Remove and Seal Food Sources
Keep garbage cans sealed and refrain from leaving food outside. Wasps are also drawn to just about any food, from meat to sweets to fruit. If you have fruit trees on your property, be sure to clear the fruit regularly to avoid attracting wasps closer to your home.
Avoid Perfumes or Scented Lotions
Lotion and perfume with strong, sweet floral scents also attract wasps. If you plan on being outdoors where there are plants and flowers, wear unscented or lightly scented products.
Avoid Bright Clothing
Likewise, avoid wearing bright-colored clothing if you plan on being outdoors for a prolonged period of time. Also avoid floral patterns or patterns of any sort. Instead, wear solid neutral tones like tan, white, and grey.
Use Pesticides as a Last Resort
Pesticides are often the go-to solution for getting rid of any kind of pest, but with wasps, it's best to keep it as a last resort. Not only do few pesticides fully eliminate wasp nests, but they can also pose a safety threat if improperly applied.
Pesticides for wasp control come in aerosol, foam, and organic varieties. Whichever you choose, go with one that offers the widest coverage in one attempt. Otherwise, you can risk swarming and end up getting stung.
Once you've thoroughly sprayed the nest, wait at least 24 hours before checking it. Repeat the process if you see any wasp activity. If not, it should be safe for you to remove the nest and dispose it.
Safety in Wasp Control
Protecting yourself is crucial in doing wasp control on your own. Wasps can be highly volatile and will not hesitate to sting anything that threatens their nest.
Dress head to toe in multiple layers of impenetrable material. Cover openings around eyes, ears, and ankles. Use gloves and protective eye gear. It may seem like a lot, but it's necessary to avoid wasp stings.
Make sure that any attempt at wasp control leads to full eradication of the wasps and the nest. Otherwise, you could be inviting the wasps back to recreate the same problems.