Organic wasp deterrents are becoming more popular. Some of these solutions are accepted methods of control, while others have never been found effective. Fake wasp nests have been said to prevent wasps from inhabiting an area. No hard evidence supports this, yet many claim that fake nests can keep a yard free of wasps.
Fake wasp nests mimic a normal nest and send the message that wasps already inhabit the immediate area. This plays off the notion that wasps are territorial and rely heavily on their visual senses. Many people favor fake wasp nests because they do not rely on toxic pesticides or costly monthly payments.
Fake wasp nests can be either homemade or store-bought. Homemade nests can be as simple as hanging out a brown paper bag, to as complicated as creating a nest using a balloon, newspaper, and glue. Consumer based products are also available. These tend to mimic real wasp nests accurately. Visual accuracy matters, as this method of control depends on tricking a wasp by what they view. Fake wasp nests should be placed in areas commonly inhabited by wasps. These include areas under the eaves of roofs and inside sheds. For best results, monitor popular nesting sites on your property and seek to mimic these locations. Placing fake nests in the spring is the most effective time for this method of treatment, as this is when wasps claim their territory. Another related treatment method is to spray current nests, then leave these nests in place. This should provide the same visual message as fake wasp nests.