How to get rid of wasps
Wasps are one of the more unwelcome sights of the summer – buzzing menacingly around bins, the doors of your home and patio dining tables.
While wasps have an important part to play in nature, they can also be a serious pest owing to their tendency to deliver multiple painful stings.
As a result, the sight of wasps buzzing around your home or work premises is very often an unwelcome one – but be prepared as wasp season is due to get underway anytime now.
Summer is officially wasp season with increasing numbers becoming apparent from May onwards. While August and September are usually the height of wasp season, wasps will become established from the very start of the warmer months.
While wasps are excellent helpers in the fight to control plant-damaging insects for families they are certainly unwelcome in numbers.
Plan ahead to avoid problems with wasps
If you are concerned about the number of wasps that you are seeing around your home or business – or have experienced problems in the past and want to avoid a repeat experience now is the time to plan ahead and learn how to get rid of wasps in your house or garden.
The first step in keeping wasps at bay is to remove or cover anything that may actually attract them to your property, including:
- Make sure bins are properly sealed
- Keep food areas clear – especially avoid leaving sweet food and drinks out
- Repair any areas where there are cracks that may allow wasps into the home
Having taken all the precautions possible, it is important to remain vigilant in looking out for wasps on or around your property.
If you begin to notice an increasing number of wasps there is a chance that there may be a wasps’ nest on your property or near to it.
With an increased presence of wasps be careful not be stung but try to locate where the wasps’ nest is by tracking the movements of the wasps.
On finding a wasps’ nest it is imperative to seek professional advice as, depending on the species of wasp, the nest could contain thousands of wasps, which will present a serious health hazard.
Common locations to find a wasps’ nest include lofts, garages, roof eaves, gardens, sheds and trees.
What to do if you find a wasps’ nest
Once you have found a wasps’ nest call in expert help to remove it from your property – it is strongly advised not to take action yourself due to the risk posed.
While wasps’ nests can be dealt with and removed, it is vital to differentiate between wasps and bees, as bees are offered a greater level of protection and should not be moved.
Obviously, the appearance of bees differs to wasp, but their nests are also notably different, having a waxy appearance.
If you spot a bees’ nest on your property you will most likely have to leave it untouched until the season is over and the nest empty. It may be possible to enlist the help of a beekeeper but any action to make the nest safe must be taken by a professional, so it is always advised to call for help.
If you are concerned that you have a wasps’ nest on your property, or have discovered a nest, Pest Busters will be able to help.
Contact Pest Busters for help dealing with wasps on your property and keep your family safe throughout the summer.
Birmingham Office, Highfield Farm, Middle Ln, King’s Norton, Birmingham B38 0DX