Jacksonville Property Owners' Ultimate Wasp Control Guide

April 30, 2021

Here in Jacksonville, we face all sorts of different pests in and around our homes. However, few are menacing looking as the wasp. Unfortunately, they don’t just look menacing, either; they can inflict painful stings, sometimes leading to other health issues. That’s why you should do everything you can to keep wasps from coming around your Jacksonville property. This includes implementing preventative measures to help keep wasps away, and utilizing effective wasp control solutions should your Jacksonville property become overrun with these dangerous flying pests.

two wasps on wooden surface

What Do Wasps Look Like?

Asking, ‘what do wasps look like?’ is a lot like asking what snakes look like. Sure, you can give a general description, but they vary in size and color depending on the species. There are over 17,000 species of wasps in the world. Some of the wasps you may find in the Jacksonville areas include yellowjackets, paper wasps, and various hornets. Wasps typically have segmented bodies with thin waists separating the segments. They have six long and slender legs that can hang down as they fly. Wasps can be black, brown, yellow, white, or a combination of several colors. Wasps have large stingers which they can use for inflicting painful stings. Some wasps are social creatures that live in large colonies. Others are more solitary and live on their own. All in all, there are a ton of wasps you might run into on your Jacksonville property.

Threats Posed By Wasps

For the most part, all wasp stings are painful due to the injection of venom. However, for people with allergies, wasp stings can be a lot more than just painful. A single sting from a wasp, for someone with allergies, is enough to cause an allergic reaction. Multiple stings can be fatal if medical attention is not sought. Therefore, whether you’re allergic to wasps or not, you don’t want them living on your property.

Landscaping Tips To Help Avoid Wasps

Believe it or not, landscaping plays a pretty major role in wasp prevention. Not only do some plants attract wasps, but they're also are other plants that actually deter wasps from coming into your yard. Some plants that attract wasps to your yard and which you should avoid planting include:

  • Fruit trees
  • Sweet fennel
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Yarrow
  • Spearmint
  • Plants that deter wasps from coming onto your property, and which you should plant include: 
  • Basil
  • Pitcher plants
  • Pennyroyal
  • Citronella
  • Marigolds
  • Eucalyptus

More Wasp Prevention Tips

In addition to planting wasp repelling plants (and avoiding wasp attracting plants), some other steps that you can take to help keep wasps away from your property include:

  • Remove sources of wood from around your home.
  • Store all garbage in bins with tight-fitting lids.
  • Pick up any trash from around your yard.
  • Keep outdoor dining and seating areas free of food debris and spills. 
  • Fill in or cover any holes in the ground in which wasps might build their nests.
  • Trim back any vegetation from around your property.
  • Keep your lawn well-maintained.
  • Install screens in windows and exterior doors.

For More Advice & Assistance

If you have any further questions about wasp prevention, or if you are currently dealing with an infestation somewhere on your Jacksonville property, contact the professionals here at Lindsey Pest Services right away for assistance. Not only will we effectively eliminate any wasp infestations with which you are currently dealing, but we can also work with you to take the proper steps to better protect your property from future infestations, as well. So, don’t let wasps keep you from enjoying your yard. Contact us today. 


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