When it comes to pests, there are few that are worse than yellow jacket wasps. In fact, these are some of the most aggressive pests that can invade your home. They are extremely territorial and are a pretty big problem in North Carolina. There are a few things you can do to keep these flying menaces away.
Attack the Nest
If you already have yellow jackets in your yard, the first step to keeping them away is to get them out. Yellow jackets nest both above ground and below ground. If they are under ground, pour soapy water down their nest at night. Do not do it during the day, because they more active. You are not only more likely to get attacked during the day, but also many of the wasps won't be in the nest at that time. If they have made a nest above ground, you need to purchase some kind of wasp killer from a local home improvement store. Most of the time, wasp killing sprays have a range of 20 feet or more. This prevents you from having to get too close to the nest.
Remove Sugar and Protein
Once you have dealt with the nest, it's time to get rid of what attracts yellow jackets: sugar and protein. Yellow jackets primarily eat protein (usually in the form of other insects), but during the fall, they also incorporate sugar into their diets. They do this because sugar is what helps increase their lifespan and expand their reproductive functions. Some common sources of sugar include desserts and sodas. However, you should also avoid feeding hummingbirds. The feed for hummingbirds is basically just sugar water, and it will attract wasps from all over.
The last tip can help repel yellow jackets quickly but is not a permanent solution to your problem. If you're having a backyard party and yellow jackets are hanging around, put out slices of cucumber all over the yard. Cucumber is a very unusual repellent, but it works because it has a type of acid property that wasps simply do not like. Try putting some in a cup by a picnic and watch as yellow jackets keep their distance.
If you have any more questions about yellow jacket control, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.