On a hot summer day, there’s nothing like a picnic or a barbecue in the sun.
But for many, eating out can quickly become a nightmare this time of year with the buzz of a wasp heading your way.
Wasps are normally natural pest control agents and tend to eat other insects.
In August and September, their attentions turn to sweet foods, which makes them much more troublesome.
But what can you do to prevent them from spoiling your fun?
We’ve put together some tips for you.
How to check if there is a wasp nest near you
According to the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), if you see a large number of wasps in and around your home or work, there is likely a wasp nest or something substantial attracting them nearby.
A spokesperson added: “Wasp nests come in many shapes and sizes.
“These are amazing pieces of architecture that can hold up to 5,000 wasps during peak activity in late summer.
“They build their nest using wood chews and saliva to make papier-mache material.”
Wasps are likely to nest in sheltered places, so you should check:
- Under trees
- In the bushes
- under the eaves
- In your shed or garage
How can I prevent wasps from entering my house?
The BPCA says that prevention is always better than cure and gives the following advice:
- Keep your windows and doors closed or use standard screens to keep wasps out
- Keep your bins closed – Open bins will attract greedy wasps looking for an inexpensive sweet meal.
- Keep your trash cans away from the house and make sure the lid is in place.
- Check Nests Early – You can check all the most likely places for wasps each spring when the nests are tiny and easy to manage. They will be about the size of a golf ball. Check the attic, garage, shed and under the eaves.
What should I do when a wasp keeps flying towards me?
Rentokil says you should always stand still if a wasp approaches you.
A spokesperson added: “If you have to run away, do so in a straight line, without waving your arms.
“Protect your head and face, as these areas are primarily likely to be targeted by wasps.”
But don’t try to crush it
“If you kick the wasp or swing your arms, you’ll only make it more aggressive and more likely to sting you.
“Don’t take shelter in a body of water, as the wasps will just wait for you to re-emerge.”
How do you avoid attracting wasps or getting stung?
- Carefully dispose of all food and drink, especially pop cans.
- Never leave sugary drinks unattended. Also, always check sugary drinks for wasps before consuming them.
- Keep all areas of your property clean and tidy.
- Check for wasp activity before doing any gardening activity.
- Avoid strong smells and light-colored clothes.
- Protect your feet by wearing closed shoes.
If you are using a spray to kill a wasp, leave the room immediately after spraying.
Dying wasps are often prone to stings and may simply be stunned rather than dead.
If you are spraying an insecticide, remember to remove food, cover fruit, and protect pets and people from inhalation.
How to treat a wasp sting
NHS advice for treating an insect bite is:
- remove the sting if it is still in the skin
- wash the affected area with soap and water
- applying a cold compress (such as a flannel or cloth cooled with cold water) or an ice pack to any swelling for at least 10 minutes
- lifting or elevating the affected area if possible, as this can help reduce swelling
- avoid scratching the area, to reduce the risk of infection
- avoid traditional home remedies, such as vinegar and baking soda, as they are unlikely to help
How to remove the wasp sting?
Scratch it sideways with something with a hard edge, like a bank card, or your fingernails if you don’t have anything else handy.
Do not pinch the bite with your fingers or tweezers as you risk spreading the venom.
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This notice was published: 2022-08-05 23:00:00