Preparing for wasps in 2018
As Spring is now well underway, this means that wasps are now coming out from their winter shelters, looking to collect food for their queen and hive. Wasps are pests that can cause serious discomfort within the summer months and can also cause damage to your property if not dealt with effectively.
Don’t fear, however, as AMES have come up with 5 of the most effective ways to protect your property against wasps in 2018. Below are the 5 most important wasp prevention tactics to ensure your garden and home remain safe and comfortable this summer.
5. Soap and Water
One of the simplest and easiest ways to deal with wasps is simply by filling a spray bottle with soap and water. Why soap and water? Well, the soap clogs the wasp’s breathing pores (otherwise known as spiracles) which results in them dying almost instantly. While this may sound inhumane, it’s actually one of the more human ways to kill wasps, as opposed to using pesticides which can take hours to work.
4. Wasp Traps
Traps are always going to make the list because they’re specifically designed to deal with the problem at hand. The majority of wasp traps work by luring wasps inside a container using food, or something that will draw them in and keep them there. Sugar water is a commonly used bait and it all it requires cutting the top off a big bottle of water and inverting it inside the bottom.
If DIY isn’t your specialty, then you can purchase one online.
However, while traps are an effective way of eliminating wasps, you may simply be catching wasps that are passing through and not the ones that are nesting nearby. If this is the case, place the trap next to the entrance of the nest, this should lure the wasps out and into the trap.
3. Fix your Cracks and Fissures
This is one of the most commonly overlooked problems when it comes to wasp or insect infestations. Cracks and gaps in your property’s exterior are perfect for wasps to crawl into and infiltrate your house. In more severe cases, if the gap is big enough, wasps may nest there, which can cause further damage to your property’s structural integrity.
Simply seal the cracks before the wasps infest your property. The most common areas are the edges of siding and where power lines enter the house. Try and do this around autumn, as most of the worker wasps have died off.
However, if you do discover that wasps have nested within the wall, do not try and cover it up! It’s likely they won’t die off, instead, they’ll find a way out through vents or even chew through drywall.
If you’re too late and the wasps have infested your wall/property, you’ll need to call AMES. Our team are professionally trained to remove and eliminate the presence of wasps and other insect pests.
2. Seal Your Bins
Very easy but often forgotten. Sealing your bins will simply stop wasps from scouring for food inside your bins. They are attracted by anything sweet or food that will benefit their nest. Keeping bins shut also means that wasps won’t hang around your property as they know it;s not a good area to gather food.
Additionally, wasps have been found to enter gardens and areas that have more food sources. So, with that in mind, make sure you clean up after yourself!
1. Use peppermint oil
Wasps really do not like mint, not just peppermint and spearmint but any type of mint. This is why peppermint oil is so effective at repelling them. In the Journal of Pest Management Science in 2013, a study claimed that peppermint’s effectiveness against repelling wasps was exceptional.
Planting mint in your garden will also deter wasps, as the compound itself is repulsive to them. Even adding a few drops of peppermint oil to cotton pads and dotting them around your property should help repel wasps and stop them from building nests close by.
It might be an idea to target areas where wasps may have previously built nests. types of wasps build new nests in the same locations again and again.
If you have a problem with wasps, or you’d like to know more about how you can prepare to defend against them during the warmer months, why not give our friendly team a call today? We’re always on-hand to help, no matter how big or small your enquiry may seem!