There are many things that can make your Tennessee home attractive to wasps and European hornets. Some of them might actually surprise you. For example, most people wouldn't consider holes in their yard to be an attractant for yellow jackets but they are. Yellow jackets prefer to create ground nests and are known to use holes created by ground squirrels, gophers and other animals. If you have holes in your yard, you have a higher risk of these aggressive wasps moving in. Let's take a look at a few more things stinging insects find attractive.
Do you have trees on your property? This could lure wasps and hornets into your yard. Stinging insects can develop paper nests in trees. These nests hang from branches or are created inside the cavity of a tree. The cavity of a log is also a suitable location for stinging insects to establish a nest.
Do you have overhangs on your property? If you have a house, you're going to have overhangs. Sheds, garages, barns and outbuildings have overhangs as well. These overhangs provide protection from the weather and are ideal for paper wasps and other stinging insects.
Do you have bugs in your yard? Many stinging insects paralyze insects and bring them back to their nests to feed their offspring. A yard with lots of bugs is going to be a paradise for wasps and hornets.
Do you have plants? If you do, you're likely to have aphids and scale insects. These plant-damaging pests excrete honeydew, which wasps and hornets feed on. The more plants you have, the more wasps you're likely to have visiting your property and the more likely they will develop a nest.
Do you have flowers? This is a no-brainer. Stinging insects feed on the nectar of flowers. They will feed on the nectar of flowering plants as well. All of those flowers in your yard are a big attractant for stinging insects.
Do you cook food in your backyard? Whether you have an outdoor kitchen or a grill, cooking food in the backyard can lure in paper wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. The insects will grab human foods and condiments for their protein and carbohydrates.
Do you drink sweet liquids? Don't leave soda cans, fruit juice, and other sweet beverages unattended. Stinging insects can be lured in by these. They drink them up just like they drink nectar. It is a good idea to have cups with covers or put the cap on bottles if you're going to be drinking outside. This could prevent a lip sting, which is super painful.
Do you have a brightly colored home? If your home has vibrant colors, stinging insects can mistake it for flower patches from a distance. Flower patterns painted on surfaces and fabrics can attract attention too.
Do you have sweet-smelling things in your yard? Some sweet smells can draw wasps and other stinging insects into your yard. As with bright colors, this has to do with them thinking that there are flowers. Perfumes and colognes don't just draw the opposite sex, they can lure unwanted attention from insects that feed on flowers, including mosquitoes. Yes. Mosquitoes feed on the nectar of flowers. In fact, they feed on sugar more than they feed on blood.
Do you have exterior trash? Stinging pests aren't picky. They can find a bite to eat in your garbage. Make sure all of your trash bags are put into sealed receptacles and keep those receptacles clean on the outside to keep the smells from drawing pests in.
Stinging Insect Control
There are so many things that can draw papers wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and other stinging insects into your Tennessee yard. Many of them you can't do all that much about without making alterations you probably don't want to make. So, what is the solution for stinging insects? The best solution is to have routine inspections from a licensed pest control professional. This will give you fast detection and proactive control of developing nests.
The real problem isn't that wasps, hornets, and other stinging pests come onto your property. It is that they build nests. Social insects have a nest-protection instinct that can cause them to swarm and attack. With ongoing monitoring and control, you can prevent this.
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