How to Keep Wasps from Building Nests in Your Backyard

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on February 10, 2023 · 2 mins read

As a homeowner, you want to enjoy your backyard without the worry of being stung by wasps or seeing their nests around your property. Here are some simple tips to help keep wasps from building nests in your backyard.

DIY Wasp removal recommendations

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Keep Your Yard Clean and Tidy

Wasps are attracted to food and sweet smells, so it’s important to keep your yard clean and tidy. Make sure to dispose of any food waste, such as fruit scraps, in a sealed trash can. Don’t leave sugary drinks or open containers of food out for long periods of time. These items will attract wasps to your yard and could potentially lead to nest-building.

Seal Up Any Cracks or Holes

Wasps are crafty creatures and can fit through small spaces. Inspect your property regularly for cracks or holes in your walls, roof, or foundation. If you find any, seal them up with caulk or another appropriate material. This will make it more difficult for wasps to build nests on your property.

Remove Any Existing Nests

If you already have a wasp nest on your property, it’s important to remove it safely and properly. You can purchase wasp spray from your local hardware store or hire a professional pest control company to remove it. Once the nest is removed, make sure to dispose of it properly and thoroughly clean the area to prevent any remaining wasps from returning.

Use Wasp Repellent Plants

Certain plants, such as mint, eucalyptus, and wormwood, are known to repel wasps. Consider planting these around your yard to deter wasps from building nests in the first place. These plants not only smell great but also serve as a natural way to keep wasps away.

Cover Your Food and Drinks

When spending time outdoors, make sure to cover your food and drinks to prevent wasps from being attracted to them. Use lids or covers to keep them sealed and secure. This will help keep your backyard wasp-free and keep your family safe.

By following these simple tips, you can keep wasps from building nests in your backyard and enjoy your outdoor space all summer long. Remember to stay vigilant and inspect your property regularly to ensure that it remains wasp-free.