Last year, there was said to be an all-out “war on wasps” in many areas of the country, mostly believed to be the result of climate change, as the stinging insects normally die off during the winter, but when there aren’t enough freezing cold days, they survive. The warmer weather also gives the queen’s first broods a better chance of survival.
The colonies are bigger than ever, which means the wasps are hungry and more aggressive than ever too. Wasps may even attack, typically as a response to a particular chemical given off by other members of their hive. That’s why you should never swat or squash a wasp – when you do, the pheromone that’s released will only attract and invite more wasps that are nearby to come.
Although wasps can be of use around the garden by consuming dead insects and eating flies, they can be a big nuisance themselves. Apart from stinging, their persistence can be irritating and present a serious threat to those who are allergic.
The most commonly known types of wasps are hornets and yellowjackets.
Not only do people have to deal with wasps for a longer period of time but now there are more of them too. Have you noticed them flying around your yard? Want to get rid of them? Take a look at eight tips that will not only get rid of wasps but will keep them from coming back too!
1. Take preventative measures
First, do not squish or swat a wasp unless it is necessary for protection. Wasps have a chemical that stimulates aggression which will be released and attract other wasps in the area. By eliminating one problem you can be inviting in a handful more.
Second, eliminate elements that can attract them like:
Pet or bird food
Left out food
Strong perfume or lotion
Sweet things that will interest them
Finally, keep your house prepared at all times. Repair broken elements that will make a good nesting ground for wasps like panels or crevices. Routinely scan the outside of your house to ensure structural quality. Keep doors and windows closed so wasps don’t fly in. Fill in burrows and rodent holes with dirt.
2. Have a few tricks up your sleeve
Create fake nests to keep wasps from settling, territorial instincts will keep them from nesting if they believe territory has already been claimed. Decoy nests can either be easily crafted or purchased. A small craft can be:
Crumble newspapers into balls
Place them into shopping bags and close them
Put the shopping bags into lunch-size bags
Hang the bags where you think the wasps might nest
Trick them into thinking a spider web can trap them by hanging up sandwich bags filled with water. Make sure you are wearing protective clothing to minimize injury. Some protective items can include:
3. Keep oils ready to go
Wasps hate mint so it is effective to use peppermint oil as a natural repellant. Take a cotton ball and add a few drops of peppermint oil to it. Then, place the cotton balls in hot spots wasps may like to or already have used as a nesting ground.
You can also mix an essential oil blend into a spray bottle by adding several drops of the oil to the water and spraying the outside of your house. This oil mix includes:
4. Set up traps
Take a two-liter bottle, cut the top off, and invert the bottle inside the bottom. Add sugar water to entice wasps to go inside. This trap keeps them in because they can’t figure how to get out
5. Use the power of plants
Replace flowers with wasp repellent plants in areas you enjoying sitting out in to decrease the chances of encountering a wasp. These plants include:
No one enjoys the fear of being injured by a wasp. Equally so, it is annoying to get rid of wasps and have them return later. However, there are multiple methods you can perform to get rid of wasps and keep them from returning. It is important to stay safe and remain vigilant of the surroundings of your home.