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As summer approaches, so do the wasps. Nothing is more annoying than these aggressive insects near your home or garden. Fortunately, there are several ways to control wasps yourself and keep them out of your neighborhood. Want to know more about what you can do yourself? Then read on. If you want to outsource to a professional wasp exterminator, give us a call! We are open 7 days a week during peak season.
What can you do yourself?
Fighting wasps yourself can be done in several ways. Not every approach gives the same outcome and other strategies are simply not effective. We have listed several methods for you below, in no particular order, that can help you get rid of this annoying insect. Do none of these methods work? Then there is only one thing to do, and that is to call us.
1. Hang a fake wasp nest
A fake wasp nest can be an effective way to keep wasps at bay. Wasps are territorial and avoid an area if they think another wasp colony is present. A fake wasp nest can give this impression, preventing wasps from settling near your home or garden.
Although there is no scientific evidence that a fake wasp nest is completely effective, there are many positive experiences from people who have used this method. However, it is important to remember that this is not a guaranteed solution and that it only works when the wasps are not yet in the area. If a wasp nest is already present, a fake wasp nest will not stop the wasps from colonizing the area.
2. Use wasp spray
Wasp spray is one of the most popular and effective ways to control wasps. It is a quick and easy solution to kill wasps instantly and can help remove individual wasps that are in your home or yard.
However, one disadvantage of using a wasp spray is that it only works on individual wasps that are visible. It cannot help control an entire wasp nest and can even be dangerous to use on a larger colony. If you use the spray on a nest, it can make the wasps more aggressive and prompt them to sting you.
In addition, the chemicals in wasp spray can be harmful to pets, other insects and even humans. Therefore, it is important to follow the instructions on the spray and use it safely.
3. Provide smoke
Smoke can be an effective way to control wasps. Wasps are sensitive to smell and if they smell smoke, they may leave the area. This can be useful in removing individual wasps or controlling a small wasp nest.
In general, smoke can be an effective way to control wasps if used properly. However, it is important to consider the drawbacks and take safety precautions to avoid injury or damage.
4. Make (or buy) a wasp trap
A wasp trap can be an effective way to control wasps, especially if you suffer from a large number of wasps in your garden or on your patio. Wasp traps work by using attractants to attract wasps and then trapping them in a container from which they cannot escape.
There are several types of wasp traps on the market, including traps that work with a lure and glue to hold the wasps, and traps that work with a lure and a physical barrier to trap the wasps.
While wasp traps are generally effective at trapping wasps, it is important to remember that using wasp traps will not remove wasp nests nearby. It also may not provide a complete solution if you are suffering from a large number of wasps in the neighborhood. In that case, it may be better to seek professional help to solve the problem.
It is also important to remember that wasp traps are not selective in catching wasps. They can also catch other beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, so it is important to set and monitor the trap in the right place to prevent it from catching other insects.
In general, a wasp trap can be an effective way to control wasps, but it is important to consider the limitations of this method and to be careful when placing the trap to avoid catching other beneficial insects.
There are several ways to prevent wasps and it is best to use a combination of these methods to deal with the problem. Here are some effective ways to prevent wasps:
- Remove food sources: Wasps are attracted to sweets and food scraps. Make sure food scraps and drinks are cleaned up and covered. Do not leave open garbage cans or bags outside.
- Don’t put down flowers that attract wasps: Wasps are attracted to sweet flowers, such as lavender and honeysuckle. Try to avoid these plants near places you spend a lot of time.
- Keep windows and doors closed: Make sure to keep windows and doors closed to keep wasps out. If you want to keep windows open, use screens to keep wasps out.
- Avoid brightly colored clothing: Wasps are attracted to bright colors, so it is best to wear neutral colors.
- Don’t use perfume or perfumed products: Perfume and perfumed products can attract wasps, so it is best to avoid these products when outdoors.
- Hang up a fake wasp nest: A fake wasp nest can help deter wasps because it looks like a wasp nest is already there and the wasps avoid the location.
By taking these measures, you can prevent wasps. It is also important to remain vigilant and act quickly if wasps do appear, to prevent them from building a nest and multiplying.
What should you especially not do?
There are some measures you’d better not take when it comes to fighting wasps. Here are some examples:
Destroying a wasp nest:
It is never a good idea to destroy a wasp nest. Disturbing a wasp nest can cause the wasps to feel threatened and become aggressive. This can lead to wasp stings, which can be painful and in some cases life-threatening.
Using a vacuum cleaner:
It may seem like a smart idea to use a vacuum cleaner to suck up wasps, but this is actually a dangerous method. The wasps are trapped inside the vacuum cleaner and can become irritated and sting, even if they are not visible. In addition, using a vacuum cleaner can lead to spreading the smell of wasps and attracting more wasps.
The use of fire:
Some people think that using fire is an effective way to kill wasps, but this is a dangerous method that is not recommended. Using fire can cause fire and accelerate the spread of wasps and their nests.
The use of insecticides:
Using insecticides near a wasp nest can cause the wasps to become aggressive and fly out. This can be dangerous to people who are nearby and can accelerate the spread of wasps to other parts of the house or garden.
Although some people claim that spraying water is an effective method of repelling wasps, this is not a recommended method of wasp control. Spraying water may temporarily distract or delay wasps, but it will not kill or permanently repel them. Moreover, spraying water can make the wasps aggressive and cause them to sting. Therefore, it is better to take preventive measures to prevent wasps rather than controlling them once a problem has already developed.
What is the cost of wasp control?
The cost of wasp control varies depending on several factors, including the size of the wasp nest, the location of the nest, the degree of wasp nuisance and the control method chosen.
If you choose to seek professional help, the cost can range from several tens of dollars to several hundred dollars, depending on the factors mentioned above and the rates of the pest control companies. It is advisable to get quotes from several companies in advance and compare prices and services.
If you choose to control wasps yourself, the cost depends on the method you use. Some methods are fairly inexpensive, such as installing fake wasp nests or sealing off openings in the house or garden to prevent wasps from entering. Other methods, such as buying professional wasp sprays, can be more expensive.
Fighting wasps in your garden? Follow this tip:
If you have wasps in your garden, there are several measures you can take to reduce the nuisance. Here are some tips:
- Keep food and drinks covered: Wasps are attracted to food and sweet drinks. Covering food and drinks prevents wasps from attracting them.
- Dispose of garbage: Make sure garbage cans are tightly closed and empty them regularly. Do not leave food scraps or other organic materials outside.
- Avoid brightly colored clothing: Wasps are attracted to bright colors, such as yellow and green. Avoid wearing these colors when there are wasps around.
- Stay calm: Wasps can become aggressive when they feel threatened. Do not make sudden movements or strike at wasps.
- Do not use perfume or deodorant with a strong odor: Wasps are attracted to sweet smells.
- Use natural repellents: There are several natural repellents that can keep wasps at bay, such as clove oil, mint oil, and lemongrass oil. These can be applied to clothing or table tops.
- Place a wasp trap: A wasp trap can help lure wasps away from places where you sit or eat. There are several types of wasp traps available, or you can make one yourself with a bottle and some sweets.
- Important: Never try to remove a wasp nest yourself. Always hire a professional pest controller to do so.
Types of wasps
There are many different species of wasps around the world, but here are some of the most common wasp species in Europe:
Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) – This is one of the most common wasps in Europe. They are yellow and black striped and have a characteristic slender waist.
German wasp (Vespula germanica) – This species of wasp is very similar to the common wasp, but has more black spots on their body and a triangular pattern on their abdomen.
Hornbug (or hornet) (Vespa crabro) – This is the largest wasp and can grow up to 3.5 cm long. They are brown and yellow striped and have a painful sting.
Paper wasp (Polistes spp.) – These wasps make their nests from papery material and are often reddish or yellowish-brown in color.
Frequently asked questions
What is the cause of a wasp infestation?
A wasp infestation can have several causes, including:
Food sources: Wasps are attracted to food sources, such as open garbage cans, fruit trees, sweet drinks and food scraps on tables and picnic areas. When these food sources are available in abundance, the number of wasps in the area may increase.
Weather conditions: Wasps thrive in warm and sunny weather. A hot and dry summer can lead to an increase in the population of wasps.
Availability of nest sites: Wasps need suitable places to build their nests, such as cavities in walls, under roofs, in trees and shrubs, and in the ground. When many suitable nest sites are available, the number of wasp colonies may increase.
Predators: If natural predators of wasps, such as birds and spiders, are absent in a given environment, the number of wasps may increase.
Winter hibernation: In winter, wasps may leave their nests and look for a warm place to hibernate. If a warm spot is available near houses or buildings, wasps may migrate there and reappear in the spring to establish a new colony.
It is important to identify the causes of a wasp infestation in order to take measures to prevent it.
Are wasps dangerous?
Wasps can indeed be dangerous to humans. They have a sting that allows them to inject venom, and some people can develop an allergic reaction to this venom. In rare cases, a wasp sting can even lead to anaphylactic shock, which is a life-threatening reaction that requires immediate medical attention.
In addition, wasps can also become aggressive if they feel threatened or if their nest is disturbed. If you accidentally come near a wasp nest, the wasps may sting you to defend themselves. This can cause pain, swelling and discomfort.
It is important to be careful when you are near wasps and not to disturb their nests. If you have a wasp nest near your home, it is advisable to seek professional help to have the nest safely removed.
What insects are eaten by a wasp?
Wasps are generally predatory insects and hunt other insects as prey to eat. They feed on different types of insects, such as flies, mosquitoes, beetles, caterpillars, spiders and even other wasps. Wasps can also eat nectar and sweet fruits, especially later in the season when their prey supply diminishes.
Wasps play an important role in natural pest control because they eat many insects that can be harmful to agricultural crops and gardens. On the other hand, wasps can also become a nuisance when they come near people and become aggressive when searching for food.
Do wasps return after removing a nest?
How long do wasps live?
The lifespan of wasps varies depending on the species. However, most wasps live no longer than a few weeks to a few months.
A wasp’s life cycle begins when the queen awakens from hibernation in the spring and begins searching for a suitable place to build a new nest. The queen then lays eggs that develop into larvae, which are fed by other members of the colony. The larvae pupate and develop into adult wasps, which then take over the job of taking care of the colony.
The lifespan of an individual wasp depends on its role in the colony. Worker wasps, which are responsible for tending the nest and feeding the larvae, usually live no longer than a few weeks to a month. Male wasps also live only a few weeks. However, the queen wasp can live much longer, sometimes up to a year or more, especially if it finds a sheltered place to hibernate.
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