How to Get Rid of Wasps: A Guide for Homeowners

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It’s summertime, and that means you’ll get to enjoy many outdoor activities like barbecues, pool parties, and social gatherings—especially after a year spent inside after COVID.

But even though we’ve been inside, insects have been up to their regular shenanigans. That means wasps are building their nests as always. And these can be dangerous to your outdoor festivities.

If you are trying to get rid of these little pests, here’s a guide on how to get rid of wasps and make sure your summer isn’t ruined.

Consider If You Really Want to Get Rid of Them

Before you consider wasp removal, you might want to give it some thought. Do you really want to get rid of them?

Wasps are actually beneficial to have around. Unlike bees, wasps are carnivorous. They hunt smaller insects like flies and aphids and feed them to their larvae.

They’re also pollinators, just not on the same level as bees. So they can protect your flowers and produce from actual pests if you grow them.

Safety Prep Yourself

If you’re hellbent on getting rid of wasps in your yard, there are a few precautions you must undertake.

You want to wear long sleeves and long pants and tuck them because you want to avoid them being able to sting you. You also want to make sure you protect your face and eyes with a net and/or goggles in the event they swarm.

There are quite a few other things you can do to avoid attracting wasps.

Inspect and Identify the Wasps

Wasps are a general term that can be attributed to several species. It is important to understand what kind you’ll be dealing with (from a safe distance of course).

Yellow Jackets

These are striped black and yellow, and they live in colonies. Their nests can be found on structures, hanging from structures, and on the ground.

They are predominantly found in the Southeastern US.

Paper Wasps

These are brownish-black with yellow to red markings on their head and abdomen. They build nests near buildings, under roofs, and on sturdy plants.

The nests are made of paper-like materials and they can be found all over the US.

Hornets

Found in North America and tropical Asia, these have more structured stripes than yellow jackets. They build their nests of paper and mostly on trees but sometimes near buildings.

Several other types of wasps weren’t mentioned, though. Click here if you want to know more.

Take These Steps to Rid Yourself of Your Wasp Problem: 

There are several ways to get rid of a wasp infestation and prevent a return:

  • You can set up traps to lure them away from your home using fruit or other food sources.
  • You can try and take the nest down using protective gear at a time when they’re least active.
  • You can call a professional to get rid of them.

There are natural ways to get of them that you can explore as well.

How to Get Rid of Wasps the Right Way

Getting rid of wasps can seem tedious and dangerous, but after reading this guide on how to get rid of wasps, you won’t have to worry about wasps ruining your summer outside. 

You deserve your time in the sun, don’t let wasps deter you. Take care of them today.

For other informative and interesting articles about protecting your home, be sure to browse the rest of our blog.

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