How To Keep Wasps Away

The most commonly known types of wasps are hornets and yellowjackets. While wasps can be invaluable for natural pest control – eating dead insects, spiders, and flies – their potential to injure people and pets makes them something most people want to eliminate. Apart from stinging, their persistence can be irritating and present a serious threat to those who are allergic.

Before you turn to chemical treatments, realize that chemical management of wasps and wasp nests is difficult and dangerous to attempt by yourself. Using chemicals can also harm the health of you and your family, as well as your pets and the environment.

Prevention

Prevention is always the first step in keeping wasps out of your home and yard. Wasps buzz in and out of people’s yards and decide to form nests in any opportune spots your home might provide. Keep them away by removing tempting food/beverage, especially sweets like soda, and covering trash cans. Think about anything and everything they may be attracted to, which includes pet food and even bird food.

Home maintenance

It’s also important to maintain the structure of your home and its fixtures by walking around it and checking for any areas that need repair. Broken siding or panels, or any other type of crevices, make ideal places for a wasp to build her nest. Be sure that all of your screens, windows, and doors are in proper working order to keep out insects. Check around your yard too, searching for rodent holes and potential burrows that could make a perfect home for wasps. Fill the hole with dirt so they can’t use it.

Decoys

Wasp decoys are especially effective for paper wasps, which are territorial and generally won’t build a nest that’s within 200 feet of another one. Placing a decoy on each side of your home can deter them from moving in.

Grow wasp-repelling plants

Plants like spearmint, thyme, citronella, eucalyptus, and wormwood serve as natural wasp deterrents. Grow them in your yard or garden in an area you’d like to enjoy wasp-free. In addition to their ability to chase the insects away, they naturally add beauty and fragrance.

Use peppermint essential oil

Not only do wasps stay away from spearmint, they don’t seem to like any type of mint, which is why peppermint oil can be so effective at repelling them.

A study published in the Journal of Pest Management Science in 2013, reported outstanding results with peppermint oil. In addition to planting any type of mint in your garden, you can simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to cotton pads and place them strategically around the outside of your home where wasps like to build nests, such as porch roofs, under eaves, and other crevices and ledges. Target spots where you’ve discovered nests in the past, because some types of wasps repeatedly build new nests in the same locations.

A wasp repelling essential oil blend

The same research referenced above, also found that a blend of lemongrass, clove, and geranium essential oils completely repelled worker wasps. Apply a mix of several drops of each of the oils in a spray bottle filled with water and add a few squirts of dish soap. Coat the areas outside of your house in places wasps are known to build nests.

Sugar & water wasp traps

These traps work by attracting wasps to fly inside a container that offers a tempting treat like sugar water, but they aren’t able to escape once they make their way in. You don’t need to buy one, you can make your own in just minutes by cutting the top from a two-liter bottle and inverting it inside the bottom. Once the wasps go in the bottle they can’t figure out how to get out, so they get trapped and die. You can increase the odds of success by locating the trap near a nest entrance.

We can help

No matter how intimidating or pervasive your wasp problem, you can trust that Amco Ranger knows exactly how to handle it and make sure they don’t return. Give us a call today if you need help getting rid of wasps at your home or business in Cottleville, St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Charles, St. Louis, and surrounding communities.

What Draws Mosquitoes To Some People More Than Others?

Not only are mosquitoes attracted to some people more than others, but they may be attracted to you after different activities. By what strange alchemy does this occur? Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others? According to scientists, it’s mostly chemistry.

Some people naturally produce more of the specific chemicals that attract mosquitoes than others. Your blood type also has some bearing on whether or not mosquitoes will find your delectable or not. Your metabolic rate also impacts the choices that mosquitoes make when targeting their victims. 

People Who Love To Exercise

After a wonderful jog, you may find yourself a feast for mosquitoes. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid. Lactic acid builds up in your muscles and joints and causes cramps. More lactic acid equals more mosquitoes. 

Yet there is one other reason why mosquitoes like folks who have just finished jogging. They tend to have a higher metabolic rate than others around them. Nature’s great gift to the mosquito is the capacity to sense carbon dioxide. Since mosquitoes feed on mammals, and all mammals exhale carbon dioxide, what better way for a mosquito to find food than to locate the nearest carbon dioxide? 

Metabolic Rate and Mosquito Attraction

As mentioned earlier, the primary way that mosquitoes sense prey is by detecting the carbon dioxide that they exhale. Those with a higher resting metabolic rate will tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than those with a lower resting metabolic rate. Both pregnant women and obese people tend to have higher metabolic rates. If you’re not interested in purchasing a can of mosquito repellant (doctors recommend those with 15% DEET) then you can minimize the impact that mosquitoes will have on you by keeping at least one pregnant woman or obese person at arm’s length at all times.

What else raises your metabolic rate? Alcohol! Initially, researchers believed that the secretion of ethanol through sweat attracted these little buggers. But one study showed that simply wasn’t the case. Instead, it makes you breathe faster creating more CO2.

Type-O Blood

Those with Type-O blood aren’t just going to have a hard time in the hospital if they need a transfusion, they are also much tastier to mosquitoes. One study showed that mosquitoes landed on those with Type-O blood twice as often as those with other blood types. 

Additionally, around 85% of folks send out a chemical signal indicating what their blood type is. Mosquitoes were far more attracted to those who secrete than those who didn’t, and they were the most attracted to those with Type-O blood who secreted. Sorry, guys.

Ankle Biters and Bacteria

One study showed that mosquitoes are more attracted to certain types of bacteria that naturally live on our skin than they are other types of bacteria. Our feet tend to be the areas where we have the most bacteria. Additionally, mosquitoes can’t fly very well in the wind. Even 1 mph of wind is more than the tiny mosquito can handle. For that reason, then tend to stick close to the ground. 

The Color Of Your Clothing

Did you go through a phase in high school where you wore a lot of black clothing? If so, you may remember that you were more attractive to mosquitoes. Since mosquitoes stick close to the ground to avoid flying problems in the wind, they rely on the contrast between your clothing and the horizon to differentiate you from a car or some other inanimate object that emits carbon dioxide. Wearing light clothing can minimize your attractiveness to mosquitoes. 

Genetic Factors

While scientists have yet to isolate every variable that makes one person attractive to mosquitoes and another person naturally repellant, genetic factors are believed to make up 85% of the difference. At this point in time, no gene modification treatment can reduce your mosquito exposure, but if you can find someone who is more attractive to mosquitoes than you are, you can essentially create a lightning rod. 

Insect Repellant

Today, many folks apply insect repellant in the hopes of warding off mosquitoes. Cities are all spraying overhead to reduce mosquito populations. These pesky critters are the bane of human existence. No one wants to be bitten by a flying vampire. 

Talk To A Missouri Pest Control Expert Today

One thing you can do to ward off mosquitoes is to stay indoors during dusk and dawn (when they’re the most active). But your home needs sufficient screens that are small enough to keep these critters away. Talk to Amco Ranger pest control today about creating a veritable fortress to keep these buggers out where they belong!