Some types of plants do tend to attract more bees and wasps more than others. Many species of bees and wasps rely on the nectar in flowers and plants as one of their primary sources of food. If you find your yard is a common place for bees and wasps to hang around, you might have a plant that they find attractive in your garden.
The plants in your yard are only one factor bees and wasps take into consideration when building a wasp nest, however. Bees and wasps will travel miles for their food source, so don’t think that you should immediately remove all of the plants listed below from your garden. Unless you’re experiencing a pattern of frequent wasp nests, it’s probably not something you need to be concerned about.
Here are some of the more common plants that attract bees and wasps:
Spearmint – The sweet smell and taste of the flowers on this plant makes it a wasp magnet. Perhaps ironically, this plant is often used to treat bee and wasp stings.
Sweet Fennel – The sweet nectar of this plant smells similar to licorice. Wasps are attracted to the sweet smell and taste.
Yarrow – This plant has several medical and antiseptic uses, and is a common scent for aromatherapy. Wasps are attracted to its scent.
Queen’s Anne’s Lace – These lacey white blossoms are not themselves attractive to wasps, however they play host to other smaller insects that wasps like to eat. Many species of wasps such as yellow jackets, are equally attracted to sweet and protein-rich foods.
White Clover – These flowers probably pop up in your lawn each year, despite your efforts to get rid of them. Unfortunately, they’re also a popular target for bees and wasps.
Sunflowers – These famously large yellow flowers are a common target for a range of different wasp species.
Cosmos – Another sweet flower, these are a magnet for bees and wasps seeking sugary nectar.
Common Tansy – These yellow flowers are yet another bee and wasp target.
If you’re dealing with a severe or persistent bee or wasp nest problem in your garden, Magical Pest Control has the expertise and the professional tools to handle bee and wasp nest removal safely. Reach our bee and wasp nest removal division at (905) 738-6676 or fill out our contact form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.