How to Prevent Wasps

Wasps are the insects that are usually harmless to humans, unless disturbed. Their features are mid-way between bees and ants. They usually feed upon pests and insects and inject their venom into their body. When they bite humans, they inject same kind of venom in their body that causes irritation and redness of the skin. If there is a wasp nest near or in your house creating trouble for you, you need to know how to prevent wasps.

Wasps are beneficial insects for farmers. They help in reducing the pests on the crops. Hence, many farmers have wasp cultures in their farms, which they use to control pests. This is an environmentally safe way to control pests and should be practiced by farmers instead of using synthetic pesticides in their farms. Use of synthetic pesticides can be harmful to us.

The tips given below will help you prevent the wasps in and near your house.

Wasp prevention tips:

  • Even if there are very small entry points for the wasps, they can easily enter into your house. Seal the windows with wire mesh so that wasps cannot enter your house. Even though you seal the windows, they can enter your house through the doors or any other entry point. You cannot completely prevent them from entering your house.
  • The only thing your can do is limit the use of fragrance in your house. Things such as room fresheners that produce fragrance in the house attract these wasps in the house.
  • Even a single wasp in your house can be a reason of nuisance. If you sight a single wasp in your house, this indicates the sign of a wasp nest near your house.
  • Do not kill the wasps with your hand or swat them. When you kill the wasps, they release a chemical called pheromone. This chemical attracts other wasps to enter your house.
  • Wasps are also attracted by food sources. Do not keep any food sources open, keep them closed in a sealed container. They are mostly attracted to sweet food. Therefore, sweet foods such as fruits, jams and jellies should never be kept out; they should always be stored in the refrigerators.
  • Do not use perfumes and bright colored clothes with floral patters on it. Wasps are also attracted to such things.
  • If there are flowerpots in your balcony or in your backyard, it is likely that the wasps build their nests here. Monitor such areas of the house regularly.
  • Even if you see a single wasp in such places, in no time you will see their nest there. As soon as you see their hive in such places, knock it down using a cardboard sheet or a long stick. Cover yourself completely while doing this or else they may bite you. Do not keep any of your body parts exposed; even your head should be covered with a towel or a polythene bag with a hole in it to allow you to breathe.
  • When you have removed all the wasps from the hive, knock down their hive or burn their hive. Wasps have a tendency of returning to their hives or the place where they have built their hive earlier.
  • To prevent these wasps returning to their earlier nest or hive, spray or apply something to that place that will smell unpleasant to them. Usually prefer applying tea tree oil. Wear gloves, add few drops of tea tree oil on the cloth, and apply it in that area.
  • As a safety precaution, you can rub this tea tree oil all over the window frames frequently so that these wasps never stroll near your house.
  • Rubbing the windows or the places where wasps can build their nest with bar soaps is also a good option. This lasts for a longer time and provides prevention against wasps.
  • Sanitation is also important to prevent wasps. Wasps may also get attracted to the smells coming from the garbage bins in your house. Use tightly sealed bins in your house and clean them regularly.
  • Do not plant fruit bearing plants and plants that have fleshy leaves close to your house. If such plants are planted near the house, create traps around them or plant thorny bushes around such plants so that wasps cannot reach them.

Never ever, kill wasps. This will increase their number by attracting others instead of reducing them.

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