Tips to Protect Your Yard from Paper Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets

Are you aware that there are conditions that can make your yard more interesting to wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets? It's true. Today, we're going look at some attractants that could increase your chances of having these insects establish a nest on your property.

First, it is important to understand why it is important to remove attractants and change ideal conditions. It is less about preventing stinging insects from coming into your yard and more about making them less interested in developing a nest on your property. Why? Because social insects have a nest-protection instinct that can cause them to swarm. It is okay to get an occasional visit from wasps, hornets, and even yellow jackets. These insects help with pollination, assist with the control of spiders, and prey on insects that can damage your garden vegetables and ornamental plants in your landscaping. But, when they create a nest, you're bound to have problems. Keep this in mind.


A yard that has holes will invite yellow jackets and other stinging insects that create ground nests, to live in your yard. These may be holes created by yard pests such as gophers or ground squirrels. Yellow jackets commonly use holes dug by animals. But any hole will do. It could be a hole you've dug. It could be holes that have developed in the root structure of a tree. If you have holes, fill them in to prevent yellow jackets from moving in. There is nothing worse than being swarmed by a few dozen yellow jackets while you're mowing your lawn.


While stinging insects can establish a nest on the outside of your home, it is a good idea to do an inspection of your outside walls and seal any entry points you find. The last thing you need is a secret nest, hidden inside the voids of your home. Not only could you be unexpectedly attacked by a swarm in your yard, but those insects could find a way to come into the common areas of your home.

Human Food

Many stinging insects will feed on the foods we eat. If you have an outdoor kitchen or a grilling area, be sure to clean things up when you're done. Food left out or left stuck to surfaces can attract wasps and hornets. If these insects find a spot near your grill (or inside your grill) to create their nest, you're going to have a terrible surprise the next time you decide to eat outside.


Stinging insects aren't picky. If you have open trash, this can be an incentive for them to establish a nest nearby. Make sure all of your external trash is in sealed containers and periodically clean your trash containers to reduce smells that can attract pests.


Stinging insect feed on nectar but they're able to feed on sugary liquids too. If you leave a cup of juice or soda unattended, you could get stung when you return to take a sip. But, more than this, the presence of sweet liquids will make your yard a desirable place to be for these pests.


This is an obvious attractant. But flowers aren't the only thing that can lure stinging insects in. Sweet smells can as well. If you hang things up to create a sweet smell around your home, you could invite wasps and hornets to build a nest. They are also drawn to perfumes and colognes. Refrain from wearing these when you're outside, if possible.

Added Protection

Paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can make a nest in your yard or on your home no matter what you do to deter them. While these tips will make your yard less inviting, they don't guarantee that a nest won't develop. For added protection, it is a good idea to have a residential pest control plan that includes routine inspections and the detection of stinging insect nests. A pest control professional knows where to look for these nests and, more importantly, it is their job to do it. Even if you know where to look and what signs to look for, it is easy to forget to do routine checks and a nest can develop when you're not looking.

If you need assistance with wasp and hornet monitoring and you're in our Kansas service area, contact us. The QualityPro Certified team at Schendel Pest Services is here to help.


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