Wasps are a dangerous pest that can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort if irritated or threatened. A wasp nest near your home can be very dangerous, and can greatly increase the risk of a wasp attack. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to help prevent wasps from building their nest anywhere near your home.
Food and Trash
Wasps, like all pests, are attracted to food. This means that any exposed food or trash is like a beacon to wasps, and they will seek to live as near it as possible. In order to prevent this from happening, you should seal your trashcans tightly – bungee cords can be extremely effective, but a tight fitting lid is usually more than good enough. You should also take care to remove or cover up birdfeeders as well if you notice that you're beginning to develop a wasp problem.
Making sure that your home is in good condition is a great way to prevent wasps from building a nest near it. Things like broken siding, peeling shingles, or other crevices that may develop from a lack of maintenance are ideal places for wasps to build a new nest. While ensuring that your siding, roofing, and other exterior surfaces are repaired and kept up as much as possible won't completely prevent wasps from building a nest near your home, it can definitely help reduce the risk of it occurring, and can make locating the nest for removal much easier.
Wasp decoys are fake wasp nests. Wasps will not build a new nest around an already existing one, so mounting a wasp decoy in a highly visible area can help you prevent wasps from inhabiting your yard or home. While wasp decoys may look ugly, they definitely work – if you don't want to mount it on your house because of the appearance, you can still mount it on an elevated space in your backyard to achieve the same effect.
In the event that you do have a wasp nest near your home, it's best to contact a professional to have it removed. While there do exist some do-it-yourself spray cans and other options that tend to be cheaper, their use runs the significant risk of a wasp attack. The only way to ensure that the wasp nest is removed without any danger to yourself is to get a professional pest removal expert, like one from Hadley Termite & Pest Control Inc, to do it.