Some Facts About Wasps Insects
“Wasps ” refer to any insect of the order of Hymenoptera (suborder apocrita). The most commonly known wasps are hornets and yellow jackets (yellow wasps).Wasp insects pollinate and help the environment, but when they are around people they can be rather aggressive. One should eliminate wasp insect nests before they get too large, as this is the key to wasp control. There are some natural remedies for wasp insect control. Climate change has led to a sudden increase in the wasp population, as there are not enough freezing days for them to die naturally.
Wasp insects are hungry and more aggressive. Never swat or squash a wasp or it will release a pheromone that will attract and invite more wasps into your home. Wasps eat flies and other small insects. If they take up residence in your flat, balcony or house, they can be worse than just a nuisance.
How to prevent or get rid of wasps
Prevention is best as wasps buzz in and out of peoples’ yards or windows to enter your home. Cover foodstuffs, liquids, especially sweet liquids and keep bins covered and the area free of trash. Sweets, nectars, syrups, and perfumes attract wasp insects. Broken sidings and crevices or cracks in walls should be fused and sealed: as wasp insects will try to make their nests there. Make sure screens, windows and doors are “chink or hole-free” so that wasps can’t enter. Decorative “decoy wasps” will keep paper wasps away.
Grow wasp repellent plants like spearmint, thyme, citronella, eucalyptus or wormwood. These plants control wasps and many other insects and add beauty to your garden.
Use peppermint oil on cotton pads placed strategically near windows, ledges, crevices or porches (verandahs or balconies). They hate all mint smells!
Wasp-repellent blend: a blend of lemongrass, clove, and geranium essential oils completely repels worker wasp insects who want to build a new wasp hive (wasp nest). Put several drops of each of these essential oils in a spray bottle filled with water; add a few squirts of dish soap and spray to get rid of wasps.
How to make a wasp trap
Make your own wasp insect control trap by cutting the top off a 2-liter bottle and inserting it inside the bottom. Use a treat like sugar water to attract the wasps: once they go inside, they won’t know how to escape. They will be trapped and die! Here’s how to build a wasp trap. First cut off the top of a 2-liter bottle. Remove the bottle cap and flip the neck-end of the bottle upside-down and place it into the bottle opening you just cut. Tape it together with packing tape or duct tape. Bait the trap with the sugar-water solution. Beer or cola are equally good. Add a touch of cooking oil to the outer rim of the trap so that the wasps will slip-slide into the bottle. Hang the trap up to catch the wasps. When you want to empty it, use boiling water to kill them.
How to remove wasp nests
Removing wasp’s nests (wasp insect hives) is very dangerous so it is strongly recommended to hire an experienced professional to do the job.
If you want to DIY:
(a) Consult your doctor about a wasp-sting allergy test.
(b) Wear strong protective clothing at all times.
(c) Chalk out an escape route to avoid swarming wasps. The most eco-friendly method is to add 2 tablespoons of dish soap to a spray bottle of water and direct it with full force on small hanging nests. They can’t breathe with this and will die instantly.
Experts can “drown” aerial nests: this is not advisable for amateurs. You put a cloth bag over the nest and pull it free: then submerge it. It is strongly recommended to seek professional help for the elimination of wasp nests.
Another method for wasp control is to light a small fire just below a wasp nest and smoke the wasps out. They will suffocate and die, after that you can use a spray bottle of soapy water to kill any remaining wasps. This technique works on outdoor (tree or garden) aerial nests. Not at home, or you may set an accidental fire and create a big problem.