How to Keep Wasps Away from your Home


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Many pests are a bother but don’t pose any threat to humans. Stinging insects, on the other hand, are a different matter, with wasps being one of the most common and troublesome varieties. While wasps may not cause direct damage to properties or spread diseases, their stings can be painful and even cause allergic reactions in some individuals who may face serious health risks. Understanding what attracts wasps to certain homes and implementing effective prevention measures can help residents keep these stinging insects at a safe distance. We explore this topic, today on the blog.

What you need to know about Nashville wasps

There are three types of wasps that you should be concerned with, living in Middle Tennessee.

  1. Yellow jackets are the most notorious wasp species in Nashville. They can create their nests in the ground, making it much easier to stumble upon one of these dwellings by accident. Yellow jackets get aggressive easily, and each of these insects can sting several times.
  2. Paper wasps typically are red in color. They will not sting unless they are provoked but they will protect their territory–namely, their nest. Like yellow jackets, paper wasps can sting multiple times.
  3. Mud daubers are identified by their lengthy body and slender waist. That makes them easy to identify. They’re the least likely of the wasp species to swarm you, but their stings still hurt.

What draws wasps to a certain home?

Wasps don’t just show up at random outside your home. They’re attracted by something, or a combination of different factors.

These attractants include:

  • Nectar-rich flowers: Wasps are drawn to flowers that provide nectar, especially those with bright colors and sweet scents, as they mimic the characteristics of the blooms.
  • Spilled sugary liquids: Leftover sugary liquids or protein-packed foods outside can attract wasps in search of a carbohydrate or protein source.
  • Shelter for nest building: Wasps seek safe and protected areas to build their nests, making homes with cracks, crevices, or voids an attractive option.

So what specific items or conditions attract wasps?

The list includes:

  • Fruit
  • Bright colors
  • Sweet scents
  • Flower patterns
  • Some areas that offer shelter.

Wasp prevention tips

  1. Remove food and drinks promptly: After eating outside, make sure to clean up thoroughly. Any food and drinks left sitting can attract wasps.
  2. Secure trash cans: Cover trash cans with lids that close tight to prevent wasps from being attracted to food scraps.
  3. Seal cracks and crevices: Close any cracks and crevices in your doors and windows. Even a very small crack could be a potential entry point.
  4. Maintain screens: Repair or replace screens on windows and doors to prevent wasps from entering your home.
  5. Professional inspection and nest removal: A wasp nest looks like a gray blob of organic material. It could be tiny, meaning the nest is new, or quite large. Naturally, the bigger the nest, the more wasps that reside in it. If you notice a wasp nest on your property, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Seek the expertise of your local pest control professionals in Nashville.

Wasp control in Nashville and Murfreesboro in Tennessee

When wasps pose a threat to your Nashville property, seeking professional assistance is the most effective solution. Ameri Care Services offers comprehensive wasp control services, including inspection, nest removal, and preventive measures. Our technicians use environmentally friendly products, ensuring the safety of your family and the surrounding environment.

To learn more about how we treat for wasps or any of the other pest control services offered at Ameri Care Services, schedule a consultation today by visiting our website or calling (615) 893-7111.