In Mississippi, wasps are very common, and they are not the kind of creatures you want hanging around your home, putting you, children, family, pets, and friends in danger of being stung. Prevention is key with wasps. You want to avoid them especially during summer or spring, as that is when they are most active.
While wasps are good for pollination and protecting crops, they sting and can cause allergic reactions. So, before they set-up shop and decide to build a nest on your porch, or close to by, you can explore these options aimed at protecting your home from wasps.
Protect Your Mississippi Home from Wasps
One of the best and most proactive treatment plans to keep your family safe from wasps is to make changes to your behaviors, such as how food and drinks are handled outdoors.
Inspection for Wasp Nests
You can walk around your property and garden space to check if there are any wasps’ nests around. Finding a wasp nest early means there are not many wasps present yet. Of course, that is easier to deal with than the golf ball-sized nest that they are likely going to work on over time.
If one big nest is not scary enough, some Mississippi residents end up dealing with multiple, which is when things really get tough.
Try Securing Garbage Cans
You can ensure that the garbage cans in the yard outside have securely fitting lids that are being used effectively. Also, keep outside cans some distance away from openings, so wasps don’t get attracted to what’s inside.
Keep Doors and Windows Closed
The weather in Mississippi is nice and all but if want a wasp-free situation, it is best if you keep the windows and the doors shut when necessary, to keep wasps from entering your home. Once they enter, it is a chore to get them to leave just like some of your neighbors.
Steer Clear-Avoid Wasps and Wasp Nests
If you notice any nests around, try to keep away. Keep your children and pets away from the wasps too. Do not try to knock the nests down as doing so can end very painfully.
Soap and Water
As simple as it sounds, it is quite effective. Mixing two tablespoons of liquid soap with water in a spray bottle is an eco-friendly way to go. After filling the bottle and giving it a few shakes, it is time to spray it all over their tiny hanging nests. The soap in the mixture can clog the spiracles, which are their breathing pores, and cause them to die in short order.
Peppermint Oil-Repel Wasps
This is also an effective choice for repelling wasps. The scent from the oil can scare both them and other insects off. You can try using a dehumidifier or a spray bottle to disperse it (like you would with the soap and water).
Structural Repairs for Wasp Prevention
While having wasps inside your Mississippi home can be incredibly annoying, they cannot get in without an entry point. Eliminating such a path is the logic behind the earlier tip of keeping windows and doors closed when you can.
However, it is not unheard of for a wasp to fly through a window screen or a closed door from time to time. Of course, the wasps cannot phase through a solid object, but cracks and holes are perfect entryways. Unfortunately, these pests are not looking to exit as easily as they entered.
Your best bet is to implement some preventative maintenance where you may have cracks. They are unwanted openings around the home. For example, inspect siding areas where power lines may enter your home and seal unnecessary openings. Window screens also often have holes that can pose a huge problem, so you may want to address them too.
Try taking this task on during the fall as worker wasps have all but died at this point. Going this route makes the maintenance work safer, and you should be ready well before the spring nests take shape.
Here is one of the more unfamiliar but effective methods of dealing with wasps around your home. Since Mississippi residents tend to be afraid of being stung, taking a confrontational approach is often out of the cards.
Using wasp traps is among the more passive solutions that can turn things around for you. The idea is to have a container with a treat inside that is known to be irresistible to wasps. Sugar water is an excellent example. When a wasp finds itself in the liquid, escape becomes impossible.
The best part is you do not need to worry about heading to the store or trying to find a local manufacturer of wasp traps. You can purchase a prebuilt trap if you so desire, but the point is doing so is not required.
Instead, you can take a 2-liter bottle, saw off the top, and invert it inside the bottom. Note that placement is a big part of pulling this off effectively. That is because some wasps in Mississippi are doing nothing more than passing through your yard. Your intention is to catch the ones that have decided that your home is their home too. So, you should always try to put your traps as close to the nests as possible.
Consider a Professional Solution-Synergy² Jackson Pest Control
All the potential solutions above are incredibly viable ways of handling your wasp problem. However, some of them expose you to the possibility of being stung by a wasp, while others may not be feasible or effective in your unique situation.
If this is the case or you simply do not feel like taking it into your own hands, your best bet is to call in the professionals to handle this pesky problem. Doing so grants you peace of mind, safety from stings, and a complete removal at the end.
Experts use proven methods to ensure a safe and reliable wasp nest treatment in no time. Some areas are dangerous based on the number of nests present, and some are simply hard to reach. Thankfully, wasp nest removal experts are not fazed by either of these issues. Why not call today to schedule your treatment?
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