How to Prevent Wasps From Building Nests

There’s no worse feeling than walking around your property, looking up, and seeing a big ol’ wasp nest attached to your house. Whether you’re allergic to a wasp sting or not, having these flying pests near your home can be extremely dangerous. To prevent this from ever happening to your home, there are a few things you should do.

Keep Food Out of Sight

Wasps and yellow jackets will feed off of proteins during the summertime. Which means you need to be careful about what you eat outside, especially during your summertime barbecues. Do not leave food like this unattended — this also includes any pet food you may leave out or garbage cans that aren’t tightly sealed.

Create a Look-Alike

These angry, yellow pests are extremely territorial and won’t set up shop near another nest. Use this to your advantage by hanging a crumpled up brown paper bag on your home. Wasps can’t tell the difference between this and an actual nest, so they’ll usually go elsewhere to build their own.

Try to Be as Low Key as Possible

Don’t bring attention to yourself when you’re outside because your actions could draw wasps closer toward you. Avoid wearing bright colors like yellow or orange as wasps will be fooled into thinking you’re a flower from far away. Wasps also love sweet smells so any perfume or cologne could bring them closer to you. Lastly, try not to swat and kill any because when one dies, a pheromone is released which will alert others closeby.

Seeing a wasp is one thing, but having an entire nest attached to the side of your home is something completely different! When you need a professional to come and remove a wasp nest from your home, contact Knockout Pest Control. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.

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