As in the heading. BBQ soon including a number of children in garden
where I get pestered by wasps whenever I go out to do anything.
I have heard that Bounce sheets as put in tumble driers help repel them.
Anyone got any (sensible)suggestions. Not sure my angle grinder, WD40
etc will help much?
What is attracting them? Particular flowers (cut 'em down!), windfall
fruit (pick it up!), your sweet smelling aroma (don't wash for a
Or is there a nest which you can track down and deal with at source.
Wasp traps. Take an empty jam jar (helps if there's still traces of jam
in it - saves washing it up.) Drill a 7mm or so hole in the lid. Add
a dessertspoonful of sugar and enough water to fill the jar about a third
full. (Helps if you use warm water). Hang the jar somewhere where wasps
are common - in the sun seems to be good.
I've killed about 1.5 pints of wasps like this so far this year. We have
a nest somewhere in the garden, or nearby, which I cannot find.
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Thanks for the replies so far.
Very few flowers in the garden.
No obvious nests in the area but certainly more wasps than usual.
I eat heaps of garlic. Perhaps if I go to the gym first to sweat some out.
Haven't got any jam but have seen beer traps work well. As long as they
aren't drowning in my pints!
Rain is allegedly going to reduce or disappear by Sunday.
On Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:19:58 +0100, Hugh - Was Invisible
Early in the season, wasps get sweetness from wasp grubs in the wasp
nest, in return for feeding the grubs with caterpillars, insects etc.
In late summer/autumn, the nests are coming to an end so no more
grubs, and the wasps look for sources of sweetness elsewhere. The best
way to avoid them when having your BBQ is not to have sweet foods
spread around to attract them.
I believe they are also not supposed to make a new nest in close
proximity to an old nest (although maybe the wasps haven't read that
However, I suspect that there may be more to not using an old nest than
the looks of it. It may be more the smell of it (but I haven't checked
this). If so, a fake nest would not work. But if anyone wants a real
(old) one, I have one in my garden shed (albeit contaminated with the
smell of wasp killer aerosol spray plus dead wasps).
If you think this is done in the insect world by looks alone then you
are sadly mistaken, Smell is everything. It might be visually the
most perfect reproduction of a wasp nest known to man but if it
doesn't smell right then it's not going to work.
An existing abandoned / poisoned nest chopped out and positioned
nearby might work although I doubt it as I've seen wasps nests built
within a few feet of existing ones.
In my experiece wasps have used the same nest year after year until it was
about eight feet long. They were so determined to return that they attempted
to chew through the UPVC that I used to block their way in. As this is in
Surrey perhaps the wasps are very conservative too,
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