Some visitors are not welcome in our homes: wasps. If this should happen, you must act quickly but with caution. Discovering the location of the nest is the first step. The next step is to spray them with a special spray for these cases. But can I do it inside the house?
The answer is yes, as long as it is an organic, chemical-free spray, especially indoors. This type of spray offers advantages for your home, your family, and the environment. Although their natural habitat is in nature, you have no choice but to eliminate them if they enter your home.
There is a fundamental statistic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which reveals that in the last 15 years, they have recorded more than 100 deaths from wasp stings. In this article, we will talk about how to get rid of wasps when they work their way indoors.
If you have just noticed wasps in your home, you may wonder what lead them to come inside. Although wasps are insects that generally prefer to remain outside, some factors cause them to enter homes.
When autumn arrives, male wasps die after they impregnate the queen of their colony. This situation causes the queen wasps to seek refuge in places that seem safe and warm as the winter passes. The holes or possible cracks in the walls serve to protect the wasps from the weather and predators.
During the winter, wasps remain sheltered to protect themselves from the weather. When this season passes and the wasps come out again, they are hungry. This lack of food sometimes prompts them to enter homes to search for supplies.
As a preventive measure, you should make sure that your home is free of other pests such as spiders, worms, or larvae, as these insects are the primary food of wasps.
While it is true that wasps hunt much of their food, it is also true that they are attracted to leftover food. Meat scraps can be a target for wasps.
Another consequence of the arrival of autumn is that wasps begin to look for sources of sugar to get them through the winter season. Fruits, fruit juices, soft drinks, and other sucrose products are the sources of sugar most sought after by wasps.
If you regularly place flowers inside your home, you should know that wasps are drawn to flowering plants. Strong perfumes are another drawing factor for wasps.
Once wasps enter your home, you could be facing a potentially significant problem. Here are some tips we can follow to get rid of them.
- We should check all possible places of entry. If we have not been careless about leaving doors and windows open, the chances are that the wasps have entered through a crack or hole. We should thoroughly check all walls, corners, ceilings, rafters, garage, and vents. These are the places where wasps will enter and build their nests. When we locate the access points, we should seal them immediately.
- We can always try to scare them away with home remedies. If you initially want to try natural solutions, there are a few alternatives that you can try. One effective method to repel them is with vinegar. The recipe for a homemade repellent is to mix two cups of apple cider vinegar with tablespoons of sugar and water in the same proportion. When everything is well mixed, place this mixture near the nest, and the wasps will move in and die quickly. Another alternative to synthetic insecticides is soap and water. Two tablespoons of dishwashing soap in a bottle of water is another option with which you can spray wasps to kill them instantly.
- Use wasp spray. These types of insecticides are pretty effective, but you must take precautions. To use a wasp spray inside the house, be sure to buy one specially designed for indoor use, as it is chemical-free and organic. Using a chemical spray can be harmful to the health of children, pets, and adults in general.
- The last option: hire the services of a specialist. Sometimes the entry of wasps into the house can be a complex problem. If the wasp infestation is considerable, it is best to contact a pest specialist.
Once you decide to use non-chemical wasp spray indoors, you should consider the following points:
- Use it inside attics and anywhere else you detect nests.
- Do not spray near food.
- Spray in all places where there are cracks or holes.
- Wear protective clothing. Remember that wasps are flying insects that can be angry and have venom. This clothing will protect you from wasps and contact with the insecticide, regardless of whether it is the non-chemical type. If available, experts recommend wearing long sleeves, gloves, pants, shoes that cover the entire foot, and a beekeeper’s hat.
- Spray from a safe distance. Most sprays have a range of 6 to 9 meters.
- When spraying, never stand underneath what you are spraying.
- Most sprays are not electrically conductive. However, it is best to check the label before use. You don’t want to send a spray into an electrical outlet or source of electricity without first reading the product specifications.
When you have already bought the indoor type spray, check it for chemicals and read all the label information; how should you do it efficiently?
- Experts say it’s best to wait until dark. That is quite strategic. Wasps are much less active at night. This fact means that most of them will be inside the nest, and you will take advantage of that time to eliminate them in their entirety.
- Distance yourself safely from the nest. Keep in mind that once you spray the nest, the wasps will try to attack. The best thing for you is to stay as far away as possible. Do not stand underneath the nest, as you also run the risk of getting sprayed yourself.
- Completely cover the nest with the spray liquid. If you succeed in drenching the nest, you will be sure to eliminate all wasps. The other great advantage is that the soaked nest will serve to eliminate wasps that return later.
- Experts advise a waiting period of 24 hours before removing the nest. If you perform the extermination at night, you must wait for all the wasps to return to the nest. You must remove and dispose of the nest.
- No matter what type of pesticide you use, it is always healthiest for people, children, and pets to get it out of the house as soon as possible.
There are cases where it is best to entrust this task to a professional.
- You should never attempt to eliminate a wasp nest if you or someone in your family is allergic to wasp stings. Under this condition, you could be in danger of death.
- Never attempt to remove a nest if it is out of reach.
- Do not use a ladder to remove the nest. Using this type of tool increases the risk of falls.
- Do not attempt this task if the wasp infestation is significant.
- In all of these cases, the safest option for you is to leave this task to a professional.
The use of wasp spray indoors is a possible solution to the problem of wasps indoors. This is not to be taken lightly, as improper application of this spray may be detrimental to your health. In addition, you must make sure that you use chemical-free products indoors or prepare your homemade repellent as an initial solution.