Wasps Flying In and Out of Large Hive

Wasps are a common nuisance for homeowners. They build nests and swarm in your yard, threatening your family and pets. Understanding how to prevent stinging pests like wasps from taking over your outdoor spaces is key to enjoying your yard throughout the warmer months and avoiding allergic reactions. 

To avoid a painful encounter with a wasp this summer, the experts at Ja-Roy are sharing what you need to know about avoiding them during the warm season. Here’s what you need to know about wasp prevention and control.

How Can I Prevent Wasps in My Yard?

So, what can you do to deter them from building nests near your home? Use these tips to keep stinging insects away from your space:

  • Keep your trash cans tightly closed and away from your house. 
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and do not leave food scraps outside.
  • Remove any standing water from your yard, such as birdbaths, buckets, or puddles. 
  • Seal any cracks or gaps around your house that stinging insects can use to enter or nest. Use caulk, mesh, or steel wool to block them.
  • Trim back any overgrown vegetation from your yard, including grass, weeds, bushes, or vines. 
  • Avoid planting flowers that attract stinging insects, such as lavender, mint, or sunflower. 
  • Call in wasp extermination professionals. Pest control experts can remove wasp nests safely and apply treatments to discourage future infestations. 

Why Are There Wasps in My Yard?

Your yard likely has everything a stinging insect could want – food, water, shelter, and nectar from plants and flowers. They often find these abundant food sources in uncovered trash bins, gardens with flowering plants, and areas where insects thrive. 

Standing water from ponds, birdbaths, or clogged gutters can offer wasps a hydration point, while sheds, eaves, and hollow trees make perfect spots for building their nests.

Types of Wasps in Your Yard

Many types of stinging insects can invade your yard. Knowing which type you have can help you create an effective strategy for preventing or eliminating an infestation. Here in Louisiana, the most common types of stinging insects you’ll see include:

  • Cicada killer wasp: This large wasp has a black and yellow pattern on its body and orange wings. It can grow up to two inches long and has a mild sting. It digs burrows in the ground to lay eggs on cicadas.
  • Mud dauber: This slender wasp has a black or metallic blue body and yellow markings. It can grow up to one inch long and has a mild sting. It builds mud nests on walls, ceilings, or eaves.
  • Paper wasp: This medium-sized wasp has a brown or black body and yellow markings. It can grow up to nearly an inch long and has a moderate sting. It builds paper nests under eaves, ledges, or branches.
  • Yellowjacket: This tiny wasp has a black and yellow pattern on its body. It can grow up to half an inch long and has a painful sting. It builds paper nests in the ground, under logs, or in wall cavities. One yellow jacket prevention method is to seal any cracks or holes in your walls or roof that could provide them with a nesting site.

Keep Wasps Out with Pest Control Services

Don’t let wasps keep you from enjoying your yard. A licensed pest control company can inspect your property, identify the type and source of stinging insects, and apply the best treatment methods.

Wasp prevention is essential to avoid painful stings and allergic reactions. Call us today for the best pest control services for residential and commercial customers!

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