During the cold, wintry months when we long for a perfect summer’s day filled with ice cream and picnics and ice cold refreshing fizzy drinks, it’s easy to forget about the presence of one of summertime’s biggest nuisances – wasps.
Wasps can thwart our warm weather relaxation as their stings can be extremely painful and sometimes dangerous, particularly to those with an allergy. Although it can often feel like a personal vendetta when they are buzzing around your head they’re don’t actually set out to harm humans, however they are fiercely protective and will sting anyone or anything that comes near their nest, even if that nest is near your house and you were there first.
When to Take Action Against Wasps?
If you have noticed a wasp problem in your home or garden or close by, the first step would be to call a professional wasp control service. This is by far the safest way to deal with the situation, as it’s difficult to know the scale of the infestation – some nests can accommodate thousands of wasps – so is definitely best left to the experts. As well as containing the immediate danger, pest control professionals can come back and confirm the wasps are gone to give you peace of mind, and also give you helpful tips on how to prevent a wasp invasion in future. If you don’t think your wasp issue has quite come to the point of getting outside help (or you’re very brave), you can give tackling it yourself a go.
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Wasp Killing Tips, Tricks and Traps
Over the counter remedies are readily available, from sprays to traps to bug bombs, so have a good look at the options and decide which one best suits your particular wasp scourge.
Tip: The best time to wage your wasp war is in the evening, as they are proven to be less active and are thought to have poor vision at night time.
Do it Yourself Wasp Traps
If you’re not ready for a cold-blooded mass wasp killing or for a pesticide cloud here’s some alternative suggestions that include some household products you may already have on hand:
- Hairspray – It will freeze the wasp and cause it to fall out of the air, but if you use this method you do run the risk of other wasps being attracted to the smell of the hairspray;
- Homemade Sprays – Bleach mixed with water and poured into a spray can also be an effective way to kill wasps, and the same goes for items such as hand sanitiser, detergents, and weed killer. If you are able to, though, always go and buy a specialist wasp killer product as there will be instructions on how to use it safely and most efficiently.
- The Ultimate Trap – A very simple proofed trap for any kind of flying insects, bear in mind that this trap won’t make exceptions for honeybees, butterflies or any other insect creatures. All you need is a plastic or metal basin (or any kind of open container), filled with water and sugar syrup (or just water and a lot of sugar until mixed), leave it outside in your yard or garden and you will immediately witness its effectiveness.
- Imitation Wasp Nest – A sneaky alternative is to buy such nest and place it near your home to deter rival wasps from setting up shop nearby.
If you haven’t had time to build a trap, pop to the chemist or call in pest control to get rid of these pests hassle-free.
Still Having Wasps?
A problem with dealing with wasps yourself is that even if you successfully kill many of these flying stingers, if their nests remains nearby they are always going to be around. The only outcome of such situation should be calling a professional for a wasp nest removal service, as this is a very tricky and dangerous endeavour that needs an experienced specialist who’s familiar with wasp behaviour and nature. Never try removing a wasp nest without a professional!