Wasps are beneficial insects preying mainly on other insects, many of which are pests, but are a real nuisance when nesting near homes,
interrupting outside dining, crawling over food and inflicting a painful sting.
If you know where they are, try not to eat and drink near their nesting places, but when this isn't practicable these few simple
precautions, may help.
Using pesticides to control wasps can be effective, but most chemicals are harmful to the environment, so
trythese suggestions to prevent wasps
buzzing around your head and into your house.
Wasps sting TIP avoid wearing bright colours or floral patterns. If you look like a big flower, you may be attracting the curious wasp looking for nectar
Wasp control tips
food sources such as pet food, picnic scraps, open rubbish sacks, open cans and fruit juice.
drinks and open food containers when picnicking or having a BBQ.
Swatting and squashing
wasps is not a good Ideal, when a wasp is squashed it releases a chemical which attracts other wasps.
Stop wasps getting into
your house, by sealing entry points like vents, cracks around windows and door frames.
Ddaily sightings may mean they have already built a nest.
You may be able to locate the
nest by watching the wasps flying in and out of their nest.
Once you have found the nest, most councils will help remove and dispose of it, or put you in touch with
a professional pest control company.
Removing a wasps
yourself from wasp stings, before trying to remove the wasp nest yourself, make sure you are wearing protective clothing.
The best time is late evening or at night when the
wasps are drowsy and slower
to react .
Have someone to hold a torch for you, so both hands are free.
If you can see and get to the wasp nest easily, place a cloth bag over the nest and tie it tightly, making sure its well sealed, then pull the nest
Drop the bag straight into a bucket of water and keep it fully submerged with a heavy stone.
Leave it under water until you are sure all of the wasps are dead, this could take a couple of hours.
Dispose of the bag.
Underground or wall nests are difficult to remove, and should be left to the professional.
Trappings in spring is effective, because in early spring wasps are usually queens and each trapped queen produces thousands of worker
wasps in the late summer. You can buy purpose made wasp traps or follow these instructions and make your own, simple and effective wasp traps.
Water Trap. Cut the top from a 2-liter plastic bottle, take off the screw top. Fill about halfway with water. Coat the neck with
jam, turn it over and fit back on the bottle. Wasps will go down the funnel to get the jam, but will find it difficult to get out and drown.
Jam-jar trap. Pearce holes in the lid just big enough for wasps to get through, half fill with
jammy water and replace the lid. Wasps will crawl through the holes to get to the jam and get trapped in the jam-jar.