In summer months, wasps can form nests in any opportune spots your home may provide.
The most commonly known wasp types include yellow jackets and hornets. In addition, the potential of these insects to injure makes them something almost all people want to get rid of.
Wasps can be irritating, intrusive, downright mean and they’re not going anywhere without a fight.
Most pesticides used in wasp sprays are strong enough that pets who eat the poisoned wasps are at risk of death. These all natural methods will do the trick and keep your pets and garden safe!
If nests are in hard-to-treat areas and you are allergic to wasp stings, it might be best to call an expert. Experts will suggest that you thoroughly cover up to prevent stings. It is also a good idea to treat the nest at night or in the morning when the wasps are sleepy. Covering light sources with red paper is also great in preventing wasps from flying towards your light
Homemade Wasp Traps
The beauty of this idea is that you probably have everything you need to make a trap that can kill hundreds of wasps. All you need is a plastic bottle, such as a two liter. Cut the top third of it off carefully, invert it so that it fits neatly inside the bigger part and simply add some sort of attractant.
Fruity scents work best, so try fruit juice or even wine (Bonus! Drink a glass or two to toast the demise of your tiny enemies, enjoying the same liquid that will kill them). If you need more ideas of bait, check out this video with a cute young man that really did his homework!
Wasps are actually very territorial creatures. They’re also, lucky for us, not that smart.
You can make a decoy nest by crumpling up a brown paper bag and tying it up in a tree near the real nest. Once the wasps see it, they’ll think that the turf has already been taken and leave to avoid a scuffle.
Kill Them Where They Lie!
Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. This technique works for ground nests. It takes a bit of a stake-out. From a safe distance, watch the area that you’ve seen wasps.
See where they’re going in and coming out and seal them up however you’d like, just ensuring that the seal is air-tight. They will be cut off from their food supply and eventually die.
EcoSmart’s Organic Wasp and Hornet killer uses 100%, food-grade ingredients, including peppermint oil. When reading over the instructions for use of this spray, you will see that you use it just like any typical poisonous spray. The spray will smell quite strong, like essential oils, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
You can place a cloth bag over an entire aerial nest and quickly tie it off at the top; as you draw in the tie, pull the nest free. The bag should be well sealed. Set the bag in a pail of water, and drop a rock on the bag to keep it fully submerged.
To prevent a wasp problem, you can hang a false wasp nest by your house (or wherever you want to deter them). There are a variety of products for this, some look very much like a paper lantern, while others look similar to a real nest. These false nests work because wasps are territorial, and will not build next to another nest. Some people have success by simply putting up a brown paper bag!
There are also a variety of glass wasp traps that many claim are helpful in reducing wasp populations in their area. The trick is to make sure you keep replacing the bait. It is also important to consider using savory bait, like tuna, because it will attract yellow jackets and wasps, but not honeybees who prefer sweet bait. It is also easy to make your own inexpensive version out of any type of plastic bottle. Watch the videos below to learn how!
h/t: realfarmacy.com/natural-wasp-spray/ ; ideahacks.com/getting-rid-of-wasps/