Are you familiar with the paper wasp? Each year, these insects create grey, egg-like nests on our Hendersonville homes during the spring, and grow their populations all year long. In the fall, when populations are maxed out, they become more aggressive as they prepare female reproductives to overwinter. This can make them a frustrating pest to have around, especially near pool areas which we tend to enjoy well into fall.
There are many do-it-yourself suggestions on the internet that promise to help you reduce or control wasps around your pool. But there are pitfalls to following this advice. Some of these suggestions will lead you to waste a lot of time without achieving any real results. Some can make your problem worse or expose your family to harmful chemical agents. It is best to stay away from DIY ideas.
- You can prevent wasps from coming into your pool area by removing or protecting attractants. Here are some examples:
- If you have a grill near your pool, make sure you keep meats in sealed containers until you're ready to throw them on the grill.
- Wasps are drawn to sweets. If you bring a drink out to the pool, consider putting it in a cup with a lid and a straw. If you have a bottle of soda, keep the top screwed on when you're not drinking from the bottle.
- Wasps feed on aphids (meats) and nectar (sweets). Removing flowers from pool areas can reduce wasp attractants.
The best way to avoid wasps in your pool area is to not have wasp nests on your property. Wasps can establish nests in many locations, some aren't so obvious. If you're seeing wasps around your pool area but don't know where they're coming from, a professional can help you solve the mystery.
All-American Pest Control offers nest removal services for Hendersonville residents. We also provide ongoing pest control service that works to address wasps all year long. With ongoing, routine pest control, you'll be able to relax when you're outside enjoying your pool. Isn't that what pools are for?