How To Prevent Wasps Around Your Wilmington Yard

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Wasp infestations can be some of the hardest infestations to prevent and eliminate because wasps can pretty much fly and nest wherever they want. Some wasps nest in the ground, some nest by themselves, and some form huge aerial colonies that they defend aggressively. All this means that you'll need to take varied and diverse measures when it comes to wasp prevention. You'll also need to contact professional Wilmington pest control for safe infestation elimination. 

How To Identify A Wasp

At first glance, bees and wasps can be hard to tell apart. Yellow jackets and paper wasps especially can be tough to distinguish from bees because they are all black and yellow. 

There are a few ways for you to tell the difference, though. First off, bees are typically very fuzzy, especially their lower halves. Wasps, meanwhile, will never have hair. Bees are also typically fat and round, while wasps have narrower bodies and a well-defined waist. 

Most bees will also be black and yellow. While some wasps are black and yellow, many are not. Wasps can be brown, rusty red, and even metallic blue or black. If you see these colors, you're almost certainly not looking at a bee. 

Why You Don't Want Wasps Hanging Around Your Yard

You might not think having wasps around your property is that big of a deal, and sometimes it's not. Some types of wasps are docile and will not sting unless severely threatened. 

However, other species are not so forgiving. Social wasps like yellow jackets and hornets are extremely hostile and will defend their nests from any perceived threat regardless of whether or not it's an actual threat. 

That's why you need to be especially careful to keep your property free of wasps. It's incredibly easy to trigger an attack from a social wasp species – as easy as accidentally running over a yellow jacket nest with a lawnmower or knocking down a hornet nest with a bush trimmer. 

Five Eco-Friendly Wasp Prevention Tips For Your Yard

Preventing wasps doesn't have to be a huge hassle. It also doesn't need to involve a bunch of harsh and potentially dangerous pesticides. There are lots of all-natural ways to make your property less attractive to wasps, including:

  1. Cover all outdoor garbage with tight lids. This will help you avoid attracting scavenger wasps like yellow jackets. 
  2. Plant herbs and flowers wasps hate, like marigolds, basil, and lemongrass. 
  3. Harvest fruits and vegetables in your garden as soon as they're ripe, so they don't attract wasps. 
  4. Get rid of infestations of bugs that wasps commonly hunt as prey, like caterpillars and spiders. 
  5. Use decoy nests to make wasps think other wasps already occupy your property. 

Following these steps can help you make your property less attractive to wasps and encourage them to stay out of your yard. 

The Secret Total Wasp Control For Your Yard

If you wind up with a wasp infestation, don't try to take care of it on your own. Store-bought products like wasp sprays might kill on contact, but they can also cause serious neurological symptoms like seizures, spasms, and even temporary paralysis. If wasp sprays get in your eyes, they can also cause eye injury, including blindness. 

That's why it's vital to trust the experts for your wasp removal needs. Our wasp experts at Delmar Pest Control can safely and effectively deal with any wasp infestation you have – even aggressive social species like hornets and yellow jackets. So give us a call or visit our contact page to get started on the road to a wasp-free home today!

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