Wasps may be one of the most fearful summer pests in the Pacific Northwest. These stinging insects will quickly ruin your BBQ and other outdoor festivities with their aggressive behavior.
Not only are stinging insects potentially dangerous to people allergic to their venom, but some wasps can wreak havoc in your home if they nest inside wall voids. Keep reading to learn more about wasps and what you can do to help prevent a wasp infestation.
What Attracts Wasps?
Wasps are attracted to different things depending on the season. In the spring, they’re attracted to protein sources like meat, pet food, and peanut butter as they help their colony grow. It’s during this time of year that wasps are less aggressive and it’s because they’re well fed.
In the late summer and early fall, the wasps’ nest has already reached its maximum size. This is when they begin to starve and become more aggressive. They’ll be more attracted to sugary substances like candy and soda. It’s also not uncommon for wasps, particularly yellow jackets to target honeybee hives for food.
How to Prevent Wasps
Getting rid of wasps isn’t easy. These insects release pheromones when they’re squished that attracts other wasps to the area. They also release these pheromones when they sting. So the best way to treat a wasp infestation is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
- Walk around the perimeter of your home and take note of any small cracks and crevices wasps may fit into, don’t forget under eaves and soffits
- Use a silicone-based caulk to seal those openings
- Ensure your window screens don’t have holes
- Install mesh sheets on the vents outside of your home
- Keep your trash cans tightly closed
- Don’t leave pet food out
- Pick up any fallen or ripe produce
- Plant bright flowers far away from your home
What to do if You Have a Wasp Nest
If you find a wasp nest on your property, whether up in a tree or in the ground, we recommend you stay away from it. Wasps, especially yellow jackets are quite aggressive and they’ll attack if they feel threatened. Wasp nests are a job best left to the professionals.
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