The bite of a wasp is usually remembered for long. In this article we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of some of the popular tools and methods that will help protect against wasps on your site.
Some summer residents do not consider wasps as harmful insects, claiming that wasps help to fight with the larvae of the moth, weevil, leaf beetle, grinder beetle, bear, etc. But this position is good only to the first painful bite. Aspen poison often causes severe allergic reactions.
The most reliable proven way to get rid of wasps is, of course, a challenge to specialists who possess not only skills, experience, but also clothes that can protect against an aggressive swarm if something goes wrong. If for some reason you do not have the opportunity to turn to disinsectors, we will suggest several ways to combat wasps that may be useful to you.
Take care of your own safety.
Security is the first thing to think about. Wasp bites can be truly dangerous, especially when you consider that a wasp does not lose its sting when it bites and can sting again and again. Those who have already fought with wasps on their own plot recommend wearing as much clothing as possible that does not fit the body. And it is desirable to fill its edges under a belt, in gloves and boots. But best of all, in our opinion, borrow a special protective suit from a friend beekeeper.
In addition to protective clothing, you also need a reliable flashlight, because often wasp nests are in dark corners or in unlit attics. Ideally, you need an even constant illumination, so it’s better to fix the lamp on something static, for example, on a tree or a wall.
If you are fighting with earthen wasps, prepare a few buckets of earth with which you can fill the nest, if you need to quickly retreat from the battlefield and you do not want the “train” in the form of an wasp swarm to follow you. Remember that such axle nests have several entrances.
Take care of antihistamine preparations and ice cubes that you can apply to the bite sites, if you still can not avoid them. Not be superfluous and harness. It is sometimes imposed to prevent the absorption of wasp venom, if there is a strong allergic reaction.
Do not forget about loved ones, as well as about pets: for the time of the destruction of the nest, cover them in a place inaccessible to them
Never start fighting with wasps alone. Each hero needs a "squire" and a faithful ally, because an allergic reaction to a wasp sting can cause dizziness, confusion, heart pain, a sharp drop in blood pressure, choking as a result of edema, etc.
Think of ways to retreat in case you can’t immediately destroy an entire swarm.
If you are still not ready to call specialists, then the following information will also be useful to you.
Insecticides for wasp control
Most modern insecticides successfully destroy wasps. It is important to consider only some of the nuances. First, make sure that the poison bait is not too attracted to harmless pollinators and your pets. Secondly, it is necessary to destroy not only adult wasps, but also the larvae and the uterus, which is not easy, because Wasps love to build their homes in hard to reach places.
Wasps can settle not only in attics and plants, but also in the ground
The preparations used for traps, for all their toxicity, do not have a strong odor and are available in various versions, for example, in the form of powders, gels or glue for insects. Preparations for the destruction of wasps in the nest, as a rule, are produced in the form of sprays or concentrates for subsequent dilution and spraying wasp dwelling. Usually they successfully cope with both adults and larvae of wasps.
The most famous of the time-tested insecticides to combat wasps is boric acid. It is characterized by the absence of a sharp odor and can be successfully used to create poisoned baits.
Another "veteran" - all known Dichlorvos. Unfortunately, the composition of the drug has recently changed somewhat. Modern Dichlorvos does not cut down everything that moves with its unforgettable toxic aroma. But it can still be quite effective against many insects.
Delta Zone - a well-known tool with a faint odor, which does not deter wasps, and therefore can be successfully used as part of baits.
Malathion - inexpensive and extremely smelly drug. Suitable for spraying wasp nests, but, unfortunately, in most cases does not destroy all insects on the first attempt. Karbofos is not recommended to be used during flowering and in a radius of closer than 5 km from hives.
Geth - modern insecticide without a pronounced odor. Suitable for baits and to destroy wasp nests, but also acts on other insects.
OtoS - ready-to-use product, which already contains insecticides, sugar and flavor to attract wasps. The manufacturer claims that Otos is safe for bees.
If you were bitten by a wasp during nest processing, you should not kill it, this can provoke aggressive behavior of the entire swarm.
Numerous adhesives for fighting insects follow the same principle: they are put on cardboard and then the bait is laid out on top of them. The lack of glue traps is that they attract different insects, and are also not able to quickly cope with the whole wasp swarm.
Folk ways of dealing with wasps
The most popular and safest way to fight wasps is bait trap. You can buy it in the store or make it yourself. For this you need a plastic bottle. The upper third is cut off and placed in the second part of the neck down. Something sweet is poured at the bottom of the trap and preferably fermented, for example, old jam, beer, you can also add spoiled apples or meat. Experienced gardeners claim that slightly spoiled products attract wasps, but almost certainly will not interest bees. To the bait you need to add insecticide without a strong odor.
Sweet bait should not touch the neck of the bottle
Next way It is extremely unsafe, so we do not recommend using it without workwear. Any popular insecticide is poured into the most dense cellophane bag and draped over the nest. The edges of the package are glued to a flat surface. You can remove the package only after several days, after having tapped it with a stick and listened. Instead of a package, you can use a bucket without a handle or a large pan, under which you have to substitute the ladder. After removing the nest, the place where it was fixed should also be treated with an insecticide.
It is better to destroy wasp nests in the fall or spring before they are settled. If this is not possible, spray the wasp nests with insecticides at night, when the wasps are less active.
How to remove wasps inside walls and floor
Wasps make their nests not only in the ground and in the attic, sometimes insects climb into the cracks of the walls of the house and under the floor. Of these hard-to-reach places, wasps are quite difficult to smoke. Try the following method.
Take a rubber or plastic tube. Attach one end to a cylinder filled with an insecticide (for example, Dichlorvos) and insert the other into a hole in a wall or floor. At the same time, the remaining entrances and exits, which can be used by wasps, tightly close (it is better to seal the mounting foam or plaster). Inject poison from a balloon into a single unclosed hole and, leaving a tube in it, wait 10-15 minutes until insects die. Then close this hole to prevent new wasps from climbing there.
Do not forget about the means of protection, because insects can fly out of holes in the wall or floor that you did not notice, and sting. Also note: there should be no people or pets in the room.
If wasps enter the house through ventilation, cover the hole with a mosquito net soaked in a chemical insecticide or vinegar solution.
Another very original way was discovered by us on the Internet. In the video, a man who could not get close to the wasp nest in the attic used a vacuum cleaner with a long nozzle pipe. He brought the end of the pipe to the hole in the roof through which the wasps flew out of the house, so everyone who tried to leave the hornet’s nest was immediately sucked in by a vacuum cleaner. The process was long and rather dangerous, so the hose of the vacuum cleaner with a nozzle had to be fixed on the holder. This method has several disadvantages. First, the wasps in the bag of the vacuum cleaner are very much alive, and you will have to think about how to dispose of them. Secondly, so you do not destroy the larvae. Thirdly, there is a chance that anger the swarm. Therefore, we still insist that it is best to use the services of a specialist.