How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard

Wasps can be a nuisance when you’re simply trying to enjoy your yard. They tend to swoop around your body, especially if they can smell sweet food. Of course, you don’t want to antagonize them and risk getting stung, a wasp can sting multiple times and if one does, others will usually follow.

That’s a painful experience and one that can be deadly if you have an allergic reaction.

For this reason, it’s a good idea to get the exterminators in if you want to get rid of a nest.

However, if you don’t yet have an issue, but want to make sure it stays that way, then you need to learn how to wasp-proof your back yard:

Contact The Professionals

Surprisingly, even though you don’t have an issue with wasps, it’s a good idea to contact the professionals. Click here to find out more. The reason is they’ll have experience of wasps and can help you to identify the best way forward.

You may be surprised at how much information they have available for you and how willing they are to share.

Create a Nest

Wasps are generally territorial. This means they won’t tolerate another wasp in the same area as themselves. You can use this to your advantage by setting a decoy nest. It should be near your outside entertaining area. Of course, you can add more across your garden, but don’t put them too close together or the wasps will know there is an issue.

The decoy nest tells wasps other wasps have beaten them to it, they’ll try their luck elsewhere.

Wasp Nest Materials

The next step is to remove the materials that wasps use to make their nests. Fibers from dead wood and plants are used by wasps to create nests. If you remove these from your garden you’ll make it harder for the wasps to create a nest.

In short, clear your gutters and then add covers to prevent the debris from building up in the first place.

Reduce Stickiness

Wasps love anything sweet. The best way to avoid attracting them is to make sure there are no sweet treats left lying around. That means cleaning your barbeque properly, avoiding leaving sweet drinks and jams around inside or outside the home, and clearing up food as soon as you’ve finished eating.

All of these things make your home less appealing to wasps.

Wasp Trap

Another option is to create your own wasp trap. This is simply a sweet drink, such as beer, or juice, or even a little honey. Place it in the bottom of a bottle with the top cut off. Then invert the cut-off top into the bottle. The wasps will find their way in but they won’t be able to find their way back out.

Go Natural

There are several predators that like to eat wasps, including most birds. Encourage the arrival of local birds to ensure they eat wasps and other bugs in your vicinity.

Birds are attracted by perennial shrubs and small areas of brush. This gives them somewhere to hide before they start eating your pests.