Did you know that there are over 30,000 species of wasps? It’s true and while wasps are good at protecting gardens and crops from other pests, most homeowners don’t want them buzzing around their homes. If you’re dealing with a wasp situation in your yard, you’ll want to address the situation sooner than later.
Keep reading to learn some reasons why you have wasps in your yard and how to get rid of them.
Why Do I Have Wasps?
Before you can learn how to get rid of wasps, determine why you have them in the first place.
1. There’s Plenty of Food Around
Wasps might be calling your yard home because they have access to food. Your lawn soil might have a lot of insects or larvae that call it home. They also eat house flies and garden pests so if there is a lot in your yard, that could be why wasps are around.
2. Your Yard Provides the Perfect Home
A wasp’s favorite nesting spot is usually around eaves, porch ceilings, and overhangs. They tend to build their nests in corners where they will feel more protected.
If you have a lot of old wood on your property, you might unknowingly be providing wasps with nest-building supplies. Some species, like the paper wasp, build their nests with wood fiber.
During the winter months, queen wasps abandon their nests to hibernate while the remaining wasps usually die. Hibernating queens will search out indoor shelter during the cold months. If your property has warm indoor hiding spots, you might be providing a perfect hibernation spot for queens.
How Can I Get Rid of Wasps?
Now that you know why you have wasps, you might be wondering, “how do I get rid of the wasps in my yard?”
1. Clean Up
Make an effort to keep your yard and surrounding property clean. Don’t leave meat or sweet drinks out after your summer barbecue. Keep your trash cans tightly sealed to stop wasps from eating your leftovers.
Don’t let fruit from your fruit trees fall on the group. Wasps love eating fallen fruit so make an effort to keep your yard clear.
2. Patch Up
Some species of wasps build nests in any crevice they can find. Patch up any holes in your walls or roof spaces. Inspect the mortar between the bricks and even the beams in your garage.
3. Call the Pros
If your wasp infestation is severe, you may need to call in reinforcements to help. The pros will know what type of wasps you’re dealing with and how to get rid of a wasp nest.
Give someone like Holmes Lawn & Pest a call if you live in the Salt Lake Valley. Their team of professionals is licensed and insured so you can rest easy knowing your home is in good hands.
Get Rid of Wasps For Good
Now you know a little more about why you have wasps and how to get rid of them. The sooner you can address your wasp issues, the better.
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