Wasps and yellowjackets are dangerous stinging pests that can quickly locate your house and plan for a more extended stay. These stinging insects mainly increase in number during summers, and keeping your kids safe from their bites is a significant task.
Step 1: Identify The Difference Between Different Stinging Insects
One way to start your sting-free mission is to identify the different types of insects present in your outdoors. There are chances that you may mistake a bee for a wasp. Bees have a sturdy out layer, while wasps are slender and have a tapered waist region. Externally bees have hair follicles, while wasps are nice and smooth.
The yellowjacket is a common species of wasp. They are called so due to their yellow and black striped pattern present throughout the body. Their nests are very prominent in hanging structures. Paper wasps are also a species of wasps. They are golden brown and have dark yellow patches. They seemed to be less aggressive unless you disturb their nests. Hornets are another species that have stout, black bodies with grey markings. They also are harmless if left unprovoked.
Step 2: Gather Your Protective Tools
Your protection is essential because there is a chance that the wasp may attack you with a string while you try to get rid of them. The safety equipment you should have is as follows:
- Gloves – to handle their nests because there are high possibilities of eggs in them.
- Goggles- to prevent any stings on your face
- Protective clothing- when venturing into darker areas of your house or when outdoors
If you go in short sleeves or short trousers, the wasps will have a good time stinging you. However, they do so only if you provoke them, but precaution is always better.
Step 3: Locate The Origin Of The Nest
If you see wasps all around, there are chances a colony is present with more than one nest. They mostly build their nests in corners where they are not disturbed by humans. Also, their nests are not as huge as bees. Wasps have relatively smaller nests, sometimes smaller than the shape of an egg. Some of the ideal areas for building nests include:
- Near window panes
- In your garden on trees
- Behind doors
- On window panes
- Overhangs in the house
Step 4: Decide On A Treatment Plan
There are so many ways by which you can treat these wasps, but it depends on factors such as the colony size, location, and the harm caused by them. One approach is to treat the nests with insecticidal spray. Some of the details to be kept in mind before you spray include:
- Read the instructions given on the label when treating wasps because there can be components that could be harmful to humans.
- Spray during the dark because the insect is less mobile during those hours.
- Wear a mask while you saturate the nest.
- Stand away from the nest and not near it.
Another approach is to block the entry points of these wasps. If the nest is outdoors, then there are chances that these wasps can invade your house through openings such as doors, windows, or even the ventilators. Special attention goes to your roofing, balcony, and basement because these points allow the wasps to slide in easily. One way to seal your windows is to fix nets so that wasps and other insects like mosquitoes do not appear. Another technique includes setting glass wherever there are open spaces that cannot be closed completely.
Make A Wasp Trap!
You can make a wasp trap at home, and this approach can be very efficient. All you need is a plastic bottle and bait such as mixed fruit juice or overripe fruit.
- Take a plastic bottle and cut its top above the label.
- Pour the bait into the bottle.
- Now, place the top upside down into the bottle so that the wasps can enter but not exit.
- Place this in the corner of your house, and check back in two to three days.
- You can use the bait, along with the trapped wasps, as compost.
The bottom line!
Though wasps are important pollinators and are essential for keeping the parasitic population at bay, they can be troublesome when they increase in colonies and evade your personal space. If you locate one or two, there’s no harm. But frequent visits during the day are a sign of infestation. So while you follow these steps, make sure you have your protection because their stings can be alarming.