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Home Wasp Control in the Yard

Wasps are a problem during the warmer months of the year, and when they nest around the house, they can get in the way of barbecues and other activities. They’re especially active and aggressive in the late summer and early fall when they tend to dive-bomb into people’s faces, raid picnics, and fly into soda cans.

In spite of their reputation, wasps are actually beneficial by eating pests like caterpillars and grasshoppers that destroy crops. However, no one wants to get stung, especially those with allergies.

If you decide you want to get rid of wasps, here are a few things you can do to keep you and your family safe.


Since many wasp species are territorial, wasp decoys are a great way to keep them from building a nest nearby. You can buy one online or make one yourself by filling a white paper lunch bag with plastic bags and then marking one corner with a black dot the size of a quarter. Tie off the top of the bag and hang one on every corner of the house and in areas where wasps commonly nest.

Make your home less attractive to wasps by covering your compost piles, garbage cans, and any food you bring outside. Standing water and any sweet liquid will attract wasps, so clean up soda spills and make sure your yard drains water properly.

Some wasps build nests high in trees or under eaves, but others build their nests underground. They usually like to find a hole that gophers, groundhogs, or moles have abandoned, so find and fill any holes in your yard.

Home maintenance will help keep wasps out of the house as well. Replace or repair damaged screens around windows or doors. Especially watch the southwest side of the house, where wasps might bask in the heat.

Remedies for Wasps

Decoys might work well for paper wasps, certain hornet species, and a few yellow jackets, but some wasps, like the bald-faced hornet, might ignore a decoy nest completely and build their own hive anyway. Having a few deterrents ready for any time can be a great help against them.

Before you ever try to treat wasps on your own, determine whether you’re allergic first. If you are allergic to wasp stings, do not try to treat a wasp nest by yourself. If you aren’t allergic to wasp stings, be sure to wear protective equipment while treating wasps, including long sleeves, gloves, long pants, a hat, and a scarf or bandana around both sides of your neck. The thicker the covering you have, the more protection you have. Just remember that there’s always the possibility of getting stung, no matter how much equipment you wear.

There are a few natural remedies you can use on your own, including essential oils like peppermint, geranium, lemongrass, and clove, which are all proven wasp repellents. Use 1 drop of oil for every 1 cup of water and mix them in a spray bottle. Any combination of these essential oils will work, but just make sure you use pure oil and not extract. Spray the mixture in the eaves, places where you know wasps usually show up, and anywhere you don’t want wasps to come by. This spray may or may not work well on contact against an active nest.

You can also use grease-fighting or insecticide soap against an active nest as an effective knockdown agent. You can put the soap in a hose attachment and spray the nest from a safe distance. A powerful spray mixed with soap should take them down almost immediately, but that won’t reduce the possibility of getting stung, so be careful.

You can also use over-the-counter (OTC) products for wasps. Some products work better than others over the long term. No matter what product you choose to use, always read and follow the label carefully.

Professional Wasp Treatments

You know it’s time to call the professionals when you’ve done everything you can to get rid of a nest and they continue to come back. Or, if you’re allergic, it’s always best to look for professional help first.

In some of the worst-case scenarios, a professional should be the only one to treat wasps. When wasps make a nest inside the walls, treatments could force the wasps to tunnel inside the house and eventually burst through the walls. Too many people have tried to treat a wasp nest on their own and ended up with angry, flying stingers around the house.

Fox Pest Control is a name you can trust to get the job done. Our Home Protection Plan covers wasps, crawling insects, and rodents with our family-safe, pet-friendly, and environmentally responsible products that will restore your peace of mind without the risk associated with outdated pesticides.

All our Pest Pros are thoroughly vetted through our Fox Process, so when you call us, you aren’t just hiring a pest control company. You’re joining a family that cares about you, your home, and your family.

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Posted on May 25, 2020.

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