The problems that come with a wasps’ nest
Wasps are a common sight in many gardens, but unlike their fellow bumbling relative’s bees, wasps are not welcome. They are generally considered to be pests, and the most serious problem with these insects is that they tend to nest in well-protected areas such as, in the trunk of trees, inside bins, or even under decking or balcony areas.
Even worse than this, they can enter people’s homes through small holes in masonry or gaps between the wall and roof. Wasps tend to move into the roof of houses- or sometimes even rooms- due to the dry, warm and secure surrounding which makes the perfect place to build a nest.
During this nesting period, the wasp population may expand to more than 10,000 insects. When wasps nest in somebodies home, they can be a serious threat to the family due to wasps repeated stings when they feel the nest is threatened. Wasps can be extremely territorial and may sting someone that enters the room that they are nesting in.
Nest removal can be a complex process, and can sometimes result in having to move out of an infested house while the nest is sprayed. There are ways to avoid such a drastic measure, and the simple solution it to try your best to prevent wasps nesting in your home to begin with.
Wasps tend to nest in places which are well covered, and where they can find a food source nearby. The first step to preventing wasps from nesting in your home is to remove temptation. Temptation for wasps come in the form of open bins, food remnants or other domestic waste. If you have a compost heap, be sure to keep it as far away from the house as possible along with any other decaying matter.
Log piles supply the ideal habitat for wasps to nest in, often logs are piled near the house for convenience and therefore are usually placed near waste bins. Due to wasps tendency to gather where they are able to get easy access to food, wood piles become a convenient location to nest in, be sure to move the piles away from the house to prevent this from happening.
You will always get the odd wasp that ventures into your house, but to prevent wasps from buzzing in too often, try to keep plants away from open windows or doors, after all wasps have the same wiring as bees when it comes to pollinating. Fruit trees are the ultimate temptation for these stripy pests, if you fancy trying your hand at home grown fruit, then try to plant the trees at the bottom of the garden and away from the house.
Having a sweet smelling home is lovely for you and your guests, however this sweet smell is what lures in the wasps. Now, I am not saying remove any nice smelling item from your home, but simply making you aware that Queen wasps are naturally attracted to sweet smells. An alternative to really sweet aromas such vanilla, apple and cinnamon you could try investing in an air freshener or potpourri that has a slightly more fresh aroma to it, such as Linen or Cool Breeze.
Wooden furniture, large holes in trees, and over-hanging balconies can also act as attractive nesting place for wasps. There are repellents that can be sprayed on wooden items, and a simple but effective solution for balconies, is to place a fake wasps next under the balcony (not to attractive I admit) due to their territorial nature, wasps will never build a nest next to another.
Keeping the home free
It is a good idea to do a sweep of your home every so often, regularly check lofts and cellars to prevent wasps from building nests there. If you spot any small holes or gaps, to cover them with insect mesh or plugging them, if this is possible. Check closets and cupboards or cubbyholes in your home which you feel may be attractive to wasp, and if you detect any thing use wasp repellent spray as soon as you can.
You may be lucky enough never to get any kind of nesting from insects, however if your house seems to be prone to getting these kinds of infestations, seek professional advice from your local pest control.
Tony Bond is the founder of Essex Pest Control Ltd which has a team of professional and reliable pert control experts who operate across Essex and East London.