A wasp is any of the many flying insects with a painful sting and resembles a hornet. They are usually ubiquitous in every part of our homes. Infact, wasps can dominate anywhere within our environment.
Many people always think of eliminating wasps as they usually sting painfully at any slight aggression.
Eliminating wasps can sometimes proove difficult especially of they've established a permanent nest. Nontheless, I'll avail to you some of the options you can employ to keep them at bay.
Ensure your foods are kept indoors
Leaving food leftovers in the open gives wasps an incentive to hover around in the first place. For instance, if you had a get together with friends and family and meals were served. Ensure you serve the meals indoors before you head to the deck.
A certain misconception always has it that wasps are attracted to only sugary meals. To me, it sounds true as they would give preference to sugary foods but again they'll devour any food to taste if they can like it.
This can also be done practically by cleaning any food remains after meals from your outdoor decks.
Use wasp traps
Traps are more effective in the sense that they'll trap the wasps before their figures explode. Though, if you learn that you're trapping more wasps than normal, opt for another solution that is effective for large numbers of wasps.
Also, be keen to check the traps as you may be trapping and killing other beneficial insects in the process. Such insects could be ladybugs or honeybees.
To use a locally made trap, hang a slice of liver, or raw fish from a string. Set the string just above a tin filled with antiseptically treated water. As the wasps try foraging the liver or fish, they'll fall in the water and pass out. Remember, the traps should be set down next to the edges of your house.
Incorporate outdoor fans to repel them
Repelling using fans serve to be a permanent solution if used extrndedly. The fans simply work by blowing them away.
Fans are effective in the sense that the breeze that they blow goes with the wasps. This is possible because the wasps aren't smarter and tend to move with the direction of the blowing breeze.
To use fans, first go for the tall fans. Align them in a position such that they blow away from your home and they blow through the entire deck. Use the fans in this manner for months and wasps won't dominate your space.
Seal any access to the trash
Wasps like foraging among the trash to locate their food. Therefore, keeping trash in open spaces would definitely attract them. The open dust bins would also attract other insects and bugs that would attract wasps in the long run.
Always work towards keeping your trash somewhere hidden like in the garage. Or, if you must keep them in the open, ensure their lids are always kept closed.
Also, you can keep the bins away from your deck behind your house to keep away wasps from your deck. Alternatively, you should empty your bins more often like after every three days.
Also, ensure your compost pits are located far from your house since they also attract wasps.
Do away with open water sources
Any still water around your home will definitely attract wasps. These include; bird fountains puddles and leaking water pipes.
To do away with the stagnant water, fisrt ensure you drain any bird fountain around. Also, check to ensure your gutters aren't leaking as they may lead water to collect up at certain places.
Also level your compound to ensure no water collects at certain points. Lastly, seal any water spigots around your compound.
Incorporate an insect mesh around your deck
Incorporating wire meshes around your deck would definitely keep the wasps at bay. The meshes work by simply blocking the entry paths of the wasps into your space. You can make such meshes locally or commerically purchase them.
In relation to the shape and size of your deck, you can always try to cover it fully with the meshes. You can hang the meshes on your gutters.
It might not be easy to achieve this if you have large deck but with a smaller one, you can cover it entirely using the meshes.
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