If you were to take a poll of what pests everyone wanted to avoid during the summer months, it wouldn’t be a surprise that wasps made it onto the list. Known for their hive mentality and powerful stingers, these insects can be easily identified by their thin waists and pointed bodies. While there are several species of wasp, there are two specific variations. These variations are the social wasps such as common wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, and paper wasps and the solitary wasp such as the cicada killer and mud dauber wasp.
What helps set this pest aside from other pests is the fact they’re beneficial to the local environment thanks to pollination and their feeding on other insects. However, that doesn’t mean they should be hanging around your home. Beneficial or not, wasps are potentially dangerous to humans if provoked or threatened.
Wasp Prevention Tips That Work
Since wasps are dangerous to humans thanks to their stingers and hive attack mentality, it’s critical to look into prevention methods to keep them at bay. Did you know that landscaping will actually help you prevent a wasp infestation? Certain plants keep wasps from wanting to stick around, which only benefits you.
If you would like to plant your way to a wasp-free home, then consider planting mint and lemongrass for starters. However, there are other plants available if you prefer. Just like some plants ward wasps away, some attract them. It’s important to be careful to not over-plant these types, which include sweet fennel, Queen Anne’s lace, and spearmint plants among others.
Besides making your landscaping work for you, there are some prevention tips you can utilize in case gardening isn’t your thing. Some of the most effective tips include the following:
Remove Food Sources
Wasps will get into anything from hummingbird feeders to pet food and even your food. By removing these food sources you prevent easy access and limit the attractiveness of your home and the immediate area.
Seal Entry Points
Wasps don’t need open windows and doors to come inside. Cracks and crevices will do just fine. The best thing you can do is patrol the perimeter and fill these spots in with silicone caulk to make things easier on yourself.
Check For Nests
Quick nest identification can help you stop the infestation before it becomes a problem. Look in sheds, garages, and wall cavities for obvious nest locations.
Pick Up & Seal Trash
Wasps like trash. They like the smell and they like to eat old and rotting food. By tying up trash bags, closing trash cans, and practicing good trash disposal you can save yourself a significant headache down the road. Plus, this tip helps with other pests too so it’s a double win.
Wasp Control With White Line Pest Management
When pest infestations occur, it’s a bad time for everyone on the property. They not only damage your home with their nests and habits, but some, like wasps, can be a direct threat to your safety. At White Line Pest Management, we find that unacceptable, which is why we work to protect your family from those threats while delivering high-quality pest control services you can depend on. Whether you have an active infestation or want to take steps to keep one from happening, you can count on the pest control experts at White Line Pest Management to take care of you from start to finish.
Are you ready to invest in wasp prevention services? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our Roseville pest control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.