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How to Get Rid of Wasps Around the House Naturally

There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy the sunshine on a nice summer’s day only to hear threatening buzzing noises in your ear. While there are some buzzing insects that are more obnoxious than dangerous, wasps and yellow jackets are forces to be reckoned with. But how can you get rid of flying insects without introducing harmful products into your space?

Halt Pest Control specializes in environmentally friendly pest control, including eliminating the threat of wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and bees.

With all of Canada put on edge by the sighting of Vespa mandarinia, better known as ‘the murder hornet’, it is natural to take a closer look at how you are protecting your home and loved ones from these buzzing behemoths. However, just like anything else, the best way to start taking preventative measures is through education.

It is thought that V. mandarinia established one lone nest in the Nanaimo area last year, which was quickly eradicated. Later, one hornet was found in White Rock and two others were found in Washington - leading experts to believe there is one more nest present. This shouldn’t be a reason to stay indoors this spring, though. In fact, entomologist Justin Schmidt says, “They don’t really attack us. It’d be really hard to get stung unless they get established, which I would say is a nil to zero chance.” So, unless you are a bee - in which case you probably don’t want to read the rest of this article - you can rest assured that worrying about your typical wasps will serve you much better than this admittedly fearsome looking ‘murder hornet’.

How Do You Keep Wasps Away from Your House?

The easiest way to deter wasps from hanging around in your yard is to keep them from nesting around your home. You can take the following steps to help reduce the likelihood of wasps nesting near your home:

  • Keep doors and windows shut
  • Take trash out regularly
  • Pot or plant wasp-repelling plants around the deck or yard
  • Seal garbage cans
  • Cover compost piles
  • Cover holes in the ground

What Smell Do Wasps Dislike?

Wasps have a large sense of smell and typically dislike more fragrant plants, including many herbs. There are several smells that wasps can’t stand, which can give you a leg up in your fight against the buzzing insects. Looking for some fragrant plants that pull double duty in smelling great and helping to deter wasps and hornets? Some smells that wasps typically dislike include:

  • Peppermint
  • Thyme
  • Spearmint
  • Wormwood
  • Eucalyptus

You can effectively deter wasps by planting these around your yard, or by using the appropriate essential oils. Other wasp deterrents that are environmentally friendly include apple cider vinegar and sugar water, which rely on their appealing smells. Both of these household items can be used to lure the pests into traps.

How Do You Get Rid of a Wasp Nest Without Harmful Substances?

While the best method to keep wasps away is to prevent them from building a nest in the first place, it’s possible to get rid of a wasp nest without using harsh products. But just getting rid of the wasp nest isn’t enough to resolve the issue; surviving wasps will return to reconstruct it. To ensure all the wasps are eliminated and therefore unable to come back, it’s best to treat the wasp nest at night while all the insects, including the queen, are present and far less aggressive than during the day.

An environmentally friendly way to get rid of a wasp colony and its nest is by literally smoking it out. Placing a fire directly under the nest guides the smoke into the colony and suffocates the pests. Any wasps that fly out to escape can be sprayed with soapy water.

How Do You Exterminate Wasps Safely?

Part of the reason to treat the wasp nest at night is because that’s when the bugs are calmer, but they’ll still get upset and aggressive when the treatment starts, especially in larger colonies. Due to their aggression, trying to get rid of your wasp problem on your own can be incredibly dangerous. The safest way to eliminate wasps and other flying insects is to contact a professional exterminator like Halt Pest Control for high quality service and results.

How Do You Get Rid of Bees Without Harming Them?

Unlike wasps, bees are among the pests that are better to relocate than to kill because of their severely declining population. To inspire bees to move on without harming them, use the smoke method to shoo the bees away from their hive. Burning wood or paper underneath the hive at night, similar to the treatment for wasps, is an effective way to help get rid of your bee problem. The smoke calms the bees and inspires them to pack up all the honey they can and move out.

Need to get rid of your wasp or bee problem? Keep it environmentally friendly. Contact Halt Pest Control at (503) 822-6555 to make an appointment for reliable pest control services today.