Show me a person that likes wasps and I’ll show you Satan. Put them side-by-side and tell me the difference.
Think of someone who likes wasps… Struggling? That’s because it’s impossible. No one likes wasps, literally not one single person. Not even your worst enemy, in fact, if anything, this is the one thing you could agree on at the pub.
Unfortunately, despite 99.9% of the population despising wasps, and the fact that they are the number one most despised pest, they do serve an incredibly important purpose. Understandably they are a menace, and effectively disposing of wasps – though tedious – will ultimately save you time and effort.
Killed all the Wasps? Great! – Say Goodbye to Beer
We need wasps, but why? Well, the short of it is that wasps prey on other insects, keeping the pest population under control. Think of them the lesser of two evils, like Hilary to Trump. Researchers at Florence University in June 2016 added salt to the wound by discovering another useful attribute of the wasp. They carry yeast cells in their guts.
Yeast as you may be aware is used to make bread, beer and wine.
Technically, without wasps there would be a shortage of beer.
Wasps feed on late season grapes which are rich in wild yeast. The yeast survives the winter in the stomachs of hibernating queen wasps, and is passed on to their children when the mother wasps regurgitate food for them. The new generation of wasps carries the yeast back to the next season’s grapes and hey presto, beer and wine is made.
Looks like we need these nightmares on wings after all.
However, this is not why you’re here. Wasps, despite supplying our summers with alcohol and happy memories you’ll vicariously re-live through Facebook whilst contemplating your office job on a wintry January morning, are actually a bit of a nuisance. Their love for sugar draws them towards people, which rarely ever ends well. Stinging, swatting, screaming are just a few of the issues they bring to our delightful summer BBQs. Fear not, a list has been compiled demonstrating life-saving ways to rid your life of wasps, for good.
Pre-point – A Lifesaving Tip:
Ensure that you are not allergic to wasp stings. Wasp stings could be fatal if your allergic. It’s a good idea to set up an allergy test with your doctor before you strap on your cape and tackle the nest.
- If the test confirms that you are not allergic to stings, then you can proceed with getting rid of the nest by yourself.
- However, if you find out that you do have an allergy, you should definitely seek assistance. Getting stung by one is painful enough, so imagine being chased by an angry nest whilst being constantly stung, AND being allergic. Great fun right? No. In all seriousness, this could turn into a life-threatening situation. Best to call an exterminator to be on the safe side.
Right, onto ridding your life of these Satanic bullets of dread.
There are many ways to keep wasps away. It’s likely you’ve been building up your wasp hatred points on your nectar card for some time. Awaiting the fateful day you can cash in and send them back to Hell for good. However, pitching a flamethrower to the nest residing in your tree, garage or wherever isn’t the best way to go about removing them.
The Top 8 Ways to Dispose of Wasps
1. Avoid Substances that Attract Wasps in Your Home
Sugar to wasps is like a human’s lust for alcohol on a Friday.
Anything that is sugary will ultimately attract wasps. Understandably many people have sugary foods in their house. It’s almost unavoidable unless you cut down on these sugary goods. Hey, you might even want to start a diet! You’ll be wasp-free and have the physique of Ryan Gosling.
In case there are left overs of such foods in your home you should try and keep them in a bag that is sealed well to avoid cases where wasps may end up being attracted to your home.
2. Use Soap Sprays
This is a method that you can easily apply in your home after you notice wasps are increasing in population. It’s important to identify the nests and prepare a cauldron of soapy broth. Just combine whatever household soaps you have and pour them into a spray bottle.
Alternatively, with the help of a garden hose you can spray the nest with the solution. This will kill the wasps naturally. Also try not to get stung. Standing in a strategic position where they won’t notice you easily is highly recommended.
3. Block-off Underground Nests
Sometimes wasps can build an underground nest in your home. You can easily get rid of wasps in a natural way by blocking all the entrances of the wasps. This will ultimately deny the wasps access to food which will make eventually kill them.
POINTER: Adding grease to the entrances will make it an even tighter seal.
4. Put up Fake Nests
You wily fox.
Wasps are known to be very territorial. After you put up a fake nest in your garden, other wasps should stay away, assuming another colony has already been established there. Think of it like walking up to use the bathroom and already seeing someone in there. It’s unlikely they’re going to set up camp with you in there.
There are several materials in your home which you can use and come up with a fake wasp nest or buy a new one.
5. Grow Plants That Deter Wasps
Plants such as wormwood, eucalyptus, mint and citronella are natural wasp deterrents. It’s fairly simple to obtain and grow these plants in your garden. Apart from the plants chasing away the wasps naturally, your garden will flourish!
Or, if you’re feeling daring, Venus flytraps will also do the trick. They also look incredibly cool.
For you to reduce the population of wasps in your home you can decide to come up with glass wasp traps which you can use and trap wasps in your home.
When making use of the traps you need to use attractive baits. This will enable you attract a large following of wasps so that you can reduce their population and even get rid of them completely.
8. Leave Home
Probably not in your best interest, but hey, it would solve the problem, right?
Make Sure the Wasps Do Not Return
1. Seal entry points.
Over the winter, do a thorough inspection of the outside of your house to look for potential wasp entry points, such as loose siding, unsealed vents and cracks around windows and door frames. These are all ideal locations for a wasp’s nest, so sealing them off now could prevent a potential infestation come spring.
2. Knock down vacant nests during the winter.
Although wasps will never return to a previously used nest, several species of wasp will build their new nest on top of the old one. It would be a good idea to knock down any empty, abandoned nests over the winter and thoroughly clean the area before the queen bee reclaims the area come spring.
3. Make sure to seal your garbage cans.
The scent of old food can attract wasps, so it’s a good idea to make sure your garbage cans are well sealed. You should also give any garbage cans a good clean with water and disinfectant on a semi-regular basis, to remove any food residue that could attract wasps.
Strap In and Hold On
If you’re keen on tackling these wasps after sieving through the many ways to dispose of them, then it’s important to ensure you’re properly prepared.
1. Wear Protective Clothing
It’s very important to wear protective clothing when you attempt to get rid of a wasp’s nest, to prevent getting stung. Even if you’re not allergic, these stings are painful.
- A good idea would be to wear long jeans, boots, a jumper with the hood pulled over your head and gloves. If needs be, wrap a scarf around the lower half of your face and wear protective glasses or ski goggles. If you are using a pesticide spray, make sure the clothes are old, as residue from the spray could enter the fabric.
2. Identify the Pest
Though not available everywhere, vector control deals with disease-carrying or potentially dangerous insects and animals. Vectors can help you with identification, advise you on what to do, and may even remove the wasps for you.
3. Leave the Nest Alone
If the wasp’s nest is far enough away from your house that it doesn’t pose a significant threat, you should consider leaving it alone. It may belong to a less aggressive wasp species such as the paper wasp. Wasps, like previously mentioned are in fact an important part of the ecosystem, it’s not worth destroying them purely out because you don’t like them.
- If you discover that the nest actually belongs to bees instead of wasps, do not destroy it. Honey bee populations significantly declining, so it’s important that you do what you can to help preserve existing bees.
- Instead of destroying the nest, call a local beekeeper. They will be more than happy to come and collect the nest, either for free or for a small fee.
4. Health and Safety Risks
An obvious one, but arguably the most important. If the wasp’s nest is somewhere up high, or in a conspicuous area, be sure to take extra care when approaching via ladder especially.
- Be very careful when using a ladder, if you anger the wasps and they swarm you, it’s likely you’ll fall. Which will hurt.
- If you’re using a pesticide spray be sure to section off the area, make sure no one – especially children or pets – comes near it.
- You should only attempt to get rid of a wasps’ nest by yourself when it is within easy reach.
5. Target Wasp Nests as Early in the Year as Possible
The time of year you choose to destroy a wasp’s nest is essential to your success. To understand this, it’s useful to be aware of how these social wasps operate.
Spring will see the queen wasp select a spot for her nest. Once the worker wasps arrive they work tirelessly to expand the colony. The colony will continue to expand throughout the spring and summer, until reaching its peak in late August. Summer is when the wasps are at their most volatile as the colony contains next years queens.
Essentially if you kill the queen, you won’t need to worry about a nest being formed that year. Failing that, if you do not find the nest until Autumn/Winter, destroying it may not be necessary. The freezing temperatures will kill off the colony indefinitely.
That’s all folks! If you follow these simple steps your wasp problems should diminish indefinitely. Sure, they are incredibly annoying and we’d love to see the back of them. However, remember these pesky cretins do serve a rather useful purpose.
So don’t go Rambo’ing every wasp nest in site unless you’re left no other choice.