Wasps can be annoying and terrifying creatures to have infesting your home. When wasps are present, you’ll usually notice their small, honeycomb-like nests in the corners of your porch or other areas. If a wasp colony decides they like your home, it might be hard to get rid of them. This is why it’s best to contact a professional extermination service after noticing the first signs of an infestation.
There are many common things that might attract wasps to your Bartlesville, OK home, including leftover food and gardens. Wasps might look at your home and see the perfect place to take refuge. There are several ways to deter wasps from setting up camp at your home and prevent a possible infestation.
That beautiful garden you have in your front yard could be attracting wasps to your home. Just like people, wasps love beautiful flowers! Wasps are attracted to flowers because of their nectar, and if your garden offers a constant supply, they probably won’t want to leave. With warmer weather quickly approaching, your flowers are probably starting to bloom, which could be attracting wasps.
Food left outside could attract wasps as well as any number of pests. Wasps particularly like meat and sweet foods. Proper disposal and containment of leftover food are important to preventing a wasp infestation. If you throw leftover food away in an outdoor trash can, be sure it’s properly closed each time. It’s also a good idea to check the trash receptacle for cracks or any other spots that wasps could possibly enter.
Other sources of food
There could be several other wasp food sources in your yard that you haven’t thought about. Wasps are particularly fond of fruit trees, for example. The sweet fruit offers them a constant food source, and they especially like pieces that have fallen from trees. Most yards are also home to a variety of insect species, some of which wasps like to feast upon. They particularly like grubs and insect eggs.
Places to build nests
Wasps are always on the lookout for good real estate. If the outside of your home has plenty of spots for wasps to safely hide, they’ll probably try to make a nest. Wasps like corners and cracks in your home, as they provide a safe place to hide and breed. Colonies can sometimes cause major damage to a home, resulting in expensive repairs. You also don’t want wasps finding a way into your home.
Preventing a wasp infestation
If wasps are attracted to your yard, there’s little you can do to stop them on your own. You could clean loose fruit from around any fruit trees and fill and noticeable cracks on the outside of your home. Certain plants have also been known to deter wasps, including mint leaves and lemongrass.
When trying to deter wasps from your Bartlesville, OK home, it’s usually best to contact an exterminator. Call Excellence Pest Control today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to handling your wasp issue!