How to get rid of wasps


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Information on how to get rid of wasps nests and wasps from your garden, home or business.

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How to get rid of wasps

  1. 1. How to Get Rid of WaspsSure, wasps pollinate the plants responsible for beautifying your lawn, growing your food and producingyour oxygen, but just who do they think they are buzzing around at your backyard pool party?To rid your home or garden of wasps, you first need to understand the different type of wasps in the UK andtheir life cycle.Types of waspsThere are 2 types of wasps that you are likely to come across: solitary wasps and social wasps. Solitarywasps, as their name suggests are loners but social wasps are the ones that cluster together at the height ofsummer, with their nest population reaching anything between 5,000 and 10,000 in number.Solitary waspsThese wasps tend to build their nests in four main locations and normally, they dont cause too much of aproblem to humans, rarely being noticed:In small nests they build themselves from mud or woodIn holes left by other insects such as beetlesInside their prey such as a caterpillar; a solitary wasp paralyses their prey with their sting, killing it. Thewasp then lays her eggs in the body and when hatched, the larvae feed off the bodyThey also nest underground in tunnels they create themselves which, of course, can be a hazard if you arewalking barefoot in your garden
  2. 2. Social waspsSocial wasps tend to be the nests that cause people most concern. They build nests from wood scrapings,cardboard and paper which they mix with their saliva to form cellulose. These nests can commonly be foundunder eaves of houses, in attics, walls, roof spaces, trees, hedges and underground. These are the nests thatbother people most as the wasp population can reach staggering proportions.The good news, however, is that wasps do not use the same nest year after year; the colony will abandonthe nest once the spring and summer cycle is complete. Essentially, wasp nests are a short term problem;you could simply wait until they have vacated their nest in late summer/early autumn, knocking the emptynest down with a broom handle. This will also give you chance to admire the intricate pattern of the waspnest.However if you have a young family, or are allergic to wasp stings or the nest is built in a place where thereis a lot of human activity, the nest can be a problem.Removing a Wasps NestBefore you go ahead to remove the wasps’ nets, the first step is to make sure you wear protective clothing,in this case rubber clothing, making sure to fully cover your body from wasp stings. When removing hangingwasps nest you will then proceed to use a pressurized bomb and promptly follow the instructions on thebomb’s cover which indicates method of use.The bomb is usually shot at the wasps’ nest’s opening and while doing so make sure to do it from a safedistance. Aside from using a bomb you can also procure special wasp sprays which you will deploy using anozzle sprayer. The good thing about using a nozzle sprayer is the fact that it has a far reach hence you cando the job from a safe distance of up to 20 feet.You can also light a small fire below a hanging wasp’s nest. The smoke created by the fire will kill the waspsand those that are not dead will be irritated into abandoning the nest.Wasps with underground nests are relatively easier to deal with. After wearing protective clothing, youneed to equip yourself with gasoline or kerosene. You also need a large, wet cloth. A towel will also sufficeand lastly you need a shovel.
  3. 3. The first step is to douse a generous amount of the fuel on the wasp’s nest opening after which youimmediately proceed to cover the opening with the wet cloth.The purpose of the wet cloth is to prevent the fuel’s fumes from escaping which will work to kill the waspsafter which you can cover the area using your shovel.After effectively removing the wasps nest you lastly need to make sure to take preventative measures to barthe wasps from building nest near your home in future. The first measure is sealing garbage cans andmaking sure the compound around your house is frequently cleaned as the garbage and dirt attract wasps.Wasps are also attracted by fruits so if there are fruit trees around your house you should make sure topluck from trees and pick fallen fruits as they are a wasp magnet. In the event that your wasp problem getsout of hand, you should make sure to contact your local pest expert and have the job done professionally.A point of thumb when doing wasp nest removal is to do the exercise at night. This is because the wasps areless active at night as compared to daytime. A warning tip when getting rid of wasps is never to use regularinsecticides as some of them don’t work and will cause the wasps to be irritated thus attacking those nearthe nest.Removing a wasp nest is always a danger though and so Id recommend getting a professional to do it suchas Wasp Nest Removal Derby.