Colonies of hornet wasps are at their peak in the late summer and their nests can contain as many as 700. But wasp nests are bigger still and their numbers can reach 10,000.
So, it’s a good plan to keep any of those nests away from your home. But what happens when you do so?
How to Detect a Wasp Nest
How many of you actually know how to recognise that wasps have made their nest near your home? And how many of you know what to do if you find wasps at home or how to avoid a wasp sting?
So, we thought we’d help you out with some hints and tips on wasp nest identification.
The first thing to look for is an over-abundance of these pesky insects. If you find yourself harassed by wasps when you’re out in the garden, chances are you’ve got yourself an infestation and they’ve built a nest nearby.
If you have a vegetable garden, you can be sure that’s the thing that drew them in. If you have lots of still water, you’ve just scored another point.
It should be pretty simple to find the location of the nest if you stand still for a few minutes and study the flight path. Observe them long enough and you’ll be able to spot where they’re coming from.
Look around the roof. Maybe even around your neighbour’s roof. Look closely at the fascias and soffits to determine if they have started to deteriorate and rot. If damaged, they could open up gaps that the wasps can take advantage of and get into the loft.
Another favourite place for wasps is the area where cables enter the house, garden sheds, or garages. But be aware that a wasp nest can also appear in the ground. In this case they would make a hole, which will be most likely covered by leaves and other debris they’ve found on the ground.
What to Do if You Have a Wasp Nest
Trying to do anything with a wasp nest by yourself might not just be one of your worst decisions in life, but in some cases it might also be the last you’ll ever make.
This is especially so if you don’t know whether or not you’re allergic to a wasp sting.
- The first thing you need to do is contact your local council. You can be offered a wasp nest removal service for a small fee.
- Another option is to call a commercial exterminator.
Both facilities will send people who are educated on dealing with wasp nests and who also have the right equipment and protective wear to deal with it swiftly, easily, and safely.
While waiting for any of them to arrive (since this might take some time), it’s wise that you leave the nest alone, wear protective clothing and, if possible, keep your doors and windows closed.
How to Get Rid of a Wasps Nest
If you feel brave and educated enough, you can try to get rid of the wasp nest yourself, even though this course of action is not recommended.
- Do it at night. Wasps are slower and less aggressive at night. Use a red- or amber- colored light as softer light won’t attract the wasps to you. Make sure you have protective wear on and have planned an escape route in case things don’t go as planned.
- Use pesticides. Buy a wasp-killing aerosol spray and target the bottom opening of the nest in accordance with the instructions on the can. Leave the spray to take effect overnight and observe whether there’s activity on the next day. Repeat again until you’re certain the wasps are dead. Then, proceed to take down the nest with a long stick.
- Smoke the nest. Light a fire directly below the nest for a few hours. This will either suffocate or force the wasps out. Once they’re gone, you can take down and dispose of the nest.
- Drown the nest. This method includes direct contact with the wasp nest, so make sure you’re well protected. You need a good cloth bag with no holes, which you will use to wrap around the whole nest. Tie up the top tightly and take it off the tree. Then dump it in a bucket of water and place something heavy on top. Leave it like that overnight.
What to Do if You Get Attacked by a Swarm of Wasps
The most important thing to remember when attacked by a swarm of wasps is to run away as quickly as possible.
Try to get inside your house. If possible, jump into a body of water.
Keep the insects away from your face and neck as being stung in these areas has a high probability of causing an allergic reaction.
Do Wasps Attack You for No Reason?
This depends on the wasp. The three most widely spread species of wasp have a different behaviour towards humans and other creatures they consider a threat.
- Paper wasps will only attack if they feel threatened, but their sting is very painful and dangerous.
- Yellow jackets can be very aggressive, stinging multiple times and attacking in swarms.
- Hornets also sting once they feel threatened and their venom is especially painful.
How to Prevent Wasps from Returning
If, by some miracle, you managed to get rid of a wasp nest yourself, you would need to make sure they don’t come back. For this purpose…
- Seal entry points. Do an inspection of your house and fix unsealed vents and cracks around the structure.
- Seal garbage cans. We’ve said it a lot of times before – the scent of food attracts all living beings, including wasps.
- Harvest fruit trees. It’s better that you don’t have any fruit trees near your house as they are very good at attracting wasps, bees, and basically any insect that loves sugar (which is all of them). But if you do have those around, make sure you harvest the fruit as soon as possible and don’t leave any fallen or rotting ones on the ground.
- Hang fake nests. You can purchase fake wasp nests from your local gardening shop. Wasps would never make their own colony in the territory of another, so this is a good way to fool them.
Wasps are a tough pest to fight, so the best thing to do is to call for professionals to take care of the problem.
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