How To Keep Wasps Away From Your Irvine Property

4/15/2021


a wasp crawling on wooden patio furniture

In Irvine, one pest inspires more desperate action than any other when the weather starts getting warmer. This pest is none other than the wasp. This stinging insect, which also includes hornets in its species family, is infamous for its hive mentality and its powerful stinger. Depending on the species of wasp, they are usually a social wasp or solitary wasp. Social wasps include ones such as common wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and paper wasps. Solitary wasps are ones like the cicada killer and mud dauber wasp.

In case you're unsure if it’s a wasp in your Irvine home, look for a slender body that boasts a narrow waist, cylindrical legs, smooth skin, and a shiny body. The most common ones you'll come across include the yellow jacket, bald-faced hornet, and paper wasp. Despite their ability to harm people who accidentally provoke them, they are different from most other pests in the sense they're also beneficial to the environment. Wasps pollinate and feed on other insects, which are both good things. With that in mind, they don't belong on your Irvine property thanks to the potential danger they pose.

Landscaping And Other Protections

Wasps prefer to spend their time outdoors since that's where the plants and flowers exist. However, there is hope for Irvine property owners in the form of functional landscaping. This is because some plants actually repel wasps instead of attracting them. Some of the most popular plants to have on the property especially near the house include ones like lemongrass, mint, basil, and even cucumber.

Just like there are plants to repel wasps, some in higher concentrations attract them even more than normal, which include sweet fennel, spearmint, and Queen Anne's Lace. Besides landscaping, there are other prevention tips to consider like:

  • Food Management: Wasps will gladly eat your food, your pet's food, and even the food left in a bird feeder. They aren't picky at all, which is why the first step is to ensure they can't access these food sources with proper food management.
  • Seal The Entry Points: Wasps can get into small spots a lot more than you think. The tiniest cracks, holes, and crevices are fair game. This is even truer near hot spots like poorly sealed windows. For this reason, an effective way to prevent infestation is to use silicone caulk to fill the entry points along the perimeter.
  • Check For Nests: This pest lives in a nest, which is easily identifiable. Take the time to locate these nests before they become a big problem. Once identified, contact the professionals to handle proper nest removal.
  • Trash Management: The smell of old or rotting food is highly attractive to wasps. When the trash isn't maintained properly or sealed shut, it acts as a beacon. Remove this beacon by keeping the lid shut and practicing trash disposal far away from the house.

Wasp Control With Malang Pest Control

It can be tempting to consider any pest infestation a minor concern in light of how busy everyone is nowadays. Even with a wasp infestation, this feeling may persist. However, any pest infestation can open the doors to problems like illnesses, damaged property, and direct threats to the health and safety of those on the premises.
 
That's why at Malang Pest Control we've honed our skills for more than 20 years to ensure we're in a position to help families keep their homes safe and ultimately pest-free. With our customized pest control services, you get organic products perfectly designed to address your specific pest concerns. Do you need wasp prevention services? Then give us a call at Malang Pest Control to speak with one of our agents about our professional wasp control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.




 

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