Wasps are just one of the many insects that individuals around the world are afraid of. Actual phobias of these critters are enough to completely ruin the day for someone if they come in contact with one. Even something as small as finding one in the backyard is enough to fill them with dread.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways in which you are able to safely and naturally eliminate wasps, and you do not always need to resort to killing them. Believe it or not, wasps actually are extremely good for the ecosystem.
Why Wasps Are Great
Wasps help to keep the population of other insects down. Jacksonville Wildlife Removal? Their principal food source tends be other bugs you’d rather not have around anyway, so with no yellow and black demons, we would be overrun with gnats, midges, spiders, caterpillars, bees, flies, and even other wasps.
As well as ensuring the population of living bugs are kept down, wasps also help to ‘clean’ the decomposing corpses of dead bugs all around us. Yellowjackets for example, are nasty and horrifying creatures than many of us would rather run 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
In case you’ve encountered a wasp, the best advice when you hear it is not to run off or flap your hands around. Generally, wasps will only sting you if they are feeling threatened and although your behavior may not seem too threatening to you, you are a good deal larger than they are. To them you seem simply terrifying.
Avoiding wasps is a good idea if you can but it is not always possible, and if you find yourself with a debatable area in which the wasps seem to swarm, it could very well be that you have a nest in your hands. At this time you should definitely call in pest management. This isn’t a problem you will want to manage unarmed.
Traps may be used if you’re trying to have a BBQ in the back garden and find yourself with a wealth of those annoying insects flying around. Fill the bottom section of a large soda bottle about halfway with water and you’ve got yourself a wasp trap. The wasps can fly in the funnel but can’t get back out again, normally becoming exhausted and dying in the water below. In case you didn’t know, wasps hate water.
You are able to replace the water with a sweet beverage if you wish to encourage the wasps away from wherever you are. Simply put the trap far enough away to not cause you a problem and let the wasps swarm. You will encourage them to come closer to you, but hopefully they’ll be more attracted to the trap as opposed to you and your visitors.
The problem with this method is that you’ll need to dispose of the wasps and / or the bottle afterwards. After a time, a growing number of wasps will develop and having enough of a coating, they’ll be able to clamber their way straight back out of the trap again. This isn’t something you’ll need – more wasps flying around you, and not effective trap to safely capture them in.
Obviously with traps, you encourage the death of those insects and as we’ve already said, wasps actually are very good for the ecosystem. For a more effective solution, and also a more humane one, you should probably consider using repellents as opposed to traps.
There are numerous clever ways in which you’ll be able to repel wasps rather than kill them. A bogus wasps nest for example, is sufficient to keep most of those flying stingers at bay, and can be found fairly cheap from most places also, especially online.
Wasps are massively territorial therefore if they spot a nest and feel a different colony lives there, they’re likely to keep their distance. Who would want to take on an entire colony of wasps alone? Not me that’s for certain!
Peppermint oil is another excellent tool you have at your disposal and many insects and other pests hate this stuff. Spiders seemingly don’t like it very much and neither do rats or mice. I can not confirm whether or not this is accurate but I regularly have peppermint oil in the house being used in one kind or another, and I have never had rats or mice and that I seldom get spiders.
In accordance with other studies, wasps do not really like spicy stuff either so that you can try making a chilli-based spray and turn up the temperature on those waspy beasts! A few cups of water mixed with a few chopped up chilli peppers on the heat for some time before massaging and cooling into a spray bottle is the best issue to take with you when you go camping!
Oh and here’s a last tip – seemingly bees and wasps don’t like cinnamon. Why don’t you sprinkle some around until you set the BBQ going?
If, after all of your hard work and efforts, you are still finding yourself having a very annoying wasp problem, it might be time to admit defeat and just call in the pros. Pest controller are there for a reason and they may have the one simple solution you are needing to eventually get rid of those wasps once and for all!
And those are the safe and natural approaches to eliminate wasps!