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How to keep wasps out of your home this summer

The team at Pegasus Pest Solutions recognise that having a wasp nest in your house or garden is not ideal, especially if you have allergic family members. They are undoubtedly an annoyance when you are attempting to enjoy some outside meals. In this post, we'll show you how to keep wasps away from your house throughout the summer.

Replace vibrant flowers with wasp-resistant plants

Begin by selecting plants and flowers for your garden with care. Plant flowers that have a pleasant scent that wasps and bees enjoy. Wasps may be drawn to the colour of the flower, so avoid using yellow, blue, purple, and white flowers in your yard. Instead of fragrant, colourful flowers in your garden, try growing wasp-resistant plants for better wasp and bee management. Plants such as eucalyptus, citronella, spearmint, lemongrass, wormwood, and thyme are some herbs that may repel wasps and bees. These plants may also have the added benefit of repelling other bothersome flying insects, such as mosquitoes. You could even use some of them for herbs in your next garden BBQ party!

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Clean up your outside areas to avoid wasps

Next, make sure the deck and patio area are clean and debris-free. Piles of decaying wood, old garden equipment, and other items lying about the yard might be possible nesting locations for wasps. Keep storage locations, such as sheds and crawl spaces, clean and clutter-free to prevent wasps from building a nest.

Apply wasp repellant or essential oils onto your skin

If you appear to attract wasps or are allergic to them, consider using wasp repellent in the same manner you would mosquito repellent. Wasps and hornets (a rounder and fatter form of wasp) dislike the scent of some essential oils, so combining them with water in a spray bottle provides a chemical-free option for purchasing repellant. Wasp repellent essential oils include peppermint or spearmint, lemongrass, and thyme. Add 15 drops (of one or a combination of essential oils) to one cup of water and decant into a spray bottle. If you have previously had a wasp nest in your house or garden, focus on these areas since wasps will most likely establish nests in comparable locations.

Avoid wearing yellow and other bright colours

While it might be something that you might forget to consider, it's important to remember that bees and wasps do not sense colour the same way humans do; yellow and white are easier for them to discern, which is why they might be drawn to your vibrantly-coloured t-shirt. But why is this?

Plants turn yellow when stressed; insects will seek for yellowing plants because they assume the plants' defences have been reduced over millions of years of evolution. Wearing yellow is not recommended if you are spending time in your garden, field, or other location where wasps are common.

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How to create a DIY wasp trap

Wasp traps function by attracting insects into a container with a tasty reward, such as sugar water, and then keeping them from fleeing. In about five minutes, you can create one by cutting the top off an empty two-litre bottle and inverting it into the bottom, or by cutting a small hole in the top. It's a good idea to place things a bit further away from where you're working/socialising to distract them from the area.

Always remember to cover your waste bins with a lid

Wasp difficulties are typically worse in gardens with a lot of food sources, such as uncovered trash, recycling bins, and composting food items. Make certain that the lids of your wheelie bins are properly sealed.

Ensure that you cover your food

If you want to keep wasps away from your food and drink, especially if you are planning on eating outdoors in the summer, then you must remember to cover it up. If possible, keep lids and caps on and don't leave anything out in the open. We advise that you pour cans into transparent glasses to see whether a wasp has landed in them, as there is nothing worse than getting stung in the mouth when you go to take a sip of your drink in the sun. If you use serving plates on the table, cover the food once everyone has been served. To prevent using too much plastic, you could always use reusable silicone stretch lids instead of cling film.