Spring is here and NOW is the time for wasp prevention!
Here are some tips to help make your spring and summer wasp and hornet free.
Seal trash cans & recycle bins.
Wasps are carnivorous and love human and pet food. Make sure to always seal your trash cans. Any pet food that is stored outside should also be secured tightly. Keep excess cardboard and paper recycling storage to a minimum. Flying insects love to eat them and use them to build their nests.
Remove wasp attractors.
Nectar and bird food may also attract wasps so think carefully about where you hang your bird feeders and store your bird food. Compost piles can also be a major attractor. You may want to consider indoor composting if your pile becomes an issue.
Check your home & outbuilding fixtures and structure.
Winter storms can cause destruction on the exterior of your home. Broken panels or siding, gaps in soffits, and other crevices are perfect homes for a potential wasp nests. Make sure to check window, door and screen integrity to keep flying insects out of your home.
Check your yard for rodent holes or potential burrows.
Many species of wasps build their nests underground so if you find holes, fill them.
Hang wasp decoys.
Some wasp species are very territorial and will not build within a few hundred feet another nest. Placing wasp decoys in your yard is a safe and natural deterrent. Place decoys along the edge of your property line as far from your patio or other protected area as possible. DIY options are available online, or you can purchase them at garden retailers or online retailers.
Deploy wasp traps.
You will want to add some bait to the trap to help attract the wasps. Spring is prime breeding season and wasps will be attracted to protein, such as sliced turkey or chicken. During the summer they are attracted to sugary foods like jam, soda or fruit juice. Traps can be purchased or there are DIY options available online.
 Eartheasy.com. Natural Wasp Control. Retrieved from https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/natural-wasp-control