As you enjoy your patio, porch, or pool, your fun may get interrupted by a pesky wasp. Although wasps are terrific at removing other insects, you do not want them swarming around as you relax outdoors. Yet, if they crave a sugar fix or need to prepare for their queen, they will zoom around more than you want. Instead of allowing their annoying behavior to ruin your day, here are ways to keep them out and away from our home.
Why Do Wasps Come Into The Home?
Most of the time, wasps are helpful around the yard because they hunt insects and feed them to their young. With wasps on your property, you may see fewer caterpillars, crickets, flies, and other pests. But, as the weather turns cool, they start to prefer sweets instead. If they come into your home, they could be looking for a food source, a nesting site, a place to escape from the cold, or it could be an accident.
What Problems Can A Wasp Cause In a Home?
An occasional wasp in your household is not uncommon. As you come indoors, a wasp may follow you inside. Or, one may hang on to your clothing to get into your home. They can also find their way inside through a poorly sealed door, holes in your window screens, or cracks in the foundation.
If a wasp can build a nest in your home, you could get hurt when someone disturbs the area. You may get painful stings but would be okay unless you have an allergy associated with wasp stings.
Along with that, the nest that the wasp builds can cause damages to your ceiling and wallboards. If you see chewed wood inside or outside your home, the wasps gathered material to build their nest. When you see those signs and burrowed holes around your property, you may need to call for professional help to remove the nest.
Stopping Wasps From Building Nests Around Your Property
The spring is when the queen wasps become more energetic and begin building their nests. During this time, you should review the exterior of your home as you come and go and look for signs of a nest getting built. If you the onsets of a nest, you can spray it with soapy water to halt its advancement. Just be sure to approach it in the evening when wasps are less active.
Wasps breathe through the pores around their body that are known as spiracles. By spraying them with a soapy water solution, you will clog these external respiratory openings and bring an end to their time at your home.
Simple Wasp Spray Mixture
Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of liquid dish soap to an empty spray bottle and add 2 cups of water. Put the lid back on the spray bottle and shake the container so the components will mix together. Test the distance of the stream that comes from the bottle, so you know how close you need to be to the wasp. If possible, adjust the spray so you can stand far away from the wasp or nest.
During the fall and early winter, you are more likely to get stung by a wasp and find one in your home. The queen has grown the colony, they are at a maximum capacity, and more foragers need to find food for their nest. They are more aggressive because they are more protective of the bigger hive and they are hungry because there are fewer insects around to eat. A safe way to push them away from your home is by using a spray that includes peppermint oil.
Take a spray bottle and add a cup of water and one teaspoon of peppermint oil. Place your nozzle back onto the bottle and shake the ingredients until it gets properly mixed. If you do not have peppermint, you can also use geranium or lemongrass essential oils to repel the wasps. Not only do you want to spray the nest, but you can also saturate your eaves, ledges, and the covering over your porch. When doing this, make sure you protect yourself while getting this done. Wear protective glasses, gloves, socks, shoes, a long-sleeved shirt or hoodie, long pants, hat, and a scarf. Use a face mask or scarf to cover the lower half of your face for added protection from wasps and the spray. Before streaming this at your target, make sure you have a way to get away without being harmed.
Deter Wasps From Invading Your Home
Mend any Cracks or Crevices
Some wasps enjoy building their nest in spaces between your walls or floors and your roof. To keep them from getting into these areas, repair and seal any holes or crevices they could use to mine into your home.
Toss Away Unwanted Food
Before you have to start attacking wasps and their nests, you can change circumstances around your home that will deter their presence. For instance, you can address places where you may toss leftovers, like adding a lid to trash cans and clearing away food debris from on and around your grill. Wasps love to take in sugary drinks, so rinse soda cans before placing them in outdoor recycling bins. By removing these delicious treats, wasps will have to go elsewhere to dine.
By using these tricks, you can get your home free of annoying insects in no time. Keeping your home clean and tidy is the best way to go. But, your additional responsibilities may keep you from giving your home the thorough washing and scrubbing it deserves. That is why you should contact a trusted professional team that clean your home from top to bottom. Schedule a cleaning service with us today or call us to learn more about the assistance we offer.