When it comes to insects that sting, a wasp is one of the most dangerous. Wasps can sting victims over and over again. The stinger of the wasp is not like the barbed one of the honey bee. Wasp venom is extremely dangerous to those that have an allergy to it. Even for individuals that are not allergic to it, being stung repeatedly by a wasp can be quite dangerous.
Wasp nests can be found in an attic, on the roof of a porch, in sheds, and on the eaves of a home, as well as similar locations. If you begin to see a large quantity of wasps hanging near your home, it is a good idea to look around for the wasp nest and to destroy it as soon as you possibly can.
Types of Wasps
The two types of wasps that exist are solitary wasps and social wasps. The social wasp is the one that stings. These types of wasps prefer to create their nests in areas like in an attic or under a roof or on the roof peak.
Solitary wasps typically will not make a nest, but will lay their eggs in the nest of their prey. There are some solitary wasps that will attach their eggs to the larvae of another insect such as a moth or a butterfly. They do this so that when the eggs hatch they can start eating the host’s flesh immediately. The solitary wasp is more compliant than the social wasp since they do not have a colony or nest that they are trying to defend. In fact, solitary wasps are often thought to be helpful in controlling pests such as aphids, beetles, and caterpillars that can destroy plants.
Getting Rid of Social Wasps
When considering wasp removal you need to find social wasps and try to destroy their nests. Most social wasps will build their nests close to places where people reside. It is important to remove a wasp’s nest that is close to a home’s entrance or in trees located in your backyard or in the park as they can be quite dangerous.
The best time to destroy a wasp’s nest is either before the sun rises or after sunset. The reason for this is because at dusk the wasps will go back to the nest and remain there until the sun rises. Getting rid of the nest during this time will ensure that the majority of the wasps are killed in the process.
Underground Wasp Nests
If you are trying to get rid of a wasp’s nest that is underground, you will want to make sure to wear clothes that are made out of rubber. The reason for this is because a wasp’s stinger can easily go through cotton or woollen clothing.
Diesel, gas, or kerosene can be poured into the entry of the wasp is located underground. After pouring one of these types of gasses into the hole you will then want to cover up the entrance with towel that is wet.This will keep the wasps from flying out and the fumes of the fuel will kill them. There is no need to light the fuel on fire.
Hanging Wasp Nests
Make sure to wear thick or rubber clothes when attempting to help avoid being stung. A special pressurized bomb is the best way to destroy a wasp nest that is hanging. Make sure to follow the instructions provided on the pressurized bomb that is chosen. Make sure that you stand away from the nest and aim for the mouth of the nest. If it does not make it into the mouth of the nest, there is no need to worry as all the wasps will still be destroyed.
For those that are willing to risk it, there are a few home remedies that can be used as a way of getting rid of wasps. Here are some things that you may want to try:
- Spray the nest with a wasp killing spray
- Light a small fire under a hanging wasp nest. The smoke will suffocate the wasps. Some will die and the others will leave the nest.
- Wasps like sweet things. Fill a jug with a mixture of sugar water. Hang the jug in an area near the nest. The jug should have a small opening at the top. The wasps will fly into the jug and then get stuck in the sugar water.
- Another option is to hang some beef liver from a branch on a tree. Under the pieces of liver, place a can filled with soap water. The wasps will eat the liver and then feel too heavy to fly away. They will fall into the soapy water and die.
There are some preventative measures that can be taken in order to avoid having wasps infest your home. Here are some tips to prevent wasps from building nests:
- Make sure that your garbage cans that are kept outdoors have lids that fit tightly. Wasps like to hover near garbage cans.
- Trim weeds and keep your lawn short. Keep the outside area of your home clean. Wasps like to create their nests in areas that are overgrown.
- Always keep food covered and clean up any spills immediately.
- If you have fruit trees in your yard, make sure that you pick the fruits as soon as they are ripe and also pick up any fallen fruit as wasps will tend to hover near it.
Wasps can be extremely dangerous and it is important to get rid of them when they have created a nest near your home. If you are not able to get rid of them on your own, call Bugz Pest Control for help. Professional help is often the safest and most effective way to get rid of any type of pest infestation that you may be facing.