Wasps are pests that every Texas homeowner has to deal with at some point in time. These threatening insects like to make their nests in hollow spaces near or in your home. Unfortunately, unlike the honey bee, wasps will survive after stinging you. This means that a single wasp can attack a person multiple times. This is why it’s important to practice safe and effective wasp control.

If you are allergic to wasp venom then having wasps around your home is a real danger. Spraying bug spray may kill them but it also adds pollutants to the air and doesn’t guarantee that they won’t be back next season. Here are five forms of wasp control that will help you keep the environment safe and keep wasps away.

5. Use Plants as Wasp Control

You may think that your landscaping may be what is attracting Yellow Jackets and other wasps. While this can be the case, you can naturally repel wasps by planting the right foliage in your yard.

Some plants that deter wasps include:

  • Spearmint
  • Thyme
  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus
  • Wormwood

When you plant these greens, make sure to move hanging, bright, sweet smelling flowers from areas where you don’t want wasps to hang out and form a nest.

Large yellow Jacket Nest

4. Peppermint Oil

Much like spearmint, peppermint is also a big deterrent for wasps. According to the Journal of Pest Management Science, a few drops of peppermint oil can keep wasps away from your home. After sprinkling a few drops of oil on a cotton ball, you can place the pads around the outside of your home where wasp’s nests usually occur.

These areas can be found in:

  • Empty sheds
  • Garages
  • Playground equipment
  • Attics and more

Knowing the type of wasps that you are dealing with is key to where your cotton ball repellent should be placed around your property.

3. Hang a False Nest

Wasps are naturally unlikely to build a nest near another nest that they have created. One way to move wasps away from your property while you wait for a local wasp control professional is to hang a false nest near the house and away from your family. Products for this method can easily be found in many hardware stores. The look of a real nest may not fool all wasps but most of the time, this method can be successful to keep them off your property.

2. Non-Toxic Sprays

If you must insist on spraying a nest, try out a natural insecticide. These are made from 100 percent, natural ingredients and can be used in the same way as a standard poisonous spray. Most of these are made with essential oils. So, not only will your home be free of wasps, but it won’t smell toxic!

1. Call Bee Safe Bee Removal For Texas Wasp Control

DIY methods for wasp control can be effective but also extremely dangerous for you and your family. We recommend staying away from a wasp’s nest and refrain from trying to smoke or drown it out. By not contacting a professional for complete wasp removal, you are putting yourself at risk.

Bee Safe Bee Removal handles wasp control throughout the state of Texas. We will even schedule you for regular preventative maintenance should you want it. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.