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How to Get Rid of Wasps

August 14, 2013 - GrowOrganic
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“Social wasps” sound like party crashers, don’t they? The partying gang includes hornets and the paper wasps, along with yellowjackets. Did you know that a yellowjacket is actually a yellowjacket wasp? Some people in Nevada County call them “meat bees”. All of us call them “unwelcome” when we’re eating outdoors. You need some kind of bouncer to keep these social wasps away from your garden and outdoor parties. Tricia shows you How to Get Rid of Wasps…
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Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener. I grow organically for healthy and safe food supply for a clean and sustainable environment for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. There's nothing like a wasp sting to ruin an outdoor event, today I'm gonna be sharing some tips on how to control wasps, yellow jackets and hornets organically. Social living wasps like hornets and yellow jackets are actually considered beneficial insects and that's because they're the predators of many pest worms and caterpillar's. Social living wasps make annual colonies, only the Queen's over winter and then in the early spring they start a new colony which then lives for one season before being killed by frost. If a wasp nest is out of the way of people, pet's and livestock it's best just to let them be and then benefit from the pest control that they provide. Wasps are only a problem when they nest where people frequent or later in the season when they scavenge instead of hunt. You can prevent wasps from building nests inside your structures like inside your attic by caulking up any holes or openings that they could get in you can also hang decoys like this Waspinator and this will help prevent territorial wasps like paper wasps from nesting because they'll think that the area is already taken. In early spring be aware of wasps building nests under eaves or entries or in holes in the ground if you see a lot of back and forth with wasps they're probably building a nest. You can control some small nests by yourself using products like this "WHY spray" it's labeled for wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and it can be used under the eaves are in holes in the ground and its natural, it contains lemongrass oil, clove oil, rosemary oil and geranium oil. To control a nest wait until after dark or early morning when most of the wasps will be in the nest and they'll be sluggish. When you're ready to spray the nest make sure you wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves and a veil if you can check back in the morning to make sure that the nest is gone repeat the process at 3 day intervals. At nighttime wearing protective gear you can remove wasps nest by hand and then you can put them in plastic bags put them in the freezer or out in the sun so that the wasps will die. If the nest is large it's wise to call a professional exterminator who can remove the nest safely. In late summer the wasps stop hunting and start scavenging and they'll bother you on a picnic, they'll try to eat your food and they'll climb into your beverage can and boy that can be a painful sting right on the mouth. Traps like these contain a lure and can draw scavenging wasps away from your party. Hang these kind of traps away from your gathering area you'll have the best effects if you hang them in the pathway that they take to your party. These types of traps won't eradicate a nest but they'll reduce the number of gate crashers to your party so enjoy the outdoors and grow organic for life!

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