Wasps rank right up there with mosquitoes among flying insects in terms of nuisance and danger. Their nests must also be eradicated, and prophylactic steps should be performed, unlike pests that can be repelled by sprays.
Why Do Wasps Keep Coming Back?
Wasps are drawn to a variety of odors, such as those of sweet items, specific plants, pet or bird food, open garbage cans, potent perfumes, and lotions. Any stagnant water from pools or birdbaths also draws them because bodies of water can also be converted into food and energy.
They also require safe nesting areas where they can be shielded from the outdoors in addition to these things. Common areas to find them include eaves, sheds, and children’s play structures.
Wasps are flying insects, therefore spraying a nest only kills the wasps that come into touch with it. This differs from other insects like ants, where you may spray a barrier and be sure they won’t return for a time.
Wasps may return if the nest is sprayed and removed quickly, but they are unlikely to construct a new nest there. If you notice a nest nearby, it was probably built by a separate swarm.
Will They Return to a Sprayed Nest?
Wasps that were not present in the nest when the pesticide was administered are likely to reappear. The pesticide will eventually impact them depending on the product being used when they enter. They might not enter if they perceive danger or witness the damage and instead search for another hive that will take them in. Even a day after application, it may be difficult to identify if a wasp has returned and is active in the nest, thus it is advised to use caution and use protective clothing when removing the nest.
Do Wasps Visit the Same Nest Year After Year?
Although it could appear that the same wasps are returning every year, in most cases, it is a new nest. That area has been recognized by wasps as a secure location to set up their nest. Wasps never re-use the same nest after it has been abandoned, though we wouldn’t advise putting nests up all year. This is why false nests can discourage other wasps from constructing a nest nearby.
Can I Get Rid of a Wasp Nest Myself?
You can, of course, but the real question is whether you should. Wasps can be harmful if handled improperly. The majority of people who attempt to get rid of wasps on their own use water or fire, which are not only ineffective but can also harm you or your property.
The best technique to get rid of nests is to apply a pesticide to ensure that every wasp is killed before dismantling the nest, and depending on the substance you use, this could take some time. The majority of products that you can purchase are not as effective as pest extermination supplies. After that, the wasp nest should be destroyed. As flying insects, wasps will attempt to infest your home, therefore this will need to be done on a regular basis. To serve as a reminder to routinely remove them, we advise adding wasp next removal to your calendar for home maintenance.
You can remove a wasp nest by yourself, but as previously noted, it can be risky and expensive. As they are more suited and aid in getting rid of additional pests on your property, we advised hiring a pest control firm to destroy the nest.