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How to prevent getting stung by wasps.

How to prevent getting stung by wasps.

If you seem to attract wasps, or if you are allergic, it is worthwhile to consider wearing wasp repellent the same way you would wear mosquito repellent.

Wasps and hornets (a rounder and fatter type of wasp) hate the smell of certain essential oils, mixing these along with some water in a spray bottle is a chemical-free alternative to purchasing repellent.

Peppermint or spearmint, lemongrass and thyme essential oil are known wasp deterrents, mix approximately 15 drops (of one or a mix of essential oils) to one cup of water and decant into a spray bottle.

You can also add washing up liquid to this mix and coat areas outside your home where wasps like to build nests: under eaves and other ledges or crevices. If you have previously had a wasp nest in your home or garden, target these spots as wasps will likely build nests in similar locations.

You must have, at some point, had on a yellow t-shirt or dress and been chased around your garden by a wasp or other insect!
Bees and wasps don’t see colour the way we do, yellow and white are colours that are easier for them to perceive, hence why they are attracted to your t-shirt.

Yellow is a colour that plants turn when they are under stress, insects will seek out yellowing plants as they believe, through millions of years of evolution, that the plants defences are weakened. It’s advisable not be wearing yellow if you are working in a garden, field or other area that is often frequented by wasps.
Wasp traps work by luring the insects inside a container with some tempting treat, like sugar water, and then preventing them from escaping. You can make one yourself in about five minutes by sawing the top off a two-litter bottle and inverting it inside the bottom or cutting a small hole in the top.

It’s a good idea to put these in a location a little distance away from where you are working/socialising to detract them away from the area.

If you want to keep wasps from invading your house, preventative measures are key by sealing up tiny cracks.

The best time to do this is in late Autumn after most worker wasps have died off, or in early spring before nests become active.

Wasp problems are usually worse in gardens that have lots of food sources in the form of exposed rubbish, recycling bins, and composting food matter. Make sure to tightly seal the lids to your wheelie bins.

It’s true that if you want to keep your food and drink wasp-free then cover it up. Keep lids and caps on and don’t leave anything out in the open air if possible. It is wise to pour cans into clear glasses so that you can see if a wasp has landed in it – nothing worse than getting stung in your mouth.

If you are using serving dishes on the table, then cover food once everyone has been served. You could always use reusable silicone stretch lids instead of cling film, to avoid excessive plastic use.

This isn’t so much about deterring wasps but how to avoid getting stung. Wasps will only sting when they feel threatened. Wasps are more likely to sting you if you are moving and flapping around than if you stay very still.

It is a better option therefore to remain still, like a statue when a wasp is about rather than swiping it away or waving your hands about. These actions will only anger the wasp and make it feel threatened.

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