How to Prevent Wasps from Nesting

Wouldn’t it be perfect if all unpleasant insects could just skip your house? While it may not be possible to keep all intruders away all the time, there are still ways to protect your property and your family from an unpleasant wasp invasion. Stopping wasps from nesting is not that hard when you know the right approach. Taking preventive measures early also means that you won’t have to worry about a serious wasp infestation later on. 

Inspect

The first step you can take is to inspect the house for cracks and holes that could serve as attractive nesting places. Pay close attention to any crevices, the ceiling and the attic. They are often targeted by queen wasps looking for the perfect spot to build their home.

If you happen to find a nest in progress, then do not postpone removing it or you will have a much bigger problem later. You can try to take it down yourself or contact a wasp control specialist if you don’t want to risk it.  Spring and summer are active seasons, during which the chance of finding a nest somewhere on your property is bigger. So make sure you do the check-ups more often then.

Don’t leave garden holes

Speaking of not leaving any openings unattended, the same applies for the external areas of your property. Take a look around the garden for any rodent holes, which are suitable for European wasps’ nest formation. No need to do a lot, just fill the small and big holes with dirt until they are fully covered. This way the wasps won’t be able to get in.

Keep the bins in check

Some wasp species are attracted to sweets and other types of food they can find in our garbage. Therefore, it is essential not to give the wasps access to your bins’ content. Keep them fully shut, especially when the weather is warm. Also, do not leave food unattended outside and keep it in containers while you are enjoying the nice weather. 

Try a homemade wasp repellent spray

Spray all “risky” areas with a natural wasp repellent of mint oil, dish soap and water. The strong smell should make all wasps think twice before they intrude on your property. The mint has a distinctive scent, but you can try other types of essential oils like eucalyptus, clove, lemongrass, or tea tree. Giving the natural alternative a chance can be more beneficial, especially if there are kids or pets often in proximity to the sprayed areas.