Summer is a great time of the year to go outside and watch the ladybugs and butterflies swarm on your favorite plants and flowers. There are a lot of beneficial insects that feed on your plants every year and help keep the flowers and plants growing strong. One of the beneficial insects to your plants is also one of the most annoying insects in summer, the wasp. If you are like me, you hate summer because of the enormous supply of wasps that fly around your house and hang around certain plants. There are certain plants that wasps will go to before others so if you do not like wasps you might want to keep these plants out of your flowerbeds this summer.
Spearmint is a very invasive herb that you will find growing in various parts of the world and is also a wasp attractor. Wasps love the spearmint plant because of the many insects that feed on the white fuzzy part of the flower. Spearmint might smell wonderful and be a great addition to tea and other beverages but it is a horrible wasp attractor. Spearmint is a plant that you can cut off the leaves to add to your salads, make mint jelly along with many other things but is very invasive and will take over your whole yard within a couple years. Oddly enough, the spearmint can treat wasp stings and since the wasps love hanging around this herb it is only fitting the cure is within the plant also.
Sweet fennel is another plant that wasps love to hang around so be sure to keep this plant away from your house if you do not like wasps. Sweet fennel is an herb that has a very sweet smell to it similar to licorice and is found in zones 4 through 9. The sweet fennel is used in many stews, roasts, and Mediterranean dishes to give a dish a very sweet flavoring. The sweet fennel can grow up to six feet tall and it attracts wasps, bees and other insects that you might find horribly annoying. Sweet fennel is also used in dishes as a replacement for onion and can be found in the sunnier locations of America. The wasps like the sweet smell and taste from the flower of the sweet fennel which is why they are so attracted to this plant.
Yarrow is a large perennial plant with potential growth up to three feet tall that is also a wasp magnet. Yarrow is a very tough plant that is drought resistant and it grows in the harsh weather conditions of zones 3 through 10. Yarrow is a plant that has many medicinal purposes and is often used as an antiseptic as well as an immune booster. Yarrow has been used by many people for aromatherapy as well so it has a lot of beneficial factors to it except it is a huge wasp attractor. The wasps are attracted to the scent of the flowers and it likes to feed off of the other insects known to be attracted to the plant.
Queen Anne’s lace is another plant that wasps tend to really attract themselves to. Queen Anne’s lace is known as a wild carrot and it has white flower heads on it that look similar to lace. The large tap root of Queen Anne’s lace is edible but the leaves might cause skin irritation and it can grow up to four feet tall. You can find this plant all over the United States growing in ditches and fields often blooming from the early spring until the fall. This plant has a lot of insects that feed off of it including wasps and bees. The wasps are attracted to this plant because of the many insects that are attracted to this plant and the wasps feed off of the other insects. The wasps are known to gravitate to plants where insects they eat are found and many of those insects are found on the Queen Anne’s lace.