A Simple And Effective Trick To Keeping Wasps Out Of Your Costa Mesa Yard

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If you love spending time in your Costa Mesa yard, you probably hate pests that can ruin this enjoyment. Common pests that can ruin your fun are wasps. Because of their ability to sting and inject venom (over and over), they are dangerous pests that can send some victims to the hospital. Because of the risks that they pose, working to prevent wasps from nesting on your property is the best approach to keeping your home and family safe.

While all wasp species in Costa Mesa have similarities, there are actually multiple species here. To help you identify the different wasp species in the area, we’ve put together a handy guide.

  • Paper wasps: There are many species of paper wasps in the area that are known for the greyish, peppery appearance of their nests. Paper wasps are usually a brown color with yellow markings.

  • Mud daubers: This species is on the larger side and can grow to up to 2 inches long. Mud daubers are best identified by their thin, almost string-like “waists” that attach their thorax and abdomen. They get their name because they usually build nests out of dried mud.

  • Yellowjackets: This is a more aggressive species of wasp that can inject their venom multiples times. They are about 1/2 an inch long, and they have black and yellow stripes.

What Attracts Wasps To Your Yard?

In order to focus on wasp prevention, you first need to know why wasps are attracted to a yard in the first place. While each wasp species is different, and some are more aggressive or dangerous than others, they do have many similarities and will be drawn in by the same factors. Here are the main things that make your lawn appealing to these stinging insects:

  • Overgrown plants, especially bushes and shrubs

  • An excess of flowering vegetation

  • Standing water

  • Untreated hot tubs and pools

  • Sugary drinks or food outside

  • Pet food or food spills

 How To Make Your Yard Less Appealing To Wasps

Now that you know why wasps could be showing up on your property, you can take steps to prevent them. There are some simple tips you can follow to make your lawn less hospitable for wasps, and this will reduce the likelihood that wasps will build nests near your home. These are the simplest and most effective ways to deter wasps:

  • Getting rid of standing water on your property

  • Making sure that rainwater can drain effectively

  • Cleaning out gutters

  • Treating hot tubs and pools with the correct chemicals

  • Avoiding eating outside

  • If you do eat outside, cleaning up spills and crumbs right away

  • Store pet food inside if possible

While you can take many steps on your own to keep wasps away, the most effective trick to keep them away is to get help from home pest control professionals.

Safe Removal Of A Wasp Nest

If you’re looking to keep wasps out of your yard, taking steps on your own to prevent them is important, but doing so isn’t always effective. The best way to deter wasps is to work with the experts at Smart Pest Control. Our trained technicians can help you prevent wasps as well as remove any existing wasp nests. If you have a wasp nest on your property, trying to remove it on your own is dangerous, so let us handle the problem for you. Give us a call today to get started with effective wasp control!

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