Wasps are common in the Southern United States, and in Louisiana, summertime is the flight season when adult wasps maintain burrows and collect beetles. They buzz, can sting, and if they create a colony on your Louisiana property, they create a dangerous environment and a liability. The sting of a wasp can trigger an allergic reaction in some people and can lead to hospitalization. These pests should be prevented from taking up residence, not only for your safety but that of others as well. There are certain DIY measures that you can take to stop wasps from creating nests on your property.
Sugar and Water Wasp Traps
Wasps are attracted to sweet carbs like juice and sugar, and other sweet food sources. A sugar and water trap works by attracting wasps to fly inside the container holding the sugar water, which traps and drowns the wasp. It is a simple bait and trap solution that you can do with a pop bottle and sugary liquid of your choosing. Remove the cap and cut the top from a two-liter plastic bottle and flip the neck upside down and place it in the opening that was cut. Use duct tape to attach the pieces, creating a funnel-like opening. Pour the bait mixture inside, then create a string handle for your trap and hang it on a fence post away from gathering spaces. Dispose of the drowned wasps and refill the container with fresh bait mixture.
Grow Wasp Repelling Plants in Your Yard or Garden
Many types of flowers attract wasps because they produce sweet nectar. The more flowers that you have on your property, the more wasps they will attract. It is a great idea to add to your yard or garden plants that naturally repels wasps, like spearmint, thyme citronella, eucalyptus, and wormwood. You’ll enhance the beauty of your yard while keeping those nasty pests at bay.
While you can take simple DIY preventative measures against wasps forming a nest on your Louisiana property, the most effective solution is to call your local exterminator. Professional treatment is essential to eliminate the problem at the source. Exterminators are equipped to identify the species of wasps you are dealing with, find the colony and destroy the nests to prevent future use by wasps. They can reach nests that are built below ground by yellow jackets, for example, that are difficult to treat. Furthermore, they can perform customized treatment where necessary and give you expert advice on prevention.
While you can implement certain DIY measures to prevent wasps from forming nests on your property, like a sugar and water trap and growing wasp repelling plants in your yard or garden, professional help is still the best solution. Calling an exterminator who is knowledgeable and can offer a more permanent solution is the most effective preventative and removal measure. Contact Pied Piper Pest Control today for a thorough inspection and stress-free pest removal in and around New Orleans, LA.