Here is how to keep wasps out of attics.
It’s not unusual to find pests such as wasps setting up shop around your home.
A major problem with these pests is that they could sting when disturbed and maybe holed up in areas that aren’t readily accessible such as siding or the attic.
If you’re faced with this kind of problem, you’ll need urgent solutions.
To resolve the problem, there will be a need to identify the attraction these pests have to your attic. Also, the need to identify other vulnerable points allows for the better elimination of these pests.
There’s the preventive aspect of treatment that needs to be addressed as well.
Removal of Wasp Nest In Attic
When wasps get too close for comfort, they cause all sorts of problems.
Ordinarily, having these nesting around your yard wouldn’t pose as many risks as having their nest within your attic. Wasps will fight back when they sense danger. To limit any risks, a careful approach will be required to get the job done.
As stated earlier, you need all the information you can on how they got into your attic, why they got in and the number of nests formed. When it comes to the “how,” wasps seek out undisturbed areas to build their nests.
The attic is one of such places in a home that provides that condition.
A lot of homes have multiple openings leading to the attic. These are in the form of cracks, holes, and gaps. These provisions, coupled with certain conditions become irresistible to wasps.
A single wasp can quickly inspect a vulnerable spot only to inform other members of the colony about a suitable nesting site.
Wasp Attractions To Attics
Wasps are selective about where they nest.
In other words, they won’t get into any space they find as long as it’s not suitable. Suitability mostly involves a place to nest, as well as an abundance of food.
These two play a key role in the presence of wasps within your attic. Let’s take a look at both points.
When it comes to wasp attractions, food, and shelter are primary. Like bees, wasps will readily feed on different kinds of ripe fruits and nectar.
Homes with flowers are added incentives for these pollinators. As wasps come around for the food, it doesn’t take long before they find a suitable dwelling that attics provide.
Your attic is just one of many places wasps can search to nest. Generally, these pests seek voids and undisturbed areas to build their nests. There are lots of such areas in your home.
Examples include eaves & soffits, crawlspaces & attics, hose reels, and grills, as well as outdoor structures.
More nesting sites wasps will seek out include tree branches, window corners, porch ceilings, and beneath decks and porches. One thing that’s common with all of these areas is that they’re undisturbed.
As stated earlier, having to deal with a wasp situation in your attic can be risky.
How To Get Rid Of Attic Wasp Situation
Taking back control of your attic can be quite challenging if you have no idea what to do.
The homeowner can choose to implement a number of control options that include adopting the DIY approach, calling for professional help, or taking the preventive route.
i. DIY Control
Most pest control services advise against taking the DIY route to wasp removal for good reason.
With DIY control, anything could go wrong. First off, there’s the risk of being stung by these pests. Secondly, persons with allergies face greater risks when bees attack.
However, if you’ve handled such situations in the past, removing wasps from your attic wouldn’t be a new thing. You’ll need to put on protective gear and find the right kind of pesticide for the job.
You should know that such treatments are likely to expose members of your household to dangers. It’s best to perform this type of treatment at night when wasps are least active.
If you have any doubts about how to proceed, you’ll do well to call for professional assistance.
Professional help could be the difference between an excellent job and a messy one that might lead to stings and allergic reactions.
Again, don’t attempt to carry out wasp treatment in the attic if you’re not experienced enough as several things could go wrong.
ii. Calling for Professional Help
Your chances of having a satisfactory job are greatly increased when hiring an experienced pest technician. These are professionals with years of experience, skill, and knowledge.
They understand wasp behavior and know just how to get desired results.
Under this method are lots of treatment options to choose from. Based on findings from assessments, the technician recommends the treatment approach to adopt.
It’s important to carefully choose who you hire for this job as that will determine the results you get.
An added benefit of this method is the sealing up of openings such as cracks or gaps through which wasps get into your attic.
iii. Preventive Treatment For Attic Wasps
The preventive approach tends to be the best among all others discussed because it’s proactive and doesn’t wait until the problem happens.
It’s also the least expensive and isn’t stressful or risky to implement. Here, a number of actions are executed that range from fixing tears and holes on windows and doors.
Other measures include covering sugary drinks and food, sealing potential entry points, and clearing your yard of any fruits lying on the ground.
Also, your flower garden needs to be properly positioned. Let’s further discuss some of these points.
Covering Sugary Drinks & Food
We’ve earlier stated that sugary substances are an incentive for wasps to hang around a location. You may want to be more careful with how these are handled when outdoors.
Avoid spills and clean up any after dining outdoors (within your yard). Also, cover all sugary food and drinks.
Sealing Potential Entry Points
Wasps are opportunist insects in the sense that they find ready and ideal spots for nesting. To limit the likelihood of these getting into your attic, you’ll have to seal all entry points that lead to your attic.
Wasps in the attic are quite common and pose a danger to households. These can be eliminated by taking any of the above steps discussed.