When you're seeing wasps inside a house at this time of year, you're probably seeing what are known as paper wasps, and it's almost always the result of the emergence of overwintering queens. |
While most bugs are merely an annoyance when they appear indoors, the appearance of wasps inside a house can create a palpable sense of anxiety among residents. And while some stinging wasps do so only when individually provoked, others sting as part of a devastating organized assault upon their victim. Therefore, it becomes necessary that suitable measures are taken for wasp nest removal.
It helps, then, to know which wasp is which, what to do when one is encountered and, most of all, how to keep wasp populations at bay. That is particularly true when wasps show up indoors rather than outside the home. These critters actually gained entry last fall through cracks and openings, and spent the winter hibernating in attics, soffits, wall voids and window and door casings.
With the onset of warmer weather, Dr. Potter said, the queens begin to emerge from their hibernation sites. And, he said, as they attempt to escape to their natural habitat outdoors, some inadvertently make their way into the living areas of the home, 'emerging from beneath baseboards, behind window and door frames, from within sash-cord openings, and around light fixtures and ventilators.' And since insects are attracted to light, they typically head toward the nearest window.
'This is a temporary annoyance that will run its course as the weather continues to warm,' Dr. Potter said, adding that while emerging queens are not normally aggressive, they will sting if they are mishandled.
'The easiest way to dispose of these insects found indoors is with a vacuum cleaner, broom or fly swatter,' he said, adding that when the insects first emerge from hibernation, they are sluggish and usually land on the nearest window.
Home Remedies An effective method of controlling wasps is to trap them. You can use some of the discarded materials of your house to prepare a trap for the wasps. You must know that these insects are attracted towards sweets and sugary foods as well as raw proteins. Take any old container like a plastic milk bottle or any jar. Fill it up with fruit juice and put a few pieces of raw meat into it and place it in the garden or near any of the windows. An unpleasant odor emitted by fermentation of fruit juice and spoiling of the meat actually attracts the wasps towards it. As soon as the wasp enters the container, it will get drowned into the juice and eventually die. Select the size of the container as per your requirements. Keep replacing the components with fresh ones after regular interval of time to achieve the best results. In this way, you can keep a check on the wasps that enter your house or office. Before you undertake the potentially risky task of wasp nest removal, you must protect yourself with appropriate protective gear. Wear clothes that have a number of layers. Then, wear a protective jacket made of leather or rubber so that the sting cannot penetrate your body. Protect your face with facial mask and your eyes with goggles. The ideal time to remove these nests is during the dusk or the dawn. This is because these insects become somewhat inactive in dark and cold temperature. Moreover, around this time, all the wasps will be present inside the nest.
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