How to safely get rid of a wasp infestation — and how to keep it at bay in the first place
Summer is upon us, a time of picnics, sunbathing — and trying to avoid biting insects.
Among the worst are wasps, and when an infestation hits your home or garden, it can be scary and even downright dangerous.
Although the flying creatures can help control other insects and pests, do whatever you can to safely remove them if you have too many living around you.
According to Mirror Online, this is all you need to know to get rid of wasps in this weather:
It is easier to prevent an invasion of wasps than to get rid of them once they have settled.
Empty and wash trash cans regularly – and keep them away from windows and doors so wasps aren’t attracted to their contents.
Check your attic for any gaps or holes in the roof, as this is one of the most common ways they can get into your home to nest. Seal any gaps and place insect screens over grille vents or air bricks.
Inspect your home — especially the attic, shed, garage, or under the eaves — and yard during the spring months to see if small nests are being built. These are about the size of a golf ball and contain fewer insects.
When the queen starts laying eggs, they quickly grow larger to accommodate the new bugs, and then getting rid of them becomes more difficult.
Keep sweet-smelling plants that can attract wasps away from your doors and windows.
Just because you have wasps in your yard doesn’t mean you have a nest; They may only come into your yard for food or nesting materials.
But that doesn’t make them any more welcome if you’re planning a picnic or BBQ.
If you have wasps in your garden or home, you can purchase non-toxic wasp traps to attract and kill them.
You fill the container with sweet juice or beer and when the bugs enter the trap, they cannot escape. Most traps are reusable.
Wasps are repelled by peppermint. Try diluting a little peppermint oil in water and spraying it where you commonly get wasps.
You can also plant peppermint in your garden to deter the little critters.
Another option is to mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water and place in a spray bottle. This is an effective solution for spraying stray wasps – a few shots should kill them.
A variety of wasp control sprays are available — from fast-acting insecticides to kill the bugs to surface sprays to keep them from hanging around.
You can also spray destroy small nests that are easily accessible to destroy wasps in the nest. However, it is important to read and follow the instructions carefully – and to keep your distance from the nest. Typically, you should leave the spray on for 24 hours — or as long as the package says — before attempting to move the nest.
Always wear protective clothing including safety goggles, gloves and a dust mask when handling a wasp nest, even if it is quite small. Treat nests early morning or late evening when wasps are in the nest and less active.
Call the pros
If you find a wasp nest in your home or garden, you can call in professional pest controllers to take care of it.
You’ve got the special tools and protective gear to get the job done safely – and you’re not exposing yourself to a swarm of angry insects.
If a nest is small enough, it’s possible they can move it to another location, but if it’s a full-fledged nest, then it could contain thousands of wasps and needs to be destroyed.
what not to do
That’s almost as important as what to do – when you’re getting rid of angry, stinging creatures, it’s important that you do it safely.
If you hit a nest with a stick to remove or destroy it, the wasps inside are likely to get angry – and the swarm will attack to defend their home.
Attempting to fumigate a nest by starting a fire underneath is also dangerous, as it is easy to lose control of the flames. The last thing you want is for your house to catch fire as you try to fight off an angry swarm of stinging bugs.
If you are allergic to wasp stings, you should be extra careful around nests. If the wasps attack, you could be stung multiple times – and put your life in danger.