PUBLISHED ON October 16th, 2012
Like many members of the animal kingdom, wasps hibernate during the winter. They create their nests in places that provide shelter from the elements, and this safe haven is sometimes your porch or the surrounding yard. To avoid having to bring in a Portland pest control service for wasp control, prevent the formation of a nest in the first place by making your home unattractive to wasps.
Remove sources of food from around your porch. This means removing ripe or rotten fruits and berries from your property; using lids on outside trash cans; and moving hummingbird feeders away from your home to the trees in your yard.
Make your home inaccessible. Use caulk to seal any crevices and cracks around your porch.
Place wasp-repelling plants around your home and porch. These can include wormwood, marigold, mint, basil, pennyroyal and geranium.
Wasps are beneficial insects that pollinate plants and get rid of garden pests. They attack when provoked, which means removing a nest is not a DIY job; if you find a wasp nest on your property, call a pest control company. The experts at your Portland pest control service will have the equipment and knowledge to humanely remove a wasp nest in a way that keeps your home and family safe.