Keeping wasps out of your house is not easy. These small but nasty insects can find a way in even if you think you’ve locked every possible exit. Even worse, there are several species that tend to be hostile towards humans, making them a bigger threat than most other bugs in the same family. With around 2500 different known species of wasps, it’s hard to know where to begin when trying to avoid having one of these creepy crawlers living in your home. Wasp nests can appear anywhere from an abandoned tree stump to the eaves of your attic. In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about keeping wasps out of your house and what to do if they somehow get inside anyway.
How Are Wasps Getting Into My House?
1. Wasps love to nest in old wood.
If you live in an area where trees were once plentiful, it’s likely that there are a few old stumps or logs around your house. These can be great places for wasps to build their nests, and they are also the most common place where wasps will find their way into your home.
2. Wasps like to nest near the ground.
Wasp nests often appear near the ground, which is why they like to nest in old wood instead of higher up on a tree or building. If you notice wasp nests near windows and other high places, you may have an infestation of paper wasps. This is because paper wasps tend to build their nests inside of windows and other high places where they can easily enter your home through cracks in the sills or gaps between window trim and siding.
3. Don’t use insecticides around your house!
It’s best not to spray insecticide around your house if you suspect that a wasp has gotten inside. The insecticide kills insects but also kills bees, which help pollinate the flowers that produce food for us humans! Without these pollinators, food production could seriously drop off and we could start running out of food! Ingesting insecticide can also be dangerous if it gets onto food or drink, so always make sure not to eat any plants that had been sprayed with insecticide unless you’re 100% sure they’re not poisonous.
4. Wasps don’t like to fly in the rain.
If you live in an area where it rains a lot, chances are that wasps will be more likely to get inside your house than if you live in a dry area. Because of this, if you live in an area where wasps are a problem, try to seal all cracks and openings around your house with caulk or weather stripping as soon as possible. If you see wasps flying around while it’s raining, try not to swat them away because they will probably just fly back into your house anyway! If that doesn’t work, find some insecticide that is safe for bees and apply it around the outside of your home.
5. Wasps love bird houses and nest boxes!
Bird houses can be great places for wasps to nest because they tend to have lots of nesting material nearby, so the nests are high off the ground and out of sight when they’re built inside them! Bird houses can also be a good place for paper wasp nests because paper wasp eggs are very small (about 1mm long) and can be easily missed by people looking for nests on the ground when looking for bugs and insects nearby! I’ve found several paper wasp nests inside bird houses before! This is why birdhouses should always be treated very carefully as soon as possible after being discovered – watch out for any nests or eggs inside them! You could also try to move your birdhouses or nest boxes to a different location inside your house if they are in an area where wasps are a problem.
6. Wasps don’t like water!
If you see wasps flying around in the rain, try not to swat them away because they will probably just fly back into your house anyway! If that doesn’t work, find some insecticide that is safe for bees and apply it around the outside of your home. If you live in an area where it rains a lot, chances are that wasps will be more likely to get inside your house than if you live in a dry area. Because of this, if you live in an area where wasps are a problem, try to seal all cracks and openings around your house with caulk or weather stripping as soon as possible. If you see wasps flying around while it’s raining, try not to swat them away because they will probably just fly back into your house anyway!
What Type Of Wasp Is In Your House?
1. Paper Wasp
Paper wasps are the commonest wasp that you’ll see in your home – they’re not dangerous, but they can be annoying. They make their nests out of wood and paper and then use the wood as a frame to build their paper nests on.
Because they make their nests out of wood, if you see a nest in your house, it’s probably a paper wasp nest.
Hornets are similar to paper wasps but they don’t make their nests out of paper! Instead, hornets make their nests out of mud and grass and use them to build honeycomb cells inside which they lay batches of eggs inside! If you see any wasps flying around your home that isn’t from the families in this article, chances are that it’s a hornet nest!
3. Yellow Jacket (Wasp)
Yellow jackets are also common house pests that look like small hornets with yellow bodies – sometimes you may even hear them buzzing at night when you go to bed. They don’t sting people or pets though – instead, they hunt other insects such as flies, cockroaches, and spiders throughout the day! Yellow jackets tend to nest inside walls or under eaves where there is some kind of shelter for them. You can often find small yellow jackets outside near trees or shrubs too where there is some shelter for them because these insects need air conditioning too! If you have any yellow jacket nests around your home, try to seal all cracks and openings around your house with caulk or weather stripping as soon as possible.
Tips To Keep Wasp Out Of Your House
1. Seal All Cracks And Openings
As mentioned before, wasps will use any crack or opening in your house to get inside. When you seal them up, they can’t get in!
2. Make Your House A No-Go Zone
If you have a wasp problem in your house, try to make it a no-go zone by using orange tape or making signs that say ‘No Wasp’ outside the door of your front door or by placing an old shirt on the ground outside. This will make it clear to any wasps that are trying to get into your house and keep them out!
3. Keep Your Window Screens Clean
If you keep your window screens clean, then you’ll prevent wasps from getting inside through them – this is because if they fly into the window screen, they’re likely to be stuck there and won’t be able to fly away!
4. Remove All Food Sources For Wasps In Your House
Wasp nests are often found near areas where food is being stored such as near bird feeders, garages, and sheds where food is being kept – if there’s anything like this around your house, then it’s best not to keep any food around that area at all! Also, remove any fruit trees or flowers because these are great places for wasps to nest under.
House wasps are relatively easy to deal with, as long as you identify them early on. If you see a wasp nest in your yard or around the house, don’t try to get rid of it yourself. Get in touch with a local pest control company and let them deal with the nest. House wasps are relatively harmless and don’t pose a threat to small children or pets. It’s best to let them be and avoid them as much as you can. If you have small children or pets, it’s best to seal any holes that are big enough for a wasp to fit through. You should also keep windows closed during times when wasps are most active, like after sunset.