Wasps are simply one of the numerous insects that millions of people around the world are terrified of. Actual phobias of those critters are sufficient to completely ruin a day to the poor victim, as well as something as little as locating one in the back yard is sufficient to fill them with dread.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways in which you are able to safely and naturally get rid of wasps, and you do not always need to resort to moving. Believe it or not, wasps actually are extremely great for the ecosystem.
Wasps help to maintain the population of other pests.
As well as ensuring the population of dwelling bugs have been brought down, wasps also help to ‘clean’ the decomposing corpses of dead bugs all around us. Yellow jackets for example, are nasty and horrifying creatures than many people prefer to run a thousand miles away from but they feed the dead bugs to their young, essentially supplying us with one of nature’s maid solutions.
The Way to Deal with Wasps
If you have encountered a wasp, the best advice that you will hear is not to run away or flap your hands around. Generally, wasps will only sting you if they feel threatened and although your behavior may not seem overly threatening to you, you are a good deal larger than they are. To them you seem just terrifying. They are only treating you how they would treat almost any other predator they’d come across in the wild – they immediately go on the defense.
Avoiding wasps is a fantastic idea if you can but it’s not always possible, and if you find yourself with a area where the wasps seem to swarm, it might very well be that you have a nest on your hands. At this point you should definitely call in pest management. This is not a problem you are going to want to manage unarmed.
Traps may be used if you’re trying to have a BBQ in the backyard and find yourself with an abundance of those irritating insects flying about. Get a empty soda bottle, fill the bottom part about halfway with water and you’ve got yourself a wasp trap. The wasps can fly into the funnel but can not get back out again, normally becoming exhausting and dying or drowning in the water below. If you didn’t already know, wasps do not like water.
You are able to substitute the water with a sweet drink if you would like to help keep the wasps away from wherever you are. Simply put the snare far enough away to not cause you a issue and let the wasps swarm. You may invite them to come closer to you with food, but hopefully they’ll be more attracted to the trap rather than you and your visitors.
The problem with this process is you’ll have to get rid of the wasps and / or the bottle afterwards. After a while, more and more wasps will fill the bottle and with enough of a layer, they’ll be able to climb their way right back from the opening again. This is not something you’ll want – more wasps flying around you, and a none effective trap to safely catch them in.
Obviously with traps, you promote the killing of those insects and as we’ve already said, wasps actually are very great for the ecosystem. For a more effective alternative, and a much more humane one, you should probably consider using repellents as opposed to traps.
There are a number of quite clever ways in which you’ll be able to repel wasps rather than kill them. A fake wasps nest by way of instance, is sufficient to keep many of those flying stingers at bay, and can be bought pretty cheaply from most places also, particularly online.
Wasps are massively territorial so if they spot a nest and feel a different colony lives there, they’re very likely to maintain their distance. Who would want to accept an whole colony of wasps alone? Not me that’s for certain!
Peppermint oil is another great tool you have at your disposal and many insects and other bug hate this stuff. Spiders seemingly don’t enjoy it very much and neither do rats or mice which helps with rat removal service. I can not verify whether this is accurate but I regularly have peppermint oil at the home used in 1 form or another, and I’ve not had mice or rats and that I seldom get spiders.
In accordance with other studies, wasps do not like hot stuff either so you can try making a chili-based spray and then turn the temperature up on these waspy beasts! A few cups of water mixed with some chopped up chili peppers on the heat for a while prior to pouring into a spray bottle is the best thing to take with you when you go camping!
Oh and here’s a last tip – seemingly bees and wasps don’t like cinnamon. Why not sprinkle some around before you set the BBQ going?
If after all your hard work and efforts, you are still finding yourself having an extremely perennial and very bothersome wasp problem, it may be time to admit defeat and just call in the pros. Pest control are there for a reason and they might have the one simple solution you are lacking to finally eliminate these wasps for good!
And those are the safe and natural approaches to get rid of wasps!