Wasps are a very diverse group of insects. Although you may know the ones in your area on sight, there are about 30,000 species that have been identified. The ones you see most often are probably those that have bright colors as warning. They buzz about angrily in groups and may try to sting you.
The wasps most commonly known, like hornets and yellow jackets, live in a nest together with a queen that lays eggs and workers who do not reproduce.
Many wasps are solitary insects, actually, with adult females breeding and living independently. They are also non-stinging. They may do more good than harm for you, by controlling populations of pest insects. They also pollinate flowers and contribute to our ecosystem.
Some types of wasps become aggressive when people are around, and they will, if provoked, sting you. The stings are painful, itchy and red. They can cause dangerous reactions in people who are allergic to them. Keep reading to learn how to kill any wasp that might enter your house. it
How to Kill a Wasp in Your House
When you can’t herd the wasp out a window or door, you’ll have to destroy it. You’ll find that there are a few different ways this can be done, so that you won’t be bothered by him anymore.
Isolate that wasp first. If it’s buzzing all over your house, gather your children and pets into a safe room where the wasp is NOT. Turn on all your other lights, so you can more easily see your wasp invader.
If the home’s interior lights are set on a raised ceiling, a wasp will likely be attracted to them, and he won’t be easily reached. Use a ladder if necessary to, and have someone steady it. Turn on lower lamps, and set sugary food or drinks out to attract the unwelcome wasp. Put on thick clothing so that you won’t be stung on bare skin, and you’re ready to get the job done.
- Use a Flyswatter
Do you have a good aim? If so, this is a relatively easy way to kill wasps. Use your quick reflexes, since it may sting if not hit. It will become irritated and try to retaliate against you.
- Use a Spray
You may also learn the most efficient methods of how to kill a wasp in your house by reading a couple cans of wasp spray. Try to hunt your wasp into a room other than the kitchen if possible, so that the spray won’t get close to food.
Stay in one position until your wasp is near enough to be sprayed. Don’t spray a cloud of spray – direct it right at the insect. The wasp should fall on the floor when you first spray it. Then spray it once again.
Grab it using a paper towel and get rid of it into an outdoor garbage can. Don’t use tissues or toilet paper to pick it up. If it’s still alive, it can sting through thin paper. After you’re done spraying, clean any surfaces with soap and water that you may have sprayed.
- Use a Vacuum
If a wasp is walking on the floor, rather than flying, use a broom or vacuum to get the wasp out of the house. This is best done in the spring, when wasps are first starting to come out of hibernation. They are sluggish and slow in the spring. An unaggressive wasp can be easily handled in this way.
Preventing Wasps in the House
The best way to avoid getting wasps in your house is by not attracting them unintentionally inside in the first place. Here are some ways to keep them outside:
- Keep Sugary Drinks & Foods Away
Wasps eat more protein in spring & summer months, but they eat a lot of sugar in the fall. It increases the reproductive abilities and lifespan of wasps, so they head for any sugar they can find during the fall. For an autumn picnic, leave your sugary desserts and sugary sodas in the house.
- Keep Protein-Rich Foods Inside
Except for autumn, wasps eat mainly protein. Leave anything you’re dining on inside the house if it’s protein-rich. This includes your pet’s food, too. Feed your dog, cat or other pets indoors so that wasps won’t be attracted to their food.
- Keep Your Garbage Cans Sealed
Wasps generally hunt, but they can scavenge for their food, too. Garbage cans should be sealed tightly, or wasps will try to locate food in them. Alternately, you may want to sort out sugar and protein related food refuse in a separate can, sealed and farther away from your house.
- Set out Sliced Cucumbers
Do you want your outdoor picnic to be wasp-free? Set out cucumber slices in the area in which you’re eating and cooking outdoors. Wasps aren’t attracted to acidic foods, so they won’t be interested in the cucumber area. It will allow you to have a much more relaxing picnic.
- Seal Awnings & Seal your Home’s Siding
Wasps prefer the siding on houses and awnings mounted over decks, windows, etc., as nest sites. After you have sealed these areas on your house, wasps won’t have a pathway through your siding, to get into your home.
If there are wasps’ nests near your house, use a spray that will kill the wasps inside the hive along with those around it. You could also wait them out until the cold weather of winter arrives. Then they will die off. Knock the nest down before you seal up your house.
- Hang a Brown, Crumpled Lunch Bag on your Ceiling
If wasps think that there is already a colony in your home, they won’t be as attracted to the area. Use string to attach a crumpled up brown lunch bag to your ceiling, somewhere near the door. Wasps can’t tell whether it’s a bag or a nest. They will not invade another colony, so you won’t have to concern yourself with figuring out how to kill a wasp in your house.