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How to Deter Wasps from Building Nests

Posted by Steve Thompson on Aug 15, 2019 3:05:00 PM


Wasps can descend on your weekend and make your yard a buzzing, stinging torment. Protect your yard this spring and summer from unwanted pests, and deter both from building nests. Try these three simple ways to prevent wasp nests


1. Apply essential oils.

While essential oils can infuse your home with pleasing aromas, certain essential oils could deter wasps from building nests as well. With a combination of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils mix a solution with a little soap and water in a spray bottle. Apply the solution around your home and porch in corners, ledges, and wherever you see a potential colony forming. Wasps will not be pleased with the scent, and the soap will kill wasps that it directly contacts.

Once you’ve bathed your home to repel wasps, you may have a few remaining scouts to scare off. Your next step will be to trap these pests with another simple, attractive solution.


2. Use wasp traps.

Wasps that circle gardens and hang around homes can make things tense, but you can choose trap solution to control them if they aren’t deterred by essential oils alone. A hanging trap will help control the potential for wasps to build an effective nest near your home. You can even choose an attractive colored glass wasp trap to make a pleasing addition to your décor while keeping wasps away from your outdoor fun.

After placing traps in problem areas, you can relax as tempting treats like sugary water at the bottom of a glass bottle keeps wasps from gathering near your home to build a nest. With your home suffused with wasp-repelling oils and traps in place, you can finally check your yard off the list as a potential source of food and shelter for wasps.


3. Seal food sources.

Wasp infestations can prevent your family from fully enjoying your home and yard. Continue your wasp-reducing efforts by sealing trash cans and waste centers thoroughly. You can leave some additional oils and traps near these sites if you choose. Then, notice where wasps are congregating to address any further sources of food. 

If you continue to see nest-building evidence of wasps near your home, an exterminator can safely use powerful chemicals to release your home from the grip of an infestation.


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Topics: flying insects, wasps