Best Thing To Do When You Find a Wasp Nest
Generally, the biggest clue that there is a wasp nest nearby is when you start noticing there are a lot of wasps in the vicinity. The good news is that wasps are not usually aggressive if you leave them alone.
However, if you venture too close to their nest and they perceive you as a threat then they are likely to attack. That means multiple wasps attacking you multiple times. That can be painful or a serious issue if you suffer from an allergic reaction.
Of course, some wasps are more aggressive, such as hornets and yellow jackets. That’s why it’s a good idea to chat with your local pest control company. They can make you aware of the biggest threats in your area and take steps to avoid wasp nests being created around your home.
Assess The Location
The first thing you need to do is look at where the nest is. You don’t need to get close to it, simply observe where it is.
If the nest is in a tree somewhere in your yard then it is not likely to be an immediate threat. But, if they have created a nest under the eaves of your porch and you pass it every time you enter or exit the house, it’s an issue. They are likely to see your frequent passing as aggression and may attack.
Call Professional Help
Wasps and bees can be dangerous and it’s not advisable to attempt to remove a nest yourself. There can be thousands of wasps living in one nest. The best option is to get the exterminators to eliminate the nest for you.
They usually pump it full of a chemical that quickly kills the wasps, allowing them to remove the nest and dispose of it in a safe place.
The professionals have the right gear, keeping them safe while you can watch from the safety of your home.
It is worth noting that wasps play a role in pollination and maintaining the local environment. If their nest is far enough away from your home and you can avoid it, you may be better leaving it alone for the summer. The wasps will leave it at the start of winter and don’t usually come back to the same nest.
It can be difficult to persuade wasps not to nest in or around your home and yard. But, there are several things you can do which can help:
- Fake nests
You can purchase fake nests that look like real wasps nests. Hanging these around your yard will help to convince wasps to find somewhere else to stay. Although they can live near other nests, they prefer not to be too close.
- Wasp-repelling plants
You’ll find an abundance of plants that naturally repel wasps. Some of the most common are marigolds, wormwood, mint, and even geraniums. Planting them in strategic places will help to persuade wasps that there are better places to build their nests.