There are approximately 30,000 different types of wasps in the world! They are easily identifiable thanks to their bright yellow and black stripes. They also make an audible buzzing sound and you’re likely to find them in a group, especially when they’re angry.
Unfortunately they are known as a stinging insect, their sting can be very painful but it can also be very dangerous to some people. This is why it is important that you do two things with wasps:
Because there are so many different types it’s impossible to list ad describe all of them. Instead, you need to learn about the ones common to where you live and what risk they pose to your health.
Keep them away
The next thing to do is to ensure you keep them away from your home and place of business. This is easier to do than you think!
Keeping The Wasps Away
There are several different approaches which work with wasps:
Using a local pest control services firm is essential when you’re faced with wasps already present at your home. They can remove them safely and help to ensure they don’t return. This is the safest way to deal with wasps and the only way if you have an allergy to them.
It’s important to note that they are pack animals, if you kill one it will release a pheromone attracting the other wasps; they will attack on mass which can be an issue even if you don’t have an allergy!
Preventing Their Arrival
This has to be seen as the best possible choice. Alongside advice from the professionals there are a few techniques you can try yourself.
- Check your home
Wasps will be looking for somewhere to create their hive. The nooks and crannies in the outside of your home are very attractive to them as they are warm and safe.
It is therefore imperative that you visually check your property and garden to ensure there are no obvious places for them to set up camp.
- Remove rubbish
Rubbish attracts a variety of insects, including wasps as it is sweet. Make sure you place rubbish as far away from your home as possible and dispose of it regularly. This will prevent them from being attracted to your property.
- Decoy wasps
It is possible to buy fake wasps and place them on the walls of your property. As wasps do not like to build their hive to close to other wasps this can be an effective deterrent.
Wasps love flowers but they are not keen on spearmint, eucalyptus, thyme or citronella. Mix these into the flower beds round your garden and you’ll soon see them flying on by, there are easier places to nest.
- Peppermint Oil
In the same vein mint is one aroma that wasps cannot stand. As well as plants you can put a few drops of peppermint oil onto bits of cotton wool and secure them round the outside of your home.
- Sugar & Water traps
This can be a good way of getting rid of wasps although hopefully you’ve deterred them from arriving altogether.
Simply add sugar to some water and place it in the bottom of a bottle. Cut the top of the bottle and invert it so the small end faces the sugar water. Wasps can fly in but they can’t get out; they will die.