Why Are Wasps Aggressive?
When you hear the common term “wasps,” you probably think specifically of Paper wasps. There are actually several thousands of wasp species that we know of, found all over Texas, many of which are aggressive, and others which are not.
“Wasp” is usually used in reference to flying, stinging insects known as “social wasps,” many of which build nests and colonies. Many of these wasp species (e.g., Paper wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, etc.) can become very aggressive when threatened, and then there are others, like Mud daubers, that are more loners, and not as aggressive as social wasps, but which will attack and sting if provoked. Most wasp species actually remain isolated and are harmless to humans.
Why Are Wasps Aggressive?
Are wasps just mean? Why are they so aggressive? Wasps actually aren’t even aware of the existence of humans and other animals most of the time, unless they feel threatened. Wasps are instinctively territorial and very protective of their nests, and whether on purpose or not, the moment they perceive an intruder might be threatening their nest, they attack.
“How Do I Get Rid of Wasps?”
There are different measures you can implement to help keep wasps away and send them elsewhere to build their colonies. Here are some suggestions:
- Wasp-repelling plants. Wasps steer clear of plants like mint, wormwood, and lemongrass.
- Repel them. Repelling wasps is an effective first preventive measure:
- A reliable flying insect repellent. Make sure you and your family use a reliable flying insect repellent when spending time outdoors.
- Paper bag decoy wasp nest. A fake “wasp nest,” made quickly with a crumpled paper bag and hung nearby makes wasps think that this territory is already claimed, and they will head elsewhere.
- Freshly-sliced cucumbers. Cucumbers have an acidic property that really repulses wasps. Cut up several slices and leave them around your grilling or picnic area. They will avoid the area. Fresh garlic cloves and lemon, or peppermint essential oil will have a similar repellent effect against wasps.
- Wasp Killer Spray
Check around your yard, along fences, in trees, and the eaves under your roof for wasp nests, and spray the nests using a foaming wasp & hornet killer spray, preferably one that can be used effectively from several feet away. Keep outdoor trash covered to keep wasps (and flies) away. Also check around your yard in the ground for yellow jacket nests to spray.
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Wasp prevention is always the best strategy against these stinging insects and other pests. Are you spending too much of your free time chasing after wasp and pest problems? Call our Texas wasp control experts today at 832-898-0190 for a consultation, or email us at [email protected]. We can inspect your home and property for wasp nests and show you what you can do to help prevent future wasp problems. Save yourself plenty of time, money, and stress, and enjoy more time outdoors with your family and friends!