How to prevent wasp’s nests

Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to wasp prevention. If you have wasp’s nests in the past, you are very likely to have them form again. The best way to prevent wasp’s nests is to understand how they choose where to build their nest.

Wasp Nest Prevention Tips

Wasps nests locations are not located randomly but are actually carefully considered by the queen wasp. The first thing the queen wasp looks for is shelter from rain and dampness. They look for a dark secluded area where they will not be interfered with.

  • Treat Dead wood with wasp repellent – Wasps use dead wood and saliva to create the wasp hive, either ensure that they don’t have access to dead wood or treat the available dead wood.
  • Check for holes and gaps in sheds or buildings – This allows wasps entry to the building, so ensure these holes and gaps are sealed accordingly.
  • Add light – Wasps do not like light, if there is an area inside a building that is prone to/ vulnerable to wasp, adding a low wattage light will deter them.
  • Regular Inspections – Finding a wasp hive smaller than a tennis ball is something you may be able to take care of yourself, however any bigger and you will have to start calling in Pest Control services. Regular inspections mean early detection and easier removal.
  • Fill holes in the ground – Holes in the ground may occur from rodents, construction work etc. It’s important to fill these holes in order to discourage nest building.

Lone Wasp Prevention Tips

Wasps travel far from their nest in search of food, water and nest building material, so you may have a high volume of wasps in your home and garden without having a nest in the nearby vicinity. If you want to reduce the amount of “free flying wasps” around you, please see some simple steps below;

  • Ensure bins are fully sealed. Wasps will search for holes or lids that don’t fit properly. Also keep bins a good distance from your home.
  • When possible, keep windows and doors shut to prevent the wasps entrance into the home.
  • Wasps are attracted to nectar and sap from sweet smelling plants. If you are planting these plants, ensure they are not close to windows and doors.
  • Treat wooden garden furniture and any other wood in the area with wasp prevention spray.
  • Wasp traps are available in a variety of stores or can easily be bought online.
  • Homemade wasp attractors can be made and placed away from the home or busy areas of your home like your front door. This will deter them from coming close to your home.

Wasp Traps or Attractors

If you’re feeling daring, a wasp trap is very easy to make.

  • Cut the top off a large plastic bottle.
  • Place the top the bottle, cap first, back into the waterbottle so that it makes a funnel.
  • For bait, add a fruit juice or a fizzy drink.

Make sure to keep these traps away from your home or busy areas. Empty the trap regularly.