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Getting Rid of Wasps from the Yard

During the spring, queen wasps start coming out to start their nests. Late summer and early fall bring aggressive wasps because the queens stop laying eggs. That’s when infamous wasp problems start to come around. They dive-bomb into people’s faces, raid picnics, and sting freely.

Despite their negative reputation, wasps are actually beneficial by eating bugs that are bad for gardens and crops, like caterpillars and grasshoppers. But no one wants to get stung, especially if you have an allergy to wasp stings.

If you try to get rid of wasps, whether they’re hornets, yellow jackets, paper wasps, or another type of wasps, here are a few things you can do to eliminate the problems they cause.


Often, the best wasp treatment is prevention. These are a few things any homeowner can do to keep wasps away.

Wasp decoys are a fake wasp nest that will keep territorial wasps from building a nest nearby. Either buy a decoy online or make one yourself. Fill a white paper lunch bag with plastic bags to keep it from compressing, and then draw a quarter-sized black dot on one corner. Hang these up on all the corners of the house and any area wasps usually come around.

Reduce wasp food sources by covering compost piles, garbage cans, and any food you bring outside until you’re ready to eat it. Wasps are known to hover around sugary fluids or water puddles, so clean up any soda spills or standing water.

Although some wasps make nests high in trees or the underside of eaves, others make nests underground in abandoned burrows, so check your yard for holes made by groundhogs or other animals and fill them up to prevent the wasps from nesting there.

Prevent wasps from getting inside by maintaining your home. Replace damaged screens, especially for windows on the southwest side of the house, where wasps like to bask in the heat.

Home Remedies for Wasps

The decoy might work well for paper wasps and plenty of yellow jacket species, but other wasp species, like bald-faced hornets, might make a nest anyway. That’s when you’ll need some deterrents and remedies to help you get rid of wasps when they come around.

Before you ever try treating wasps on your own, always wear protective gear like long sleeves, long pants, gloves, goggles, a hat, and a scarf or bandana to cover the neck, at the very least. If you’re allergic to wasp stings, don’t try to get rid of wasps on your own at all. Call the professionals for help instead.

Essential oil from peppermint, clove, geranium, and lemongrass have all been proven to repel wasps. Use 1 drop of oil for every 1 cup of water and mix them in a spray bottle. You can use any combination of these essential oils, but make sure you use pure oil and not extract. Spray the mixture in the eaves, spots where you know wasps usually come, and places you don’t want wasps to come snooping. The spray should work to keep them away, but it might not work to kill them on contact, so be very careful when you use it against an active nest.

If you have an active nest and you don’t want to use the essential oil spray, you can mix grease-fighting dish soap or insecticide soap with water in a hose attachment and spray them from a safe distance. A powerful spray mixed with soap should take them down right away, but there is always the possibility of getting stung, so be careful.

You can also use other over-the-counter (OTC) products from the hardware store for wasps. Some of these work better over the long term than others. No matter what wasp-killer product you use, read the label carefully and follow the directions closely.

Professional Wasp Treatments

When wasps have found a way inside the house or you’ve done all you can to get rid of a nest somewhere on your property, it’s probably best to call the professionals. If you’re allergic to stings, never try to treat them on your own.

Fox Pest Control can be that professional for you. Not only do we get the job done and know our way around wasps, but we care about you and your family as well. Our Home Protection Plan has a Satisfaction Guarantee, we can come back for free if wasps, crawling insects, or rodents come back. Our products are family-safe, pet-friendly, and environmentally responsible to restore your peace of mind.

When you call Fox, you’re joining a family that cares about you. So call today. Because No Bugs is Simply Better.

Posted on May 25, 2020.

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