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In summer, we like to take advantage of the sun and favorable temperatures to spend time outdoors, eat on our terrace or sunbathe in our garden. However, it happens that wasps come to play spoilsport and approach a little too close. We can then start to fear for the safety of our children and our pets, but also for our own, especially when we are allergic to stings! In order not to let the situation get bogged down, find out what to do if you have spotted a wasp nest not far from the house and want to get rid of it safely.

Important: Be careful not to confuse these insects with Asian hornets.

How to recognize a wasp nest?

They can be found under the roof of a house or garden shed, in a tree, on a wooden wall, under a mailbox, in the attic, on a window corner, in a chimney flue or even in the gutter level. However, there are also underground nests. In any case, impossible to confuse this type of nest with a honeycomb. The latter is indeed in the ground. On the wasp side, the nest is made of saliva and chewed wood. Due to the materials used for its manufacture, it looks like thin cardboard. It most often has the shape of a small oval ball in its early stages before taking on a balloon size, most often at the end of the summer.

Wasps nest
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When should you decide to act against a wasp nest?

Wasps are primarily useful pollinating insects in the garden, but also outstanding regulators. They thus contribute to the good ecological balance of the garden. The death of a wasp thus leaves the field open to dozens of more flies and caterpillars. In short, this allows harmful insects and sometimes pests to settle. You have to think twice before removing it. However, by following them to retrace their path, we sometimes realize that they have settled very close to dwellings (even inside). In this case, they can represent a danger for the family who occupies the said residence. The risk of encounters, and therefore of bites, is indeed much higher than if the nest is installed in an isolated corner of the garden.

So how do we get rid of it?

Generally, we do not get rid of it ourselves! The most prudent solution is indeed to always call in a specialized professional. The latter, who has taken over from the firefighters in most regions, will then opt for the most effective solution depending on the location of the nest and its size. It also has all the necessary protective equipment. If the nest is not too big, it is sometimes possible to take care of it yourself. To do this, an insecticide (in the form of an aerosol can) can be used if the nest is outdoors. However, care must be taken not to not stand in front of the exit holebut of course the side.

Otherwise, it is also possible to light a small fire under the nest if it is located high up. Be sure to watch it closely for avoid any risk of fire. The smoke will make the wasps come out and you can then wait, pick up the nest by covering it with a garbage bag that you close hermetically and carefully. Throw everything in a covered trash can outside. Finally, some people use bowls to seal the entrances tightly. The wasps then eventually die of starvation.

Wasps nest
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The security recommendations to follow absolutely:

-Make slow gestures.
-Do not remove wasp nests that night, because the workers are at rest. These little beasts are also more aggressive during hot and stormy periods. They must therefore be forgotten.
– Cover yourself from head to toe, face included, by removing the interstices where a wasp could interfere.
-Do not wear yellow (a color that attracts them). Opt for a blue outfit.

How to avoid wasp nests at home?

To avoid wasp nests and keep these unwanted critters away, you can take certain actions. For example, make sure to always close the garbage can and the compost bin. Otherwise, never leave food lying around, because leftovers on the table or barbecue attract them like magnets. Also think about fill holes and cracks in the terrace or around the house so as not to leave them an entry point. And especially, remove all standing water outdoors (e.g. in plant cups). In addition to attracting wasps, stagnant water also attracts mosquitoes. This simple gesture is therefore a two in one.

There are also repellent solutions such as burning ground coffee or diffusing repellent essential oils (mint essential oil, lavender essential oil or lemongrass essential oil). In planters or in the garden, you can also install repellent plants. This includes absinthe, basil, eucalyptus, geraniums or even pennyroyal, to name but a few!




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