If you thought only bees could sting, you’ve got another think coming. Wasps are summertime insects that can be your worst nightmare if they sting you. The sting usually causes an immediate rash and swelling of the skin and of course, a great deal of pain. The only silver lining is that wasps usually die after stinging.
The big question, however, is where these wasps come from in the first place. You could notice a random wasp hive outside on your patio or on a tree in your backyard and it could make you wonder why they chose to inhabit your house in particular. Well, it’s probably because you drew them here.
What Attracts a Wasp?
Wasps are attracted by the scent of food so if you love to have outdoor parties and barbeques, that could be the reason why there’s a wasp hive sitting in your yard. Wasps are also attracted to sweet things so anything sugary like fruits or juices could attract wasps.
Just like honey bees, wasps also play a role in flower pollination and are attracted to nectar. So if your garden or backyard is full of fresh flowers, wasps could be a problem for you.
Lastly, like mosquitos, wasps are drawn to stagnant water in your backyard. Pooled water, buckets or hoses with water dribbling could potentially bring wasps to your home.
How Can I Get Rid of Wasps?
It takes only a few wasps to make a hive and an empire in your backyard so the moment you spot even one wasp, you should take measures to eliminate or drive them away.
The most important tip to prevent a wasp from biting you is to not instigate it in anyway. Trying to flap it away with your hands or screaming could aggravate it and the wasp could sting in its defense mode. Use insect repellant creams and sprays on yourself to protect yourself from a sting. Also, keep your windows and doors closed so a wasp can’t enter your house.
Once you locate the nest or the hive of the wasps, you should not try to take down it yourself. Taking down the wasp hive by DIY techniques (fire and spray) can be injurious to your health and could damage your property. The best way to deal with a wasp hive is to call a professional pest control company to take down the nest.