How to Prevent Wasp Nests in Your Garden

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Our homes and gardens are the places where we spend most of our free time, so it’s understandable we want to make them safer for us and our families. This is why we install expensive alarm systems, we buy strong doors and windows, we build high fences, and we do everything else possible to protect our properties from people, who want to steal and destroy them. But what we don’t realise entirely, is the fact there are much more dangerous things we should worry about. Such things are the wasps, of course. They can be found practically everywhere. They usually stick around gardens and places where they can find some spilled food like sweets or meat. They are really aggressive and they won’t hesitate to attack a human, if they feel he’s endangering their nest. Everything shows they are vicious and we shouldn’t get anywhere near them. But once we’ve already had wasps in our garden, the chances are they will eventually come back. This is why we should learn how to prevent wasp nests, so we can make sure this will never happen again. Here are a few tips, which should help you with that.

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Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    Check the garden. The first and most important thing you should do, is to check your entire garden very thoroughly. You should look for small cracks and holes, where wasps may have hidden in order to create a nest. Wasps also choose these places to come inside your home and find something to eat. You should locate all these spots and seal them for good. Filling up these cracks is also good for many other reasons, one of which is the fact that your winter bills should be reduced a little. You should also take a close look at all your trees and shrubs, trim the hedges and the trees, inspect all the stonework, because they are usually the first choice wasps would make for a nest.

  • Step 2

    Add light. Maybe you don’t know, but wasps like to build their nests in dark and cool places, where they can live and breed undisturbed by people. So, it’s understandable that you can mostly find them inside shrubs or under the deck. If you want to prevent new nests from appearing, you should check these dark places first, and add some light to them. It can be natural or artificial light, the important part is for it to be there. This way the wasps won’t find the place attractive for their nest and they will leave you alone.

  • Step 3

    The timber. When they live in a wild environment, wasps often build their nests on trees or inside them. So, it’s normal for them to look for a similar environment in your homes. If you have wooden features in your garden, you should make sure there is no way for the wasps to crawl behind or under them and start nesting. The best solution for this problem is to buy a special wasp repellent. You just need to spray it all over the wooden surface, and the wasps won’t even come near it. Just be careful, because if there’s already a nest in your garden, the repellent will make the wasps really angry. And you don’t want that.

  • Step 4

    Regular inspections. Checking your garden for holes and dark places once won’t be enough. After all, even if you check the place once, some wasps may come over the next day and start growing their colony anyway. This is why some regular inspections of some of the potential nest spaces are more than useful

  • Step 5

    Hire pest control.Even if you’re sure you can deal with a wasp problem all by yourself, you should consider hiring some exterminators to help you. They can get rid of the wasps for you, and they are always full of useful tips and suggestions, which will help you keep them away. Sometimes the wisest thing to do is to let someone help you in need.

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