Summer is finally here and the warm weather calls for plenty of outdoor socialising. Whether you’re planning a barbecue, a garden cocktail party or a picnic, there’s a lot to look forward to as the temperatures rise. However, there is an unfortunate downside to the warm temperatures and outdoor food and drinks – wasps.
These pests can be a nuisance at best, and highly dangerous at worst, if you or a loved one has an allergy. Luckily, there are ways to discourage wasps from buzzing around your garden and ruining your plans, so see below for our top tips.
There are certain strong smells which help to deter wasps and these plants can enhance your garden too! Tomato stems, mint and cloves are all off putting to wasps and you don’t need a huge space to grow these plants either. Plant mint in your garden borders or add a window box of fresh mint to discourage wasps from entering your home.
Wasps are particularly attracted to sweetness, so cover any cakes, puddings or sweet fizzy drinks as soon as you’ve finished with them. You can purchase covers designed specifically for cakes or drinks glasses but a plastic bag or an empty cupcake wrapper is just as effective. Remember to bring all food and drink inside with you when you’ve finished to discourage wasps from returning.
Candles fragranced with citronella don’t just repel wasps, they can also keep other pests like mosquitos at bay too. You can purchase them in pretty containers to match your decor or as plain tea lights for a more subtle look.
You can make your own wasp traps by adding sugar water solution to a bottle. Wasps will be attracted to the sweetness and then likely become trapped inside. Hang traps at various points around your garden but be very careful when checking them later; any wasps that are still alive are likely to be highly agitated if you try to release them.
The above tips should help to keep wasps away from your garden, but if you suspect you have a wasp nest, call in the professionals at Copley Pest Solutions. It can be very dangerous to try and remove a nest yourself, but we’ve got all the skills and expertise needed to safely remove a wasp nest from your home or garden. Don’t risk wasps damaging your property, call us today on 0800 302 9447 or contact us online for fast, efficient wasp removal.