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It’s about that time of year where you see flying insects of all types and your yard and garden. Most of these insects will not bother you and you probably ignore at least half of them. But there is one insect that we can’t help but pay attention to. The wasp.
Wasps can be a good thing and that they prey on other insects which could be eating your lawn or garden plants. But if you accidentally frighten a wasp or step on its nest you can be in big trouble. They will start stinging you right away and won’t stop until you’re totally out of the area. And many people are allergic to these things and can have serious reactions.
In this blog we’re going to list three plants that can help you deter wasps from being in and setting up shop on your property.
1. Peppermint and spearmint
Peppermint and spearmint may be refreshing to olfactory senses but the sharp and intense aroma can be a put-off to insects like the wasp. The minty smell if placed in your yard will have the Wasps going in the opposite direction and no time.
Wormwood is a bitter tasting herb that has often been used for medicinal purposes. It’s good for eating and digestion and killing parasites. It is also a very common additive to Drinks like vermouth and absinthe. And the right amount of wormwood’s bitterness can add flavor to certain drinks.
Speaking of absinthe, this is a chemical in wormwood which is toxic to insects like wasps. Simply put, wormwood is an enemy to the Flying wasp. They look at this plant the same way humans look at poison ivy.
lemongrass has many different uses. It can be used in foods such as soups and salads but it’s also commonly used for medicinal purposes. People use it in drinks and as a treatment for the common cold. It’s antibacterial and antifungal in nature. And best of all wasps hate it.
Wasps hate lemongrass because of the intense smell which is from citronella oil excreted by lemongrass. In fact, lemongrass and its byproduct citronella is used in many bug repellents and is effective at keeping mosquitoes, flies and rodents at bay. Lemongrass can be grown Outdoors but it prefers warm climates. If you live where it freezes often, lemongrass may not be the best choice of plant.
Wasps can be managed in various ways including hiring pest control in Melbourne FL. If you know where their nest is, you can spray it at night by using a flashlight and a can of insect killer. This is probably the safest DIY method.