It’s funny to think that one of the smallest insects in the world can also be one of the most terrifying. The humble wasp is not a big threat by itself, but when an angry swarm comes at you then you have a right to feel afraid.
Fortunately wasps don’t tend to swarm except when they are looking for a new nest or when they are defending their own.
Of course this could be an issue if you have a wasps nest.
Here’s what you should do to control and remove their nests.
Consider If It Is Necessary
The first thing you should do is consider whether it I really necessary to remove a nest. If the nest is not in your house or part of the yard that you use often you may prefer to leave it until the winter months.
In the winter the male wasps generally die, leaving just the queens to carry their offspring into the New Year. The queen will find a suitable place to hibernate for the colder months. The nests should be dormant after the first frost and easy to get rid of.
You can then ask your local pest control services to take a look at the size and activity of the nest; once it is dormant it is much easier to move.
Get the Professionals
If you need to remove the wasps nest then it is worth getting the professionals in to do it for you. You can click here to see the range of services they offer.
Professionals have the right equipment and knowledge to remove the nest safely.
Better still, you can stay safely inside while they do it!
Wasps do not like to build their nests too close to other wasps. You can purchase decoy nests and hang them round your house and yard. This should discourage the wasps from creating the nests in the first place.
If you do notice a wasp in your yard then you can watch the direction they fly in to locate where they have created their nest.
You cannot put a decoy nest up after they have created their nest; they will see it as a threat and attack it.
If you decide to tackle the wasps nest yourself then you should note that they are least active at night or in the early morning; when it’s cooler.
This is the best time to strike. You will need protective clothing over all of your body to stop the wasps stinging you. You will also need a good quality insecticide.
It is worth considering the location of the nest and the easiest escape route should you need it.
A bag can also be useful if you can easily access the nest; it is possible to spray insecticide and then scoop the entire nest into a bag, effectively trapping the wasps.
Keep It Sweet
Wasps and bees are attracted to sweet smells, believing that they may be nectar. To minimize the attraction for wasps you should avoid wearing sweet smelling perfume and consider keeping the most attractive flowers away from the walls of your home.