Tips for Keeping Hornets and Wasps Away

While bugs in general are a pesky situation throughout the summertime, there’s one thing that can make these pests worst:

Stingers.

Insects with stingers aren’t just annoying, but they are a danger to your family and friends. Especially if you have a family member who is allergic to bees—keeping these flying, stinging insects away from your home may be a crucial part of your summer up-keeping. No matter what your reason is for keeping them away, we’ve compiled tips and tricks to help you succeed at preventing hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets from invading your home and yard.

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Keep Wasp Spray Handy

If you already have spotted hornets around your home, wasp and hornet spray is a necessity to keeping your family free from stings. With these, you can spray wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets from a far distance (often over 20 feet) to ensure that you are kept safe from their stingers. You can also use these sprays to kill entire nests, which is a tough job on its own. Having wasp spray handy will help ensure that your family is safe from any stings this summer.

Use a Trap

There are many different kinds of traps that can help eliminate your wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket problem. Some of the easiest traps are hanging traps that just require water. These hanging traps include no poison or chemicals, so you can hang them close to your home and know your family is safe. Other hanging options include a reusable trap that uses attractant to lure insects inside as well as glass hangers that keep your yard looking stylish.

If you’re looking for an extremely effective way to trap insects, consider investing in an electric trap. One like the Dynatrap Insect Trap will keep up to one acre completely free of insects, including hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets. This trap uses a UV fluorescent light bulb to generate a warm light and attract the insects to it. If you’re looking to clear your yard of flying insects, the Dynatrap is an easy and effective way to do just that.

Say Hi to the Birds

Many birds eat insects as a primary food source, which includes hornets, bees, and wasps. By welcoming birds into your yard, you’re welcoming a natural insect repellent into your yard. Consider adding a bird feeder (or a few) around your home to keep the birds present and to keep your yard their main location to find food.

Set Up a Repellent Lamp

Repellent lamps are great to use as a way to prevent wasps and hornets from making your yard their home. These repellent lamps can be easy-to-use popup lanterns or they can be more intricate, like the DecoShield Decorative Insect Repellent. Both of these are great ways to take preventative actions against those flying, stinging insects.

Other popular repellents include candles that release repellent when burned as well as GoClips, which are ideal to clip to lawn chairs, clothing, or bags. By using a repellent, you’re helping keep those pesky wasps and hornets out of your yard.

Seal Your Home

The only way to keep wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets out of your home is to ensure that there is no way they could enter. By using a sealant, whether silicone or expanding foam sealant, on every crack, hole, or other kind of opening around your home, you’ll be protecting your family from having a wasp invasion. Failing to seal these openings could cause you to have a more serious and harder problem to fix if these flying insects choose to invade.


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Wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and other flying, stinging insects can all put a damper on your family’s summer fun. At Taylor’s Do It Center, we’re happy to help you with your insect problem. Stop by one of our eleven locations around Hampton Roads and ask one of our professionals for solutions to your bug problems. We’re happy to help!

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