Helpful tips against wasps
The most important points in brief
- Wasps often annoy us when we want to eat outside in summer.
- In doing so, they perform tasks in nature that are also useful for humans.
- Because the animals are under nature protection, we shouldn't smoke out or destroy wasp nests on our own.
- But there are a few harmless tricks to keep these voracious fellows at bay.
Some things just have to be named: Wasps are annoying. You know, of course, that the flying companions are extremely useful in the garden and in nature and confidently destroy pests. That's why you shouldn't always talk badly about the black and yellow ringed insects. But if they come at you head-on, as soon as you want to deal with a piece of cake in the fresh air (because meat eaters also like sugar) or a juicy grilled steak, it can sometimes be on your hand. But what can be done against wasps?
Some home remedies for wasps are only reputable
If you are reluctant to use insecticides and wasp traps, but want to use (proven) home remedies against meat and sugar-loving animals, you should read this text carefully. For example, we strongly advise against destroying or smoking a wasp's nest yourself. If this is not done professionally, the damage afterwards is often greater than the benefit. You should also refrain from moving a nest from your own garden to nearby bushes as much as possible.
Often it is enough not to go all out straight away, but to keep the animals away with tricks. Whether a round brown paper bag helps, as an imitation of a wasp's nest, is supposed to signal that a wasp colony already lives there (it doesn't work in practice), or whether you rub coins and put them on the table (also rather questionable) - that are dubious methods. Incense sticks only work so well. Wasps are not into smoke at all, but they hardly have any trouble flying around the haze and heading for the coveted foods.
These methods are better at getting rid of wasps
It is usually bees who like it when people wear colorful clothes. However, wasps also find colorful clothes more attractive, which is why you have an advantage with black, gray and white tops. It is helpful if you put coffee powder in an ovenproof dish and light it, the smell will reliably drive away wasps. However, there is a serious problem: For us humans, the smell that is produced is at least as repulsive. So all in all, it's not a good idea.
But we humans like the smell of cloves and citrus fruits equally. Wasps, on the other hand, abhor both aromas. So it is very helpful to put sliced lemons in a bowl on the dining table and add scented cloves.
The best tips to keep wasps away
The most effective methods against predatory insects: essential oils, certain spices and spray bottles with water. With the latter method, when you spray wasps, they will zoom straight home - they think it's raining. The animals don't like the smell of various essential oils, such as tea tree or clove oil. And you can't do anything with citronella either. At the same time, you also keep mosquitoes away.
Do you like to eat on the balcony or terrace and also grow herbs there? Then be sure to include basil in your spice portfolio and pull the spice yourself. Wasps hate the smell of basil. You can also cut the garlic and put it on the table; Wasps avoid it.
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