Notorious predators of annoying insects like flies, wasps can be helpful allies around your lawn & garden. However, they can be a potentially dangerous hazard, too. In addition to the occasional painful sting, wasps can pose a health risk to our children and pets, especially for those knowingly or unknowingly allergic.

Struggling with wasps but don't want to use toxic chemicals around your lawn, home, or family? We got you covered. Here are 5 tips for keeping wasps out of your yard without harsh chemicals.

1. REMOVE ATTRACTANTS

Prevention is the most effective form of wasp control. Removing or sealing items that attract wasps like pet food, bird feeders, and food scraps is essential.

Similarly, maintaining or repairing common wasp nest locations like broken siding, panels, rain gutters and window sills is crucial.

2. REMOVE THEIR FOOD (other bugs)

Wasps feed on smaller insects that commonly live in our lawns. By removing these food sources you can substantially reduce the number of wasps near your yard and home.

Using family and pet-safe Outdoor Bug Control (aka PCO Choice), treat your entire lawn, including shrubbery and bases of trees. Apply twice the first month two weeks apart, and just monthly after that, or more often as needed.

Not only will this help keep the wasps away, but also other unwanted bugs like fleas, ticks, ants, mosquitoes, chiggers, roaches, Japanese beetles, scorpions and more!

 

 

3. GROW WASP-REPELLING PLANTS

Certain fragrant plants like mint, citronella, thyme, eucalyptus and wormwood are known to naturally repel wasps. Install them throughout high traffic wasp areas and wherever you and your family spend the most time outside.

4. ESSENTIAL OIL SPRAY

Research shows that essential oils like cedarwood, lemongrass and more can do wonders for removing or deterring wasps and their nests.

Using All-Purpose Bug Spray or Cedarcide Outdoor Bug Spray, both of which are handcrafted with essential oils, thoroughly spray the areas outside your home that attract the most wasps to prevent nests from forming. Repeat twice monthly for best results, or more often as needed.

Due to the risk of stings, we do not suggest spraying wasps or their nests directly with All-Purpose Bug Spray. To spray wasps or their nests directly, we suggest using Cedarcide Outdoor Bug Spray. Exercising caution, spray the nests from a safe distance using the included Hose End Sprayer. ThIs will kill any wasps currently in the nest and help repel future wasps from the area.

 

 

5. HANG FALSE NESTS

Wasps are territorial and so they tend to avoid areas where another colony has already built a nest. Which is why hanging a few false nests can deter wasps or get an active nest to relocate.

Make your own false nests at home by filling a brown paper lunch bag with crumpled newspapers. Tie off the top of the bags and hang them near known wasp trouble areas, such as patios, eaves, and doorways.

August 10, 2019 — Corinna Henderson

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