After being cooped up during a long, frigid winter, nearly everyone looks forward to the welcome reprieve that comes with summertime. You may be among the many Columbus residents just itching to enjoy afternoon picnics, outdoor adventures, and resuming a regular gardening routine for your beautiful landscape, but you're not the only one looking forward to the return of warmer weather. Wasps are biting at the bit to emerge from their slumber, and if you're not careful, they may end up biting at your bits too.
There are a few different species that Columbus residents need to keep an eye out for, and some aren't quite as aggressive as others:
Paper Nest Wasps – black with yellow stripes, roughly ¾ inch long, build paper nests
Yellow Jackets – black and yellow stripes with more emphasis on yellow, roughly 5/8 inch long, nests in the ground
Mud Daubers – black or brown with much more sleek bodies, grow up to 1 inch long, builds mud tubes for nests
Cicada Killers – black with orange-yellow stripes, grow up to 2 inches long, nests in the ground
Baldfaced Hornets – black and yellow stripes, up to 5/8 inch long, build paper nests
These stinging insects are most attracted to food and favorable living conditions. While their venom isn't inherently deadly on its own, it's incredibly common for people to have allergies to a wasp sting and, regardless of allergies, multiple stings always require immediate medical attention. So, how can you make your Columbus yard less attractive to wasps?
Number One: Limit Food Supply
Wasps enjoy feasting on sweets, greases, and proteins. The types of proteins depend on the availability, so while they'll happily tend to the pests in your garden, they'll also try to steal the meat off of your plate during a barbecue. Ways to limit the availability of their desired meals include keeping a secure lid on your outdoor trash cans and making sure to clean up any outdoor eating and food prep areas immediately afterward.
Number Two: Limit Habitable Outdoor Conditions
This one's a bit difficult since wasps will make nests nearly anywhere. In the case of burrowing wasps, make sure to fill in any holes that might be in your yard; they're more likely to inhabit an abandoned rodent's nest or burrow into already disturbed soil. For wasps that prefer hanging nests, add a fake nest to your porch décor. Wasps are territorial, and they won't dare to build a home within a few hundred feet of another nest.
Number Three: Limit Access Indoors
It is imperative to make sure there aren't any holes or gaps in your siding or roof. They will nest inside homes if an opening is available, and you certainly don't want an indoor nest on your hands. This means caulking up holes in the siding, fixing loose shingles, repairing any damaged wood, regularly inspecting the outer foundation of your home, and replacing any worn down insulation around windows and door frames.
Number Three: Gardening Do's and Don'ts
The very origin of pest control stems from essential oils and intuitive gardening; some plants deter specific pests more than others, and some plants attract specific pests. If you want your garden protected against wasps, you might want to consider adding these plants to your landscaping:
These plants either emit an odor that's unpleasant to wasps or doesn't possess enough pollen to make it worth inspecting. Overall, be selective of the amount of blue, violet, and yellow-colored blooms you add to your scenery. Wasps and bees find these colors very attractive.
What Should I Do If My Columbus Property Has Wasps?
Wasp infestations are very dangerous, and they're definitely not a pest you want to try to get rid of on your own. When stinging insects fly into your life, Pestmaster® Services can help you show them the door. Our company was founded with the sole intent of providing expert pest control services. We offer free inspections for every customer, and we always use environmentally friendly pest control products in all of our treatments. Contact us today, so that you can enjoy your family barbecues in peace.