Here are some basic tips to help prevent wasps from finding their way into your home:
- Remove or seal food sources: Wasps are attracted to protein, which explains why they show up at family cookouts. Open garbage cans, pet food, or even scraps left on your grill can draw the pests to your lawn. Sweet foods, like rotting fruit, are also calling cards for wasps. If you have fruit trees on your property, you will need to be extra diligent about cleaning up the fallen produce.
- Avoid perfume or scented lotions: Sweetly scented lotions and floral perfumes smell like food to a hungry wasp; even scented shampoos can bring you their unwanted attention.
- Do not squash a wasp: As tempting as it may sound, squashing or stepping on a wasp is bad for wasp control. Once the pest is squashed it releases a scent that acts like a magnet, bringing in more wasps from nearby. These new wasps are likely to be agitated by the scent as well, and therefore more likely to be aggressive.
- Avoid bright clothing: Bees and wasps are attracted to brightly colored or patterned clothing. Red would be a particularly bad choice to wear at your next neighborhood picnic.