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Buckeye Arizona Homeowners’ Ultimate Wasp Control Guide

Updated: Mar 20

From a young age, most people are taught or learn from observing, that to wave away bees is to move

away from them. The term ‘bees’ often also encompasses wasps. However, bees and wasps are two

different species of insects. Both are beneficial to the environment in many ways, but wasps can

become an unwelcome and potentially dangerous insect in the yard. The wasp family, which includes

hornets, is by nature, a more aggressive species.





Identifying Wasps


There are over 30,000 species of wasps, but you don’t have to worry about identifying all of

them. The majority of wasp species are solitary, meaning they do not form colonies. On the other

hand, social wasps form colonies and some notable social wasps are hornets and yellow jackets.

Wasps can be identified and distinguished from bees by the shape of their bodies. Wasps appear

to have waists, a slender part of their body between their thorax and abdomen.


The most recognizable coloring for wasps is yellow and brown. However, wasps can be a

multitude of colors from blues to reds. It is important to note that only female wasps are larger

and have stingers. Because of this, females will often stay closer to the nests. This means that

disturbing a wasp’s nest will most likely get you stung.


Guarding Your Yard and Home From Wasps


Although wasps can provide pest control for your property and pollinate plants, they can also be

harmful to you, your family, and pets. When it comes to wasps, their prevention can be handled

using several techniques that won’t require the use of chemicals. The following list is compiled

of natural preventative plants to have or not have that will help keep your home and family

protected.


Plants To Have In Your Yard:

Basil, mint, and cucumbers are three plants that will do double duty for you buy fueling

your culinary needs and keeping wasps away from your home.

Citronella is commonly used to keep mosquitoes away, but the smell will also deter

wasps.

Eucalyptus is an excellent insect deterrent both as a rooted plant and dried leaves in your

home.

Pitcher plants are less of a deterrent and more of a control plant, as they are carnivorous

and trap insects to use for their own nutrition - including wasps.


Plants To Avoid In Your Yard:


 - Queen Ann’s Lace

 - Yarrow

- Fruit trees


Although it is best to avoid having plants and trees that attract wasps to your property, that does

not mean you can’t enjoy them with proper care. Make sure to not over-plant spearmint and

sweet fennel if you cannot keep up with the maintenance. When it comes to fruit trees, make sure

to pick the fruit as soon as it ripens. The longer you wait to pick fruit, the sweeter it will become,

and the more irresistible it will be to a wasp.


Other Wasp Prevention Tips


Properly maintaining your plants and garden may not be enough to protect your property against

wasps. You will also want to:

- Be sure to correctly store all garbage and don't leave food out.

- Keep hummingbird feeders away from your home.

- Fill any holes with cement or grass as solitary wasps look to make their homes in such

cavities.


Professional Wasp Prevention


Any pest can be overwhelming to deal with on your own and wasps more so than others because

of the threat of being stung. For help with prevention or the safe removal of an active nest,

contact the professionals at Triton Pest Control.


Locally founded out of Buckeye, Arizona, the experts at Triton Pest Control know how

to keep their neighborhood safe from unwanted pests and invasive weeds. Pest control is made

even easier with the availability of their online booking. Call us today and find out why

Buckeye homeowners trust Triton for all their wasp control needs. We are known as one the tope pest control providers in Buckeye with a reputation of top customer service, and 100% effective Pest Control treatments.