Getting Rid of Wasps in your Yard

Getting Rid of Wasps in your Yard

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Wasps can mess your whole outdoor experience, and since they come out in large numbers during summer, it could be the difference between enjoying a good barbecue in your yard with friends and nursing a nasty sting on a perfect sunny afternoon. Getting rid of wasps in your yard is a risky affair, that is why it is recommended that you contact a professional wasp removal Toronto service to do all the dirty work for you.

In case you notice wasps in your yard, chances are they have built their nest somewhere close by. The first thing you need to do is inspect your yard for a wasp nest. If the nest is hidden in broken structures, bushes, or in the trees in your property, you need a plan to get rid of them since they could pose a serious threat to you and those around you.

In case you are unable to spot any wasp nests but still have wasps hovering in your yard, then you should seek professional help from a pest control service immediately. However, if you are determined to get rid of the wasps yourself and you are sure of their location, make sure you do the following:

  • Locate the wasp nest during the day
  • Wasps are less active at night; this is the best time to attack
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Spray insecticide 12 to 15 feet away from the nest
  • Leave up to 24 hours to ensure all the wasps are killed
  • Dispose of the wasp nest in a sealed plastic bag

Getting Rid of Wasps near BBQ

Getting Rid of Wasps near BBQ

Wasps can build their nests anywhere; it just has to match their conditions. However, it’snot uncommon to find wasps using your barbecue grill as a nest, and especially if it has been sitting idle for a while. Your Barbeque grill offers them a safe place to live and build their nests, and this can be the worst time to try and use it.

You can get rid of wasps in your barbecue using several methods. In case you can light the grill carefully without alarming the wasps, go ahead and turn on the grill. It’s the most effective way since the fire and smoke will kill and scare them away, destroying the nest inside the barbecue grill.

You could also spray the barbecue grill with a pressured water hose to destroy the nest; this will deter the wasps from rebuilding in your grill. You need to note that water isn’t lethal to wasps, it will only chase them away, preventing them from further nesting. This method is very effective since it will not damage your grill.

You could also treat your grill with wasp repellant. However, after the wasps have left and died, you might need to disinfect your barbecue grill immediately in case you will want to use it again. Repellants are chemical based and could be poisonous if they get into contact with human food.

How to Get Rid of Wasps in Your Deck

Your deck is an outside version of your family room during the summer when it’shot. Your family could easily get ousted from your deck when these invasive insects decide to make a home under it. It’s important to note that your deck is a sensitive part of your home, trying to get rid of wasps here could pose some safety issues especially if you have people living with you. Your safest bet would be to contact a pest control service to help you carry out an extermination.

There are several ways you can get rid of wasps in your deck; you can use insecticides or dishwashing soap/detergent.  You can also get the job easily done by hiring a professional pest control service. Regardless of which method you decide to use, it’s better if you launch your attack at night. In the cover of darkness, you are less likely to spur them into a frenzy since they are inactive.

Also, ensure you are in the correct gear. Your skin needs to be covered in a coverall, bee hat, boots, and gloves. Insecticides will kill the wasps at first contact, any survivors returning will die once they get into contact with the contaminated nest in your deck. Check for wasp activity after 24 hours, if there is no activity, get rid of the nest under your deck by disposing it inside a sealed plastic bag. Clean your deck and have it treated with a repellant.

How to Get Rid of Wasp Nests in Bushes

Wasps will often build their nest in bushes in your yard. Due to this, the area within the bush is off limits and could pose a potential risk to anyone, including young children innocently playing in the yard close to the bushes. Wasps will defend their nest by stinging if they feel threatened.

One of the best ways of getting rid of wasps in bushes in your yard is by using pyrethrin, a natural product that is extracted from pyrethrin daisies. You could also use insecticides, or better yet contact a professional.

Before you launch your attack, make sure you inspect the wasp nest in your yard from a safe distance during the day. This is to be certain of their location. Attack the nest at night or early in the morning when they are all in the nest and least active. When you finally attack the nest with insecticide avoid directly pointing your flashlight at the nest, wasps are attracted by bright lights, and you could easily get stung.

Ensure you are properly dressed for this activity and that your skin is completely protected. Stand 12 feet away from the nest when you spray the insecticide. The wasps will normally die at first contact, therefore, ensure you spray directly into the nest. Check the nest after 24 hours; the wasps should be dead or gone. Remove the nest from the bush and dispose of it in a sealed plastic bag.

Getting rid of Wasp Nests in Trees

Getting rid of Wasp Nests in Trees

If you have trees in your yard, chances are that you could soon have a colony of wasps with a nest. Wasps are annoying pests, and a small walk in the yard could lead to getting stung. This is particularly unsafe for young children who might be mischievous enough to climb on the tree and swat at the wasps.

The presence of a wasp nest will normally trigger property owners to take matters into their own hands, and more so if there is a casualty due to their aggression. However, it’s highly advisable that you don’t attempt to remove a wasp nest without the help of a professional.

Before you launch an attack, make sure you are certain of the location of the wasp nest in the tree. Move in for the attack at night. Spray the nest with wasp repellant from a safe distance making sure you are properly dressed for this operation. The wasps will immediately succumb on contact with the pesticide. However, make sure they are completely dead before tipping off the nest into a plastic bag. It’s advisable to give up to 24 hours before attempting to remove the nest in case you are spotted by a stray wasp.

Getting Rid of Wasps Outside

Getting rid of wasps outside is a strenuous task, especially if you are unsure of the location of their nest. They could pose a potential safety problem if they hover around your property and those living with you could come face to face with the harsh realities of a wasp sting. In case you have noticed wasps hovering in your property, the first line of defence you need is prevention.

Prevention is perhaps the best and first step you should initiate when getting rid of wasps outside. Certain things normally attract wasps. If you have animal feeds, unwanted food, or open trash cans in your property, it could be reason wasps are hovering all over. Keep it in mind that sweet things will attract wasps, including, perfumes, nectar and lotions.

Also, inspect your property for a wasp nest, fix broken structures, panels, sidings, and any type of crevices that wasps could build their nests. Repellant plants such as wormwood, eucalyptus, thyme citronella are just a few plants you can plant outside your property that will help deter wasps. According to a research study that was done by The Journal of Pest Management in 2013, peppermint oil can be used as a wasp repellant. All you need to do is add a few drops of the oil in a cotton ball and place it outside to prevent the wasps from nesting in your property.

If you have done all this and still feel a wasp presence in your property, it might be time to call in the experts. They are more experienced and knowledgeable about keeping wasps away, and they should easily be able to get rid of wasps outside your property. Also, you should note that Canada has strict regulations regarding the importation and use of insecticides, makes sure you use the right brand and quality approved. Need help with wasps? Call The Exterminators: 647-496-2211.

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Joe The Exterminator
Joe The Exterminator

Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.