Springtime is right around the corner, and while the blooming flowers and increasing temperatures are lovely, there is one pest that can nearly ruin your spring: the wasp. These easily aggravated, flying insects have long been causing humans grief, but fortunately, we now have quite a few ways to keep these pests away from our homes. Here are 5 DIY pest control methods you can use to keep the wasps at bay:
1. Essential Oils
Essential oils are not only good for relieving congestion and migraines, but they are also quite effective in repelling wasps and other pests. A combination of clove, geranium, and lemongrass oil virtually eliminates wasps from your home and yard because they find the scents quite irritating. Additionally, peppermint oil has been shown to fend off wasps quite effectively as well. You can use this oil on its own or purchase it in the form of an organic wasp and hornet killer.
2. Soap & Water
Soap and water are astoundingly effective in preventing many ailments and annoyances, from infections to wasp infestations. To use this easy and environmentally-friendly pest control method, simply add water and hand soap to a spray bottle and spray that mixture in and around the wasps’ nest. The soap clogs the wasps’ breathing pores, which eventually causes them to suffocate.
Did you know that there are some plants that naturally repel wasps? It’s true! If you plant some citronella, thyme, or eucalyptus (or all three!) in your yard, wasps will naturally be less likely to remain in the area. Plus, not only do these plants repel wasps, they add quite a bit of beauty to your yard.
4. Aerial Nets
This pest control method is slightly riskier than the others, but it is very effective if you have a wasp problem that requires immediate attention. To eliminate all of the wasps that are living in a nest by your home, you can use an aerial net to cover the wasps’ nest and trap them. From there, you can carefully place the nest and net in a bucket of water to drown the wasps inside and prevent them from harming you and your family. Be careful, though, because if you are not able to contain the wasps, one of them could sting you!
5. Make Repairs
If you are having an issue with finding wasps inside your home, the first thing you need to do is close off any potential points of entry. This includes cracks in the siding, holes in the window screens, and gaps between any boards, particularly those near the attic, where wasps can come in and out undetected for quite a while. To make this pest control method the most effective, perform these repairs in the early spring before the wasps are active.