For the past two years, we have been plagued by wasps (as I am sure everyone has). They start to come out around this time of year scouting for good areas to set up house. Last year, it started off worse than ever before because they came out in May. We tried a trap idea involving a 2L plastic bottle and some sweet liquid, which worked well until we had a big wind come through and knock them over (we were washing sweet stuff off our deck and that just seemed to attract them even more).
Last summer, we were chatting with our neighbour and we asked her what she had hanging by her house. It turns out they had a pretend wasp nest. She told us that wasps are very territorial and as soon as they see anything resembling another wasp nest, they will just leave and won’t go anywhere near it to investigate.
So off to our local garden and hardware store we went and sure enough, by the insect repellant, they had a package of two wasp nests for $9. We got them home and put one up near our eating area and one near where we sit on our deck. We spent last year – wasp free. The bees have still been in the yard, they don’t seem to be bothered by it so that is a good thing.
This year we have seen a couple of wasps out scouting, but sure enough, once they get close enough to see our fake wasp nest, they leave.