How to deal with wasps and hornets at your home
The sight of a wasp buzzing around your backyard can make you both uneasy and scared. The notorious sting of a wasp is something no one looks forward to but when you have an entire wasp nest outside your home, the chances of you being a victim greatly increases. That’s why dealing with wasps at your homes includes the following steps: prevention, control and treatment.
Preventing a wasp infestation
The first step to ensuring your house is wasp-free is to take proactive measures against these flying insects. Wasps, like all other living beings, are attracted to places where they can find food. If you leave your leftovers uncovered in the backyard after a family barbeque or if you leave your trash cans uncovered, you could be attracting unwanted wasp or hornet attention.
It’s also important to make sure all entry points to your home are sealed so a wasp doesn’t find its way into the vicinity of your home. Screening and sealing windows and doors is the way to go about.
Another rising popular method to prevent wasps is by purchasing wasp decoys. You can buy these decoys from a store like Amazon or you could make your own decoys – crumpled paper balls that look like wasp nests. Since wasps and hornets are extremely territorial, they won’t enter a place where they see an existing wasp nest.
Methods of Control
If a wasp has entered your vicinity, it’s important to make sure an entire nest doesn’t follow. You can control wasps by growing natural wasp-repelling plants such as wormwood, spearmint and eucalyptus. Or you could take quick action by spraying peppermint oil on susceptible areas. Mint is a known substance that wasps absolutely despise!
Treating and Infestation
The safest DIY method to get rid of a nest is by using soap and water and spraying the solution on the wasp nest. But this could easily backfire as it could aggravate the wasps. Other methods such as using smoke, setting the nest on fire and using an insecticide are even riskier options.
Your best bet is to call in a professional for help. A good Albany pest control company can quickly and effectively deal with the wasp nest at your home so that your house is wasp-free.
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