A wasp looks lethal and fearsome from afar and at close quarters their menacing buzz reinforces this notion. But it is not just a notion. A wasp can sting you several times because upon stinging it doesn’t lose it stinger like the bee. Instead it can sting repeatedly as long as it feel threatened.
To their credit wasps ten to control the other insect population in your space because they will eat other smaller insects in the garden and the nearby vicinity.
What attracts wasps?
Wasps are attracted to your home by the presence of overhangs and ceilings because these areas provide excellent protection for their nest which contains the queen and her eggs. By having a protected area for their nest they are able to continue propagating and growing their colony.
If there is a supply of weathered wood paper wasps are guaranteed material to help them make their nests which attracts them to the place. The wasps chew the wood matter and mix it with their saliva and to create a paper like pulp which they proceed to use to build the nest.
They look for indoor shelter to escape the elements and the find a safe place to over winter. This is especially true for the females because they need to survive in order to make a colony in the warmer months. The good news is that wasps do not survive the winter season as they die of and a new colony is formed.
If there is a good supply of insects near your space you can be sure you can be sure wasps will stay around your home and form nests. The insects are their food supply and in this regard they can be considered beneficial pests.
How to get rid of wasps
You have the option of using home remedies like peppermint oil because wasps abhor the scent of mint. You can also choose to plant mint in your garden so they will not be able to find food from your garden. Insecticides that contain peppermint work well as well. Add a small amount of peppermint oil to cotton balls and place them strategically in the overhangs of your home as well as the ceiling and eaves.
Another excellent home remedy is a honey tap where you place water and sugar in a bottle with a little dish washing soap and let the wasp crawl in. it won’t be able to crawl out of the slippery bottle.
The bolder people may be inclined to destroy their nest which should be done at night and not during the day to avoid being stung. With the nest gone they will go and look for another place to set up house.