We have nothing against summer, the heat in which we can lie on the beach, and then, return home for a cold orange juice and watermelon. However, when unwanted guests get involved in this ideal summer scenario, summer is no longer so pleasant.
You’ve probably once experienced a wasp sting and we assume something like that happened just over the summer. How to get rid of them and enjoy the summer carefree? We bring you a few simple ways.
Although wasps are great pest control, because they feed on insects and are pollinators (not like bees), some people don’t like to be bothered by them.
3 Simple Ways To Keep Wasps Away This Summer
Plant plants that repel wasps
Wasps don’t like the smell of eucalyptus, mint, and wormwood. Therefore, if you have a garden, plant these plants around where you normally sit and around where you normally grill and prepare food.
Also, cucumbers, basil, and pennyroyal are a great addition to the plants above. Wasps don’t like the bitter-acidic taste of the cucumber peels, but for you, it will be a delicious treat for summer salads. As for the basil (just like mint and eucalyptus), wasps are not big fans of its smell. Pennyroyals produce a similar smell to mint, so they are great stay-away wasp alternative.
All of these plants can be easily sown in containers and you can use them for other things like for cooking or stuff like that.
Make a spray to keep wasps away
You need geranium, lemongrass, and clove essential oil, a little water, and a little dish detergent. Mix it all into one spray bottle. Then spray all the places they normally come to or like building a nest. Just don’t spray on already build wasp nest, because it can be dangerous. You surely don’t like thousands of angry wasps chase you around the garden.
Set a trap for them
This is maybe the most beneficial solution. If you currently have a problem with wasps, make a trap for them that you will remove later. You need one plastic bottle, 4 glasses of water, one glass of vinegar, half a cup of sugar and a banana peel. Mix it all well in the bottle and make a small opening in it and close the cap. This mixture will attract them to the point that they will enter the bottle. However, they won’t be able to get out and probably drown.
If you don’t want to bother doing this DIY, you can find glass wasp traps on Amazon that will look as a garden décor.
Note: First of all, be careful when dealing with wasps. Keep in mind that if you use sprays on wasps, and if you point it at their nest, it will not work fast enough, and wasps will get upset and scatter around. The same thing will happen if you try to remove the wasp nest with a stick or touch it anyway. In fact, the rule is very simple, the wasps will not attack you if you don’t attack them. If you have a serious problem with wasp nests, you should call a pest professional.
How do you solve the problem with wasps over the summer? Tell us in the comments below.