How to Ward Off Wasps

wasp perched and looking at the camera eerily

 

Wasps. Just the name alone inspires some fear or at the very least some deep-seated aversion. There’s very little about wasps that make us want to be near them, and they don’t want to be near us either. Unlike their friendlier cousins, the bees, they’re just a lot nastier. They don’t make any delicious honey, pollinate flowers, or shy away from confrontation. They’re very territorial of their hive and play a role in pest control, and sometimes they see humans as the pests to attack. If you’re worried about wasps in your yard, it’s worth learning how to keep them at bay!

 

Preventative Measures

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and in that same vein, a little bit of care outside will save a lot of effort down the road. Wasps have to be attracted to your area to be a problem, so looking like less of a target can work wonders. Avoid wearing bright colors or wearing sweet perfumes – they tend to attract unwanted critters of all types, and especially wasps. Most importantly, though, is to keep your foodstuffs sealed up as much as possible. During the early summer, wasps are attracted to meat and other proteins, and during the winter they swarm to sweet, sugary foods. They won’t have much of a reason to stick around if there’s no food for them!

 

Natural Deterrents

If you still end up having issues with wasps around your property, though, taking the natural road to keep your area clear is practical and eco-friendly. While they love the smell of sweets, they can’t stand a lot of other strong scents. Plants like mint, thyme, and lemongrass are often potent enough to keep them at bay. If growing your defenses isn’t possible, then applying the essential oils from the same around your area works just as well!

If oils aren’t something you can get a hold of, then a bit of digging in your spice cabinet might be the best place to look! Hot peppers boiled and strained into a liquid, cinnamon powder, and mustard powder can all be used to ward them away if applied near the hive.

 

Man-Made Solutions

Spraying down the wasp’s nest with harsh chemicals will do the job quickly, but we want to focus on some less risky, more passive methods. For example, picking up ultrasonic repellents and keeping them around high-traffic areas works well at keeping a wide range of pests away. Using extremely high-pitched noisemakers, they overwhelm wasps, bees, flies, and more as far away as possible from the source.

Along a similar train of thought, putting up traps to deal with the wasps directly is an easy and passive method. You can buy wasp traps that are shaped specially to trap them inside, or making your own from a 2-liter plastic bottle is also easy! Cut off the top of the bottle, and push it down into the body with the neck of the bottle facing down. Then, pour some bait inside – simple syrup or lemonade work well, and there’s evidence that wine is especially powerful at drawing them in. Let the trap work its magic and clean it out whenever it gets full.

 

A Surefire Solution

If the infestation is too big of a problem to deal with on your own, we can help. Bee Masters of Las Vegas can tackle wasp and bee hives alike quickly, cleanly, and humanely. We have skilled and qualified exterminators will all the tools and know-how to clear out the problem anywhere you need. Contact Bee Master of Las Vegas today to help deal with your problem now.