Wasp Control - How to Get Rid of Wasps
Wasps aren’t known for their patience, and they will defend their nest. Wasps are quick to attack in large numbers, creating a dangerous situation for you and anyone else who is nearby. The safest way to move a wasp nest is to call in the professionals, but this can be costly so there are a number of DIY wasp control preventative and elimination measures you can take available from Pest Control Supplies.
It is important to know what a wasp looks like. The most common species in the UK include the Common wasp and the German wasp. They have two sets of wings, with the rear set being smaller than the front set. They are not as hairy as bees, and they have distinct yellow and black stripes. The eyes are kidney shaped and their bodies are pointed. The females have a long stinger which can be used repeatedly to inject a victim with venom. As the summer starts cooling down into fall, wasps will become more aggressive and more likely to attack.
Identifying the Nest
Wasps regularly travel to and from the nest. While the nest may not be readily visible, you can look for areas where the wasps seem to be congregating. Wasps make their nests from chewed wood pulp and saliva, so the nest will have a paper-like appearance. In addition to trees and thick hedges, you may also see wasp’s nests in garages, sheds, lofts and bird boxes.
The best course of action is to prevent the wasps from moving onto your property. Go around your house, carefully examining it for holes or cracks where wasps might move in and build a home. Holes in the lawn should be filled in with dirt; holes in the building should be filled with wood or caulked over. Look carefully at the eaves and fill any cracks with caulk. Wasps eat trash and rotting food, so make sure you keep your rubbish containers tightly covered.
Stings and Infections
Wasps are hunting insects, and they spend a great deal of time walking around in nasty areas. Bacteria in the dirt will travel up the stinger and take up residence in the venom sack. This means that if you are stung by a wasp, you are getting a full dose of venom and potentially dangerous bacteria.
Protection from a Single Wasp
If a single wasp has wandered into your home, you can effectively handle the problem with a spray for flying insects, such as Insecto Wasp Destroyer Aerosol Spray. It’s not a bad idea to keep a can in the garage or utility cabinet for this purpose. Multiple wasps appearing in your home indicate the presence of a nest.
You can treat the nest with special powders such as Residex Wasp Killer Dusting Power or foams, for exmaple Protector Wasp Nest Destroyer. The powder would be placed near the entrance to the nest. As the wasps enter and exit the nest, they will pick up the powder on their feet, gradually killing off the inhabitants of the nest. The nest does not have to be visible. You can simply puff the powder into the hole or gap the wasps are moving in and out of. Read the instructions on any chemical to ensure you are using it properly and safely.
Visible nests or entrances can be treated using spray foam. Available in an aerosol can, the foam should be sprayed directly on the nest. It will soak in to the nest, killing any insects inside the nest.
Fumers like the Insecto Wasp Destroyer Bomb can be used in outbuildings and lofts. Simply place the fumer in the area to be treated, set it off and then vacate the area for at least three hours,it is recommended to leave the treated area for a longer time to ensure wasps are dead and not able to cause any harm. The insecticide smoke will fill the air space and seep into all cracks and crevices. It will kill all the insects that are living in the area, making it a highly effective treatment for several different problems.
Avoid Treatment if you are Allergic
Anaphylaxis can set in suddenly if you are allergic to the sting of a wasp. This is a life-threatening condition that can suffocate you if you do not receive help quickly enough. If you have any family history or an allergy to wasps, or suspect an allergy for any other reason, do not attempt to treat the nest yourself. Call in the professionals to safely remove the nest.
Early Treatment is Wise
The longer you wait to treat a wasp nest, the larger that nest will be. As soon as you see a wasp on your property, watch it to see where it goes. While one may be a visitor, seeing a steady line moving in and out of a certain area indicates the presence of a nest. Call to have the nest treated as soon as you identify its location.
Wasps are difficult to live with, because they are a danger to your family. There are treatments available which can be used at home. If you have any concerns about being allergic to wasp stings, then you should leave this chore to the professionals for your own well-being.
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