Wasps

Size: Vary in size from almost microscopic to several centimeters long.

Color: They range in colors from black to metallic greens and blues
Wings: Most have two pair of wings and a pinched waist.

Habits: Eaves, soffits, and gutters on home exteriors are popular wasp nesting spots. Flowers and plant life attract them to yards, as do patios and other outdoor eating areas with crumbs or sticky soda spills that are not cleaned up. Garbage cans that are not properly covered and regularly emptied also attract wasps that are seeking sources food. Properties with abundant insects and spiders provide ample prey for both developing and mature wasps. Contrary to popular, but inaccurate beliefs, nests left behind by wasp populations that die during the cold weather months are generally not reused by subsequent generations of wasps.

Pro Tips:

- Remove sources of food from around your porch. This means
removing ripe or rotten fruits and berries from your property. Move hummingbird feeders away from your home to the trees in your yard as well. Lastly, make sure no pet food is left outside.

- Keep doors and windows shut. Use caulk to seal any crevices and cracks around your porch to prevent wasps from entering your home. Remember, wasps can sneak through even the tiniest of holes.

- Place wasp-repelling plants around your home and porch. Instead of planting flowers around the areas in which you enjoy relaxing, consider placing wasp deterring plants to add a natural border of protection. Such plants can include wormwood, marigold, mint, basil, pennyroyal, and geranium.

- Check for nests. It is important to locate nests before they develop and grow into larger ones. Check sheds, garages, and wall cavities in early spring while they are still golf ball size or smaller and can be treated quickly.

- Seal garbage cans and cover compost piles. Wasps aren't picky and love old rotting food just as much as freshly cooked meals. In the spring and summer wasps crave protein-rich foods, which means they will be drawn to any kind of meat you have on the grill this summer. In the colder months, wasps become sweets junkies, attracted to every sugary substance.

- Pick up trash. To add to the last tip, it is very important to make sure no trash from food or drinks is left lying around your property for wasps to gravitate to.
Cover any holes on the ground. Fill in any holes, big or small, that you find in cement or grass. Solitary wasps search for cavities in which to make their home.