Red wasps are found in many parts of the United States. They are also known as paper wasps. They live in paper nests that they create by chewing plant fibres. These nests are often located on trees or under the eves and porches of homes. The red wasp has an intense sting and unlike honey bees, can sting several times, even when dead. Therefore, care should be taken when using repellent to drive them away.
Commercial Wasp Repellents
There are many commercial wasp repellents and sprays available at garden supply stores. When using these products, read the label carefully to make sure you are using the product correctly. Keep in mind that many sprays available for purchase can be harmful to people and animals. You can ask a store employee to point out products that are environmentally safe. Wait until dusk to spray entire nests of wasps as this will ensure the most wasps will be destroyed.
Purchase several wasp traps from a local home and garden supply centre. Set them around the area where you have seen the wasps come and go. Wasp Control website states that you should not use homemade traps, because they will often attract more wasps then they kill. A trap must kill every wasp it captures so that no wasp can go back to its nest to report a food source.
Plants that Repel Wasps
There are many plants that effectively repel wasps, but the results may be limited. Wormwood is a popular choice for creating a yard barrier. It is not only used to ward off wasps but also flies, mosquitoes and other pests as well. Chrysanthemums or mums are pretty plants that can be kept in pots or planted in the yard to repel wasps. Peppermint plants also repel wasps while bringing a fresh fragrance to your yard.
The best way to repel red wasps is by keeping your outside yard from being an attractive place for them to nest. Some ways to do this are by keeping lids on your dustbins, sealing any cracks or crevasses that would be appealing places to build nests, planting fruit trees and berry bushes away from the house, keeping rotten fruit picked up off the ground, and covering swimming pools when not in use. Create your own red wasp spray by combining one part dish washing detergent with five parts water in a spray bottle. Or add a teaspoon of peppermint extract and a teaspoon of baby shampoo to a spray bottle of water.
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