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Prevention is Key in Olympia Wasp Control

No one ever wants to deal with a wasp problem. While sometimes a wasp problem may be inevitable, other times it is possible to avoid one from developing. When trying to prevent wasps from invading your property, it is important to know what attracts wasps to your property in the first place. After you have a better understanding of why wasps are coming into your yard or home, it is then easier to remove those attractants to prevent a wasp infestation. Prevention is truly the best form of Olympia wasp control.

What Attracts Wasps to Homes?

Wasps are insects and like all insects, they need a few basic necessities to survive. If your home or yard contains these items that are attractive to wasps, they will find them and build a nest nearby. The biggest elements that attract wasps to homes are as follows:

  • Safety: Wasps may seem like some of the most harmful insects, but they also have their own predators they need shelter from. Dragonflies, praying mantis, and birds are just some of the predator’s wasps face. To avoid danger, wasps will create a nest in the top of chimneys, the undersides of bushes, under your eavestroughs, and any other place that provides safe shelter.
  • Food sources: Spilled sugary drinks, overflowing garbage cans, and protein-rich foods that are left out will all attract wasps to your yard and home. Even flowers, anthills, and hummingbird feeders can all provide a food source for wasps.
  • Building materials: Wasps need a significant amount of building materials to create their nests. Old wooden fences, rotting tree bark, landscaping plants, and damaged siding are just a few of the items wasps will use to build their nests.

Once you understand what brings wasps into your yard and home in the first place, you can then take the appropriate steps to prevent it from happening.

How to Prevent Wasp Infestations

Wasps will start to appear in early spring and they may become a nuisance until the end of summer when the number of wasps in a colony are at their peak. Due to this, it is important to establish a wasp control prevention plan early in the year so preventing wasps is as easy as checking off items on your list. The best wasp prevention tips include:

  • Wasp-proof your home: Examine the interior of your home room by room and do the same for the exterior, as well. Block off any areas you think wasps could get into, seal decks and fences that are older, replace or repair damaged siding, and regularly trim your grass and bushes.
  • Landscape strategically: You may love to sit on your deck and watch the hummingbirds drink from the bath you have placed out for them. Or, you may love to have the sweet smell of nectar-producing flowers right beside you. Landscaping items such as these though, will not only attract beautiful creatures, but wasps, as well. If you really want to have them as part of your landscaping, place them farther away from common areas such as your deck or patio so the wasps are not a nuisance.
  • Keep garbage organized: Whether it is garbage that has been left out on the deck after a barbecue, or the garbage bins in your shed, it is critical that you keep garbage in its place and that you use secure lids that fit tightly onto the can. Wasps love garbage as it provides the sugary and protein-rich foods they love. This is particularly true of yellow jackets that are more likely to become aggressive with little provocation. Keeping garbage organized and kept away is key to wasp control in Olympia.
  • Clean up: Going hand in hand with keeping your garbage tidy and organized is the idea that you must keep your property clean. If there are spills and crumbs left outside, they will attract wasps and soon, you will have an infestation.
  • Remove other insect infestations: Other insects make up a large part of a wasp’s diet. If another insect has infested your yard, wasps will come to take advantage of that food source. Eliminate any infestation you have in your home or yard and it will help you keep wasps at bay.

While the above tips can help you prevent a wasp infestation, they are not always enough. When that is the case, you need professional Olympia wasp control.

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If you are dealing with a problem, our Olympia wasp control experts at Pointe Pest Control are here to help. We know how to eliminate a wasp problem and can give you the necessary tips to help them stay away for good. Call us today at (360) 454-9522 or contact us online to request a quote.

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