When the hot days of summer come, they bring with them friends that are not desired by many: the wasps. Those who dislike the idea of sharing space with them, try to kill and crush them, and this unfortunately makes everything worse.
So, if you have had problems with wasps recently or if the experience was traumatic enough for you, then we invite you to read on. Learn how to get rid of wasps in your home in a preventive and corrective way.
Tips to prevent wasp infestation
Check your home for nests
It’s important to check everywhere in your home or garden for signs of wasp nests, especially in early spring when the mating and nesting season begins. These nests initially look like a golf ball or a walnut.
Small nests have fewer wasps, and therefore are the easiest to treat. Search in garages, lofts, sheds, under roofs or in hollow walls.
Make sure rubbish containers are tightly closed
Make sure that external waste containers are tightly closed and have their lids on tightly. Place containers far enough from doors and windows so that wasps are not attracted to the contents of the container.
If you see one or two wasps
If you see a wasp or two, even if you have not confirmed the presence of a nest, it is vital that you close doors and windows to prevent wasps from entering the home. Keep your children and pets safe, especially if they are allergic to wasp stings.
Wear dissuasive clothing
You should know that brightly coloured or floral-printed clothing attracts wasps because by mimicking the appearance of a flower, wasps can appear more curious than usual searching for nectar.
Avoid wearing perfume
Wasps are attracted to sweet smells, which can be present in creams and perfumes, especially in summer. Decrease the amount of strong perfumes and odours that attract these insects.
Eliminate all food sources
Wasps tend to gravitate towards protein foods in late spring and early summer, so you must set aside any food that is available to them, as is the case with pet food.
In late summer, wasps begin to like foods with sweet smells, so they identify where these are. Therefore, they will continue to search in the same place after the food has been exhausted.
Uses herbs to keep wasps away
Wasps are not very fond of aromatic odours, such as mint, eucalyptus, or thyme. Plant any of these herbs outside, so you can repel these pests when they come near your home.
Tips for getting rid of a wasp nest in your home
Make sure you have found a wasp’s nest
To verify if you really have a wasp nest in your house, the first thing you should do is to check it thoroughly in every corner inside and outside where you live. Once you have located it, make sure it is a wasp nest and not a honeycomb.
The honeycombs can be distinguished by the fact that they have hexagons, so it is vital to leave them alone. Wasp nests are made of dead wood, which makes them light brown or grey with some spirals in their texture.
Call a professional in a timely manner
Avoid removing wasp nests on your own, especially if you are allergic to their stings or if the nest is not close by. If you need a ladder to remove one of these nests, it is best to desist and call the fire service or pest control experts.
Swarms of wasps, when you try to move them yourself, can cause you to fall from high places, resulting in injuries and medical bills that are more elusive than an exterminator asks for.
Use a special spray to kill wasps
Although we strongly recommend you call a professional to take care of the problem, there are aerosols and chemical powders that are guaranteed to kill all wasps including the queen of the colony. You can buy them in physical shops or online, and you can administer these substances at night when these insects are less aggressive and slower to react. Remember, handling chemicals can be dangerous.
Kill wasps by applying do-it-yourself skills
These are methods commonly used and can be beneficial if you are dealing at a specific moment, to eradicate wasps properly, call the professionals.
Trap made with soda bottles
To make this trap you only need scissors, plastic bottles, tape and a bait (diluted dishwasher or vinegar). The idea is that you place this trap in the corner of the room with wasp problems. First cut off the top of the bottle and place bait at the bottom of the bottle.
Invert the top third of the bottle and insert it into the base. Glue these two pieces together and place the trap in any corner of the room. The wasps are attracted to the bait, and will stagnate at the bottom where they will die.
You must empty the trap periodically to ensure that any wasps that come near are exterminated and to avoid unnecessary accumulation.
False paper nest
Wasps are territorial, so they will not build a nest if they think there is another colony nearby. A false nest is ideal in these cases, and you will need a plastic bag, a paper bag, some bits of paper and some string to make it.
Fill your plastic bag with the bits of paper, these being the inside of the nest, and the plastic bag will do because this is basically the shape of the nest, and it also helps to resist the other components.
Then, wrinkle the paper bag so that it takes the shape of a nest. Once crumpled, open the bag again and place the full plastic bag inside it. Stick the string into the paper bag, making sure it is long enough to hang up easily.
It is important that the false nest is placed as close as possible to the real nest so that the wasps can notice it. Close the door to the room with the wasps and leave the window open so the wasps can leave the room with their colony.