marigold, wormwood, mint, basil, and geranium are natural wasp repellents!
You may have heard of other home remedies, such as using vinegar or essential oils, but these methods are the most unreliable.