How to Get Rid of Wasps
Warm summer afternoons and evenings at this time of year make the garden a perfect place to relax and chill out with a glass of wine or your favourite BrewDog beer! But, with the warm weather and wine comes and unwanted garden intruders...Wasps!
These distinctive yellow insects are often aggressive and have painful stings that could bring about an allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
Don't get held hostage by these annoying insects. See our top tips for preventing wasps and always take caution to avoid being stung.
“Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency. It can be very serious if not treated quickly. If someone has symptoms of anaphylaxis, you should call 999 for an ambulance immediately.”
NHS, A-Z of health
How to prevent wasps
There are lots of ways you can prevent wasps
- Remove food sources - The glass of wine or beer is the perfect attractant for wasps and other flying insects looking for a meal. Keep drinks covered where possible and check cans of drink before taking a sip.
- Move your bins - As the frequency of bin collections decreases and as we recycle more, empty containers and bins give off smells that attract wasps. Move your bins and ensure the lids are firmly closed.
- Treat wooden furniture - Dry wooden furniture offers the perfect nesting material for wasps. Always treat your outdoor furniture with suitable furniture oil such as teak oil, this prevents the wood from becoming too dry and makes it harder for wasps to use the wood fibres when building nests.
- Close your windows and doors - This will help prevent wasps from entering your home.
- Look out for nests - Queen wasps emerge and start working on new nests in the Spring. If you find a wasp nest before it gets too big treatment is usually much easier.
- Easy on the perfume - Chanel No5 and Izzy Miyake smell great but they may be attracting wasps! Avoid wearing strong smelling perfumes if possible.
- We like your style - Floral prints are in for summer 2020! Unfortunately, your floral dress or shirt could be attracting wasps in search of nectar.
- Fruit - If your garden has fruit trees and there is fallen fruit, this is the perfect food source for wasps. Later on, in the summer months, wasps can get drunk off fermenting fruit making them more aggressive. Always pick up fallen fruit and any other food sources in your garden.
There you have it, our top tips for preventing wasps. Do you have any more tips to share? Let us know!
If you’re worried about a large amount of wasp activity in your home or garden, always consult a professional pest controller. Get in touch with Pest Pulse today for wasp nest treatments starting at just £49, our technicians are fast and effective at removing wasps!