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What Attracts Wasps To Milford Yards?

A wasp on a piece of wood

While there are many pests that you could find invading your Milford property, few are as menacing looking as wasps. Unfortunately, they aren’t just menacing looking, either. Wasps are quite dangerous pests to have to live in or around your home. That’s because wasps have large stingers that they can use to inflict venom-filled stings on people. These stings can cause allergic reactions or result in other detrimental effects. As such, it is important to know the steps you can take to keep the wasp populations around your Milford property to a minimum. To do this effectively, you first need to know what factors attract wasps to a property in the first place. This will help you take the necessary measures to limit these factors around your yard.

Identifying Common Area Wasps

There are some 30,000 species of wasps in the world. Here in Milford, however, we only need to worry about a few of them. Some of the most common property-invaders in the area include yellow jackets, paper wasps, digger wasps, and bald-faced hornets.

Yellow jackets grow to be about ¾ of an inch long and have black and yellow markings on their bodies. Yellow jackets typically nest on the ground and will sting if they feel threatened.

Paper wasps are often confused with yellow jackets due to the yellow markings on their otherwise brown and black bodies. They build paper-like nests which is from where they get their name. Although paper wasps are not overly aggressive, they will sting if they feel threatened.

Digger wasps can grow to be half an inch long and are black with yellow stripes on their backsides. Digger wasps are solitary insects and only the females can sting although they will only do so rarely.

Bald-faced hornets are a wasp species that grow to be about an inch long. They are predominantly black with white markings on their faces and thoraxes. Bald-faced hornets can inflict painful stings that may require medical attention.

Although some wasps are more aggressive than others, most can inflict painful stings. These stings can cause anaphylactic shock or result in other health issues that require medical attention. As such, if you find any wasps on your property, you should contact the professionals right away for assistance.

Factors That Attract Wasps To Yards

Several factors might attract wasps to a property. For starters, wasps might come into your yard if there are places where they can build nests. This includes holes in the ground, spaces under eaves, or rafters under porches. Furthermore, wasps are attracted to sweet substances. Therefore, if you leave out sugary drinks or food, or if you do not secure your trash can properly, it could attract wasps to your yard. Finally, certain plants attract wasps more than others. These include sweet fennel, Queen Anne’s lace, yarrow, and spearmint.

Wasp Prevention Techniques

To keep wasps from nesting around your yard, you should try to limit any factors that attract wasps. This includes:

  • Fill in any holes in your yard where wasps could build nests.
  • Store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.
  • Ensure all outdoor dining spaces are free of spills and other food and beverage debris.
  • Refrain from planting wasp-attracting plants.
  • Plant wasp-repelling plants such as marigolds, eucalyptus, wormwood, and ferns.

Effective Wasp Control For Your Milford Property

If you find wasps living around your Milford property, do not attempt to get rid of them on your own as this could result in injury. Instead, contact the professionals here at Big Blue Pest Solutions right away for assistance. Not only will we effectively eliminate any wasps from your property, but if you opt for one of our ongoing treatment plans, we will ensure your Milford home remains pest-free all year long. Don’t let wasps threaten your family’s safety. Give us a call today to get started.