Bee Safe In and Around Your Home: Natural Ways to Get Rid of Wasps

Many people tend to consider wasps as a nuisance but they definitely have their place in the natural order of things and as they prey mainly on other insects that we consider as pests, it makes sense to find a way to deal with their presence in or around your home.

Spot the difference

The first thing to do if you suspect you have a problem with a wasps nest and what to take action, is to identify whether you do actually have wasps or honeybees.

Although they are related, bees and wasps are fundamentally different in a number of specific ways.

You will find that most wasps have a quite narrow equivalent of what we would call a waistline, where the front portion of their abdomen tapers into a small tube where it attaches to the middle body section.

A particular feature of bees is that they don’t have this narrowing of the abdomen, so take a look and see if you can spot the difference.

Wasp deterrents

It is important that you correctly identify that you have a wasp nest or infestation that needs to be dealt with rather than honeybees, which need to be protected.

Once you are satisfied that your problem is with wasps, there are a number of natural methods and deterrents to use that may well resolve the problem in the best way possible.

You may well have already discovered that wasps can become very defensive if their nest is disturbed so you will need to deal with the problem without a direct confrontation if you can help it.

A couple of good tips to remember when you are setting about tackling a wasp problem are to avoid swatting and avoid wearing bright colors or strong perfumes.

When you squash a wasp, it releases a pheromone which attracts other nearby wasps, so this action is often counterproductive and could even be dangerous if you are susceptible to insect bites.

Brightly colored clothing or floral patterns can attract curious wasps in search of nectar, so think about what you are wearing if tackling a wasp’s nest and also avoid strong perfume too, as wasps are attracted to sweet smells.

A good deterrent to try as a first line of defense is a bee free wasp deterrent.

This is a fake nest that can be very effective in keeping wasps away in the first place, because wasps are territorial and they will not wish to build a nest near to where they believe there is already a wasp colony in residence.

Destroying an existing nest

If it is too late to be proactive and deter wasps from setting up a nest in your home, you will need to try and adopt some sensible strategies in order to safely destroy an existing nest.

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If you find a wasps nest inside your home, you want to consider employing the services of a specialist attic cleaning service, who can normally take care of all aspects of dealing with the infestation and applying some preventative measures to stop them returning.

If you decide to have a go yourself, make sure you wear protective clothing that covers your whole body and a good pair of gloves. Check carefully that you have left no exposed parts of your body before attempting to destroy or remove an existing nest, as wasps are adept at targeting even the smallest exposed areas when they attack.

It is advisable to wait until darkness has fallen, as wasps are normally drowsier and have slower reactions during the night, but you should still exercise caution.

If you are removing an aerial nest, place a cloth bag directly over the entire nest and then act quickly to seal it by tying it securely at the top. Ideally, you should pull the nest free almost as simultaneously as you have tied it and then proceed to place the sealed bag in a pale of water that you have already prepared.

Submerge the bag with the nest and use a heavy object like a rock to keep it under the water.

Do not under any circumstances, attempt or burn an active nest or try to flood the nest with water while it is place, as you will quickly have to contend with some very angry and aggressive wasps, which is not a scenario that is recommended.

Underground or inside wall nests can be very challenging to remove and is a task that is probably best left to a professional, but do check with them what methods they will be using, as there are plenty of non-toxic and natural options that are effective and offer a natural solution.

After working for over a decade in the pest control industry as a technician for a national pest control company, Jon Webb saw the havoc pests are able to wreck on our homes and businesses. Jon found that many customers had no one to turn to for cleaning and decontamination of pest infestations. In Jon’s words, “I began taking on work while I was still working as a pest control technician where I learned, studied, and cultivated my craft. After obtaining several licenses and certifications, I was able to do attic cleaning, pest cleanup, infestation decontamination, and insulation removal according to industry standards and strict guidelines. I now exclusively clean attics, decontaminate pest infestations, and remove and install insulation”. Jon enjoys sharing his know how online. Bee Safe. 

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