Wasps are a common pest problem in homes and businesses. Below is background information and practical advice on ways that you can make your environment less attractive to wasps. Ultimately, the best way to get rid of a wasp problem is to call a professional pest technician.
Painful Garden Pests
Most wasps are not predatory and will only attack when threatened. Many wasps are equipped with venomous stings that can cause highly allergenic reactions in some people and pain to most.
If a nest is located near an entrance to your home, alfresco area or deck where you spend a lot of time, you may need to take action to control wasps. If you attempt to remove an active wasp nest, wasps will attack and call in other members of the nest to join the attack.
Unlike a bee, which can only sting once (and leaves the stinger behind in the skin), wasps can sting repeatedly. For instance, the European wasp emits a scent chemical (pheromone) that alerts other European wasps to attack.
The sting of a wasp has certain features, including:
- Burning pain
- Raised lump
- Local inflammation.
Controlling And Taking Precautions Against Wasps
A key step in controlling wasps is to make your home environment less attractive to them. Wasps look for protein in the form of meat and sugar for carbohydrates. One way to keep them out of your yard is to pick up fallen fruit and keep pet food indoors. They also like water and compost heaps.
Steps To Make The Home Less Attractive To Wasps
- Keeping areas dry, eliminating standing water, fixing leaking taps and removal of all sources of free water – particularly during hot weather
- If wasps are about, ensure any soft drinks, beers or wines are served in clear glass or clear plastic cups. Wasps will frequently enter open cans and bottles and can be extremely dangerous if swallowed
- Ensure that your outdoor rubbish bins have tight-fitting lids
- Cover compost bins
- If you see a wasp, leave it alone – it will only attack if provoked
- Ensure children and pets are kept well clear of wasp swarms and wasp nests
- If possible, reduce the number of flowers in the garden as many wasps are nectar feeders and this will encourage them to go elsewhere for a food source
Why Have A Professional Treatment?
- Reduces the risk of an attack from a disturbed nest and will kill the nest quickly and effectively.
- A qualified pest control operator is trained to find the location of the nest and identify the species of wasp
- Treatments are highly effective as they target the specific wasp species
- Professional technicians are trained in wasp biology and breeding habits – they know what type of treatment suits the wasp and the environment