We have already seen, in our article "Useful insects in agriculture: a complete guide“, How to make the most of the potential that animal nature offers us to improve the crops in our garden.
In fact, not all insects must be chased away or eradicated: let's think of bees, and the fundamental contribution they make to agriculture and, consequently, to the well-being of the whole world.
It would be perfect if all insects complemented our efforts in the fields, just like bees do. Unfortunately, however, the types of parasites and insects that damage our crops are more numerous, and among these are fully included the wasps.
Unlike bees, in fact, wasps can also seriously damage the fruit and the plants of a vegetable garden, feeding on their pulp and creating substantial losses to our crop.
Let's see together how to recognize wasps, how to identify their presence even when we don't see them directly and, above all, how to get rid of them.
A mistake, however, is to drive the bees out of our garden, ruining both the ecosystem that has been created around our crops, and the pollination work that is essential for our plants.
Despite their similar size and colors, bees and wasps can be easily distinguished from both a physical and a behavioral point of view.
Wasps and bees are part of the same family of the Hymenoptera, suborder Apocriti, section Aculeati.
If we had the opportunity to observe them closely, we would notice that the bees have a rounder body, a darker color with ocher reflections and are covered with hair; wasps, on the other hand, have a more tapered body, a much brighter yellow color and longer legs and antennae.
To distinguish them even while maintaining distances is enough observe the behavior and what they seek as food.
While bees are in fact attracted only to what is sugary, such as sweet drinks or sugary semi-liquid foods, land wasps approach instead to everything that is edible even for humans: meat, fruit, sugary foods and carbonated drinks.
Wasps have jaws and can actually chew our food, while bees can't.
Just like their closest relatives, bees bones, wasps live in organized societies with very specific roles.
They are in fact social animals and do not stray far from their nest, where there is one queen wasp which, after the winter, fecundates and forms a colony.
Each colony has an annual duration: every year, at the end of the summer, new fertile males and females are born that will migrate out of the nest and will form new colonies of wasps, while the original colony will not survive another winter.
The most common wasp species in Italy there are three, and they behave differently towards humans:
Another wasp that is very harmful to our cultivated gardens is the wasp velutina, which we talked about in our article "Vespa velutina: prevention and remedies“.
Although they are very annoying, using pesticides to remove wasps from the garden is a poor choice, to prevent the plants from absorbing the residues of these insecticides.
Among the natural remedies to successfully remove wasps we can mention the chromotropic traps or biotrap, inside which sugary substances must be placed that attract the specimens of wasp to be eliminated by hand.
Another useful operation is that of remove the wasp nest, if you can find it. In these cases it is better to get help from an expert gardener specialized in removing nests or directly from companies specialized in pest control.
Eventually a carbaril-based insecticide on the opening of the nest. It is important to perform this operation at sunset, when the activity of the wasps tends to slow down. Protect yourself adequately before wiping a cloth filled with carbaril on the edge of the nest.
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In Italy the most common wasps are three. The Vespula Volgari (or common Vespa), the Vespula Germanica (or German Vespa) and the Polistes Gallicus (or Vespa Cartonaia). Drive away the wasps from the place where you are it becomes a necessity considering the fact that they are very aggressive insects, except for the Vespa Cartonaia which is the quietest of the three) and they tend to sting very easily.
Confusing the wasps and bees it's easy because both are black and yellow. However, the bee has a hairier body and a less bright yellow. Among other things, the wasp is an aggressive insect that attacks easily, while the bee, on the other hand, has a much more peaceful character and attacks only if annoyed. Another difference is that the bee dies after having stung you and leaves the sting inside the skin. The wasp, on the other hand, does not leave it and does not die, in fact it manages to attack several times.
Keeping wasps away is important to avoid getting stings. The symptoms are in fact very annoying. The area swells and turns red, hurts and burns. However, those who are not allergic go through these phases without particular repercussions. Those who are allergic to its sting must pay greater attention to it. This is because there is a risk of anaphylactic shock.
Removing a nest is a very delicate operation, which can be dangerous if done without paying proper attention. The first thing you could do then, in addition to keeping calm, is to call the Fire Brigade, who will remove the nest by spraying some poison. Requesting the intervention of the Fire Brigade is a solution for those who do not wish to run the risk of being stung under any circumstances, given the danger of these insects, especially if they are numerous. For the more courageous, on the other hand, or if the nest is rather small, there are do-it-yourself remedies that, using due caution, will prove to be more than effective. A first remedy is to use the insecticide: open the drawer slightly, spray the insecticide inside, close it and wait for this to take effect. Once you are sure that the wasps are all gone, ventilate the environment well and remove the nest permanently.
Another effective method of chasing away wasps is to use smoke. Let's see now how it is possible to generate it safely, respecting some rules to avoid accidents. To proceed you will need a fireproof container with a lid and quite large. Start by inserting slightly moistened straw inside the container, then set the straw on fire, which being humid will not develop a flame but only a black and annoying smoke, and close the lid for a few seconds, the time necessary for the smoke to accumulate inside. 'indoor. Once full, open the container and direct the smoke towards the nest with puffs or a fan: at this point the wasps will flee, frightened by the presence of a possible fire.
An idea could be to replace the flowers (whose scents and colors can attract wasps) from the places in your garden where you prefer to be with a little green plants that have an annoying smell to insects. Spearmint, thyme, lemongrass, eucalyptus and wormwood, for example, are natural repellents against wasps, to remain beautiful to look at and naturally fragrant! Plant them in the garden, in an area that you would like to enjoy in peace, without worrying about wasps.
HOW TO ELIMINATE BEES AND WASPS IN A NATURAL WAY - Insects can be really annoying and in the summer bees and wasps they can make our garden picnics a hero nightmare, ruining our day. Let's see how to remove them naturally to be able to enjoy a relaxing afternoon outdoors.
It is certainly possible to find a large variety of repellents on the market to keep insects away, however we can avoid purchasing chemical products or other preparations, saving time and moneyor and above all getting anyway an effective repellent for wasps, bees or hornets. Coffee is the watchword, the magical ingredient, the solution that will solve the problem of freeing our summer days from annoying and inappropriate winged insects in an excellent way. An easy to find ingredient and that we will almost certainly already have at home at hand, ready to be used for this purpose.
We won't have to make any drinks, but we can use the powder directly, for create a repellent in a simple, fast and above all very effective way. In a few simple steps we can create a valid deterrent for unwanted guests. We use a container as a aluminum container, we can use the lid of a jam jar, or make a small foil wrapper. a few teaspoons of coffee and let it catch fire using a lighter or a match. That's all!
The coffee will burn slowly, producing a smoke with a strong and intense aroma. For us the smell is not absolutely unpleasant, on the contrary, but for bees and wasps it is unbearable and this will help to keep the winged insects away from the surroundings, allowing us to relax freely in the open air. The coffee will continue to burn evenly and very slowly, once we start our homemade coaster, we will not need to refuel or restart it for a long time. We will be able to forget it as we will forget the presence of bees and wasps that will not come to torment us for quite a while.
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As summer approaches, for many a serious problem also returns: wasps. A real challenge, to be faced with caution given the danger of these small animals. You know how to get rid of wasps? You know when it is possible to make do with methods do-it-yourself and when it is better to call gods professionals? Here are some tips!
Before reading let's remember that we are talking about wasps and not bees: they are similar insects, but profoundly different. In fact, bees are a species to which the nromativa pays particular attention. It is not one protected species officially, however, Law 313 of 24 December 2004 in Article 1 reads "This law recognizes beekeeping as an activity of national interest useful for the conservation of the natural environment, ecosystem and agriculture in general and is aimed at guaranteeing natural pollination and biodiversity of bee species, with particular reference to the safeguarding the Italian bee breed". In addition, in 2008 a ministerial decree was issued in which the use of neonicotinoids for the tanning of seeds was suspended as they are considered responsible for the growing death of bees.
All this to say that it is better to take the necessary precautions when it comes to bees, animals very useful for our ecosystem. For move them away you can use one of the natural methods listed below, but to "eliminate" them permanently from our home it is advisable to call experts. The professional beekeeper or exterminator will move the hive safely, both for you and for the bees.
Before trying your hand at preparing tricks to ward off wasps, it is best to find out about the dangers, to avoid unwanted stings. For example:
Wasps and other insects of the same family tend to form nests and colony in the summer season. When autumn arrives, they naturally extinguish due to the cold: however, some specimens resist and in spring are ready to form a new colony.
It is advisable not to use insecticides because of their toxicity which harms the environment and living beings: humans and pets. In addition, insecticides also have repercussions on all other animals in the ecosystem, including non-harmful ones such as bees.
If you are not very skilled with DIY methods, it is preferable to call professionals, especially:
In addition to the companies of private professionals, for the disinfestation of wasps, bees and hornets you can also contact the firefighters, the Fire Brigade, who will intervene only in one of the following situations:
Another body in charge that can be consulted is the ASL of reference, however these mainly intervene in the public, if not exclusively. It is the same body that directs private citizens to specialized firms.
The best way to avoid dealing with the wasp problem is to do prevention. However, these tips will help you to contain the problem, but not to eliminate it completely: sometimes the wasps, for various reasons, choose a certain area. And they stay there.
In addition to the natural and eco-friendly remedies we have mentioned so far, measures can also be taken so that these insects are less likely to attack us. Generally they tend to do so only if you get too close to their nest (and if they perceive us a threat) unfortunately, this eventuality could also occur independently of our will, leading the insects to defend themselves in the only way they know and - in the most serious cases - chasing the chosen victim even in a group. So, as trivial and obvious as it may seem, the simplest way to avoid bites is just not to go looking for them!
At the same time, there are a number of small things to watch out for to avoid attracting certain insects. Bees, for example, they are particularly attracted to perfumes and sweet smelling sun creams, as well as from brightly colored clothes. Dressing in yellow or orange could lead a bee to mistake you for a flower, eventually settling on you. Wasps and hornets, on the other hand, find sugary foods and drinks irresistible: if you are drinking a fizzy drink and you leave the can open on the table in the garden, for example, you will almost certainly find a wasp inside it, this also applies to fruit, such as grapes or apples.
The advice we wanted to give you in this article are all aimed at defending yourself from bees, wasps and their stings without resorting to insecticides and with a zero environmental impact. Unfortunately, in some cases, the nesting can be so extensive and rooted that certain methods would end up being completely insufficient if such an infestation should happen to you, we invite you to read our insights about it.