Do wasps bother you? There are ways to get rid of them without resorting to chemical insecticides that may be harmful to children and pets. But there are cases when the best option is to leave the task of getting rid of wasps to professional exterminators:
– if you are allergic to wasp stings, because getting stung by a wasp is extremely dangerous, even potentially fatal for people with the allergy. If you don’t know whether you are allergic or not, ask your doctor to order an allergy test;
– if the nest (or nests) is difficult to reach. Using a ladder to get to the nest is not recommended, because wasps may swarm and startle you, making you fall and injure yourself.
In other cases, you can try the following methods:
To prevent wasps from returning once the season comes, use these tips:
– you sure don’t want wasps inside your house – examine it thoroughly for any possible entry points and seal them;
– plant spearmint, citronella, eucalyptus, or wormwood around your house – wasps hate their smell;
– remove empty nests during winter;
– make sure all garbage cans have tight lids;
– if there are fruit trees around your house, harvest ripe fruits right away and pick up fallen ones from the ground;
– hanging fake wasp nests may do the trick, because these insects are highly territorial creatures. You can buy them at gardening or hardware stores; some people even use brown lanterns or paper bags as fake nests;
– don’t leave your food, drinks, or pet food outside, or at least cover it;
– wasps hate the smell of mint; put cotton balls soaked in peppermint essential oil in places where the insects are likely to build their nests;
– make a mixture of lemongrass, clove, and geranium essential oils, water, and dish soap, and spray it strategically in places where wasps can make their home.
1. Place glue traps in places where there are wasps; however, they work only if there aren’t too many of these insects.
2. Make a water trap from a plastic bottle: cut the neck off a 2 L plastic bottle, remove the cap, flip the neck, and put it inside the bottom part of the bottle, tape or staple the two parts together, attach a string or rope to hang the trap. Soda or just water with sugar can be used as bait; add some vinegar to it to deter honeybees. Bees are also uninterested in beer and meat.
3. Smoke wasps out of aerial nests: make a small fire or fire a grill under the nest, letting the smoke rise for 1–2 hours, so all the insects leave. Once you’re sure the nest is empty, put the fire out and knock the nest down. You may want to keep a spray bottle filled with water and dishwashing liquid somewhere near you, in case some wasps stayed in the nest.
4. You can remove the nest, but this procedure isn’t the safest option. It should be done at night, when the wasps are least active, and you should wear protective clothing, covering your whole body. Place a cloth bag over the nest as carefully as possible in order not to disturb the insects, and quickly tie the top, making sure none of them can get out. Tear the nest from its fixed position and quickly place it in the bucket of water. Put a large rock on top of it to keep the nest fully submerged. Another similar method is using a plastic bag to seal the nest and leaving it in the sun for a few days or in the freezer.
5. Make your own natural insecticide, using peppermint oil. Add 30 drops of peppermint oil and about 30 ml of dishwashing liquid to 500 ml (2 cups) of water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, shake well, and apply it on wasps and nests. Caution: For this method, protective clothing is also required.
6. You can also make a solution from dishwashing liquid (30–60 ml) and water (500 ml). It can be used in the same way as the method described above, or you can use a hose end sprayer for the best effect.
7. Some people say spraying WD-40 in wasps’ favorite places, and on nests and wasps directly, is an effective method, but we recommend to be cautious.