Some species of wasps are referred to as solitary wasps. These insects may seek shelter in small furrows across the ground, under the eaves of a rooftop, or in crevices that comprise deck furnishings. The following wasp control methods will keep these pests away from the outdoor areas that you frequent.
Patio Deterrent Methods
Solitary wasps live alone and may use wood shavings, leaves, or natural or manmade holes to create areas to burrow. Because you may not notice a large hive that you would normally associate as a wasp's habitat, it can be difficult to pinpoint where the solitary wasps are living.
If a serious infestation is present, you may notice several wasps flying around. Each one could have a separate place where they seek refuge and all of the habitats could be in close proximity to one another. Unfinished wooden furnishings tend to attract wasps. Any type of patio furniture that contains intricate details in its design could serve as a suitable area for wasps to hide. Remove the furnishings and other loose items from your patio.
Use a hose to spray off the patio. Clean each piece of furniture. Use a wood sealant to treat wooden frames and other wooden components that comprise each furnishing. If you notice wasps occasionally flying overhead, use a hose to rinse off the siding or roofing materials that are adjacent to or overhead the patio.
Overgrowth, Animal Food, And Holes
Trim overgrown brush and grass blades in your yard. If you have pets that you feed outdoors, clean out their food bowls regularly or move their food indoors. If bird feeders are in your yard, the excess feed could be attracting wasps. Move the feeders away from areas where you and your family spend time.
Inspect your property for holes. Use topsoil to fill in any indentations. Some wasp varieties eat insects. If you choose to use an insecticide to kill insects on your property, choose a product that is non-toxic. Treat your lawn with an insecticide each time that you trim overgrowth and grass blades.
Plants That Repel Wasps
Some strong-scented plants may naturally repel wasps. Herbal varieties, including mint, spearmint, citronella, and eucalyptus can be planted in pots or in the ground. The plants will beautify outdoor areas that you and your family tend to relax in. The new additions will help control the amount of wasps that are on your property and will add interesting scents to your outdoor space.
For more information on wasp control, contact a professional near you.