Summer is the perfect time to enjoy your backyard, patio, deck, or balcony, right? Well, if you have a wasp problem, chances are you aren’t. And who can blame you? A nest full of these flying little demons can quickly become aggressive, sending you, your family (and even your pets) scurrying indoors for cover. So do fake wasp nests work really? The pest control pros give their expert advice.

Like many homeowners, you’ve probably done exhaustive research on the numerous ways to keep wasps from setting up camp on your property. Hardware stores, home and garden shops, online, Aunt Jenny’s homemade “bug off” elixir, you name it, you’ve undoubtedly explored a slew of options in the hopes of stacking the deck in your favour against these unwelcomed guests. If this sounds like you, then you’ve probably come across fake nests—a non-toxic deterrent designed to trick wasps into staying away. So, the question is, do they actually work?

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What’s the low down, do fake wasps nests work?

There are a ton of fake wasp nests out there, from the DIY varieties (think brown paper bags, newspaper, and tape) to the ready-made brands sold online and in stores.

Fake nests work off the premise that wasps are extremely territorial and will stay away from an area that already has a nest in order to avoid confrontations. So, hopefully, when they see your fake nest, they will think another colony of wasps has claimed your home and will fly right by, looking for greener and less dangerous pastures.

OK! I got it, but what’s the buzz on their effectiveness?

Hold your horseflies, we’re getting there. The truth of the matter is that there is simply no clear evidence that fake nests are an effective strategy in wasp prevention. Sure, a lot of the companies that manufacture fake wasp nests claim that they are a great tool when it comes to keeping your home wasp-free, but there are scores of customers stating that fake nests did absolutely nothing to stop wasps from invading their backyards. In fact, some people even claimed that wasps actually moved into the fake ones, opening up a whole new can of worms.

What Others Say About Decoy Wasp Nest

Jo Canning writes a post entitled “Me and the Hornet Queen: When the Wasp Decoys Don’t Work” on MGABC (Master Gardner Association of BC)

Science World’s website includes a posting entitled “Do Fake Wasp Nests Fool Wasps?

OK, Our Wasp Queen Isn’t Fooled By The Fake Nest

If the fake wasp nest is not working for you, and you are still looking for a DYI option to deal with pesky wasps or hornets around your backyard BBQ, you may want to consider this Wasp Trap from the Solutions Pest Control online store.

If you have a large property, or a large family you may wish to get a 3 pack.

So, what’s a person to do?

Now that you know the jury’s still out on the effectiveness of fake wasp nests, you might be struggling with the idea of removing an actual wasp nest yourself. After all, how bad could it be? We’re here to tell you, you could be fighting an uphill battle. Wasps are not only grouchy nuisances that no one wants to be around, they are also dangerous. If wasps feel that their nest is threatened, you are in for a world of hurt. Wasps will swarm, doling out countless painful stings that can cause a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction for some.

Are You Ready To Call For Help?

Don’t take the chance of a wasp swarm after you or your family and friends. Call for effective and safe wasp removal services. Call 1-855-858-9776 now!

Maybe you have other pest control problems as well. Solutions Pest Control Services all the areas around Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Surrey, Richmond, and Delta and everywhere in between. Our services include:

Try the DIY wasp trap or if you need more help contact us for the most effective wasp removal techniques, contact Solutions Pest Control today!

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