How to Keep Wasps Away From Your Home

How To Keep Wasps Away From Your Home
With summer in full swing, we’ve come to accept, once more, that there will be a plethora of creepy crawlies that will come to visit, and possibly ruin, our outdoor activities. The worst of these is wasps. Perpetually annoying and occasionally dangerous, wasps can be found buzzing around every garden and BBQ in the UK in summer. To help you get the edge over these frustrating little creatures, Sunstopper Blinds have put together a list of tips, detailing just how to keep wasps at bay this summer.

  • Remove Any Food Waste

First things first, remove all waste that wasps may be attracted to from your kitchen and garden. This includes any leftover picnic waste, and ensuring that your rubbish bins are tightly sealed. Bird seed may also attract wasps, so consider removing these as well. It’s also worth mentioning that sweet things in general, such as lotions and perfumes will attract wasps, so be wary of where you use them.

  • Fly Screens

The most effective method by far of keeping wasps away from your home is to invest in fly screens. These useful features can attached directly to your window frames and allow you to keep your windows open and ventilate your home, without having to worry about any creepy crawlies making a beeline for your kitchen. If you think this sounds like something you need, check out the offerings from us here at Sunstopper Blinds.

  • Avoid Swatting Wasps

This may seem like strange advice, especially for someone who is simply trying to deal with a lone wasp who simply won’t leave their kitchen, however, it’s important to never swat and kill wasps if possible. This is simply because dead and dying wasps emit pheromones that attract other wasps. By killing one wasp, you could potentially be creating a bigger problem and attracting more to the same spot.

  • Plant Wasp-deterring Plants

Wasps are attracted to flowers and certain sweet-smelling flowers, however, they are often repelled by other scents. By using wasp repellent plants in your garden, particularly close to the house, you will do a good job of keeping them out of your kitchen. What’s more, the same plants that are likely to deter wasps are also likely to deter mosquitoes, meaning that you get some extra bang for your buck. You can plant them in and among other flowers, or create a separate bed just for them.

Here’s a list of some plants that wasps hate:

  • Spearmint
  • Thyme
  • Eucalyptus
  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Pennyroyal

 

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