DIY Mess-Free Wasp Killer

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Stinging insects can be the bane of summer sunshine. But there is a DIY Mess-Free Wasp Killer that can help if you have wasps nesting on your spouts or soffits, in cracks in your walls or other areas on your home.

The first trick, of course, is to seal you home and mend those cracks or spaces where they might be nesting before they arrive. Or, you could wait until the fall when they leave and spray the area then. But if you want those wasps gone there are some ways to handle it.

Wasps can give a nasty bite, along with a number of other creatures including mosquitoes and bees, to mention only a few. It can be a real problem to be bitten by any creature since they can possibly carry disease they pass on to you. So the first defense against being bitten by wasps or other bugs is to keep covered up and to wear repellent.

Plenty of us dont like to rub chemicals on our skin, but now you can get repellents that you actually just strap on. It can be really convenient and effective and the chemical doesnt touch your body. But bothersome biters are kept at bay.

There are different varieties of wasps including the well-know yellow-jacket with its prominent black and yellow stripes, hornets with the black and white stripes and paper wasps that smaller, and brown, red or yellow. All of them can bite.

Did you know wasps are a solitary creature? They are also carnivores, and lay their eggs inside other creatures. If you do come across a nest of biters, dont swat at them or the nest. In fact, dont swat at even a single wasp if it is flying near you. They can release a pheromone that can attract other wasps and possibly cause them to become aggressive. Then you will have a real problem on your hands!

For a single or just a few wasps that may have planted themselves around your home, a simple commercial spray into the bottom of a plastic container can do the trick. Just wait until the evening when the critters have settle in for the night and tape the plastic container over their nesting area. It will kill the wasp and the container will catch the carcass. You can then compost it the next day and recycle the container.

For big jobs, or if you prefer a natural approach, call the professionals. It is not too expensive to have them removed and rehoused far away and youll feel good about not having to destroy a creature that pollinates flowers and trees and other good things.

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