According to the Australian Museum, there are over 12,000 species of wasps in Australia. Luckily, there are only a few species that will bother your family and ruin your picnics. Wasp stings are painful and can be dangerous to sensitive populations, so learning how to avoid them is important.
Wasp Behavior and Nests
Wasp species generally fall into two categories: solitary or social. Solitary wasps live alone or in small groups and rarely present on-going problems for homeowners. Social wasps tend to be more problematic. They have nests with much larger populations, tend to defend them aggressively, and will sting repeatedly if they feel threatened.
Wasp nests vary in size, shape, and location, depending on the species. They may build nests in the ground, in wall voids, in trees or bushes, or under the eaves of homes. Although wasps can be beneficial as pollinators and predators of other insects, the presence of wasp nests around homes can be cause for concern. Not only can wasp stings be extremely painful, but some people are also allergic to them. In rare circumstances, wasp stings can lead to anaphylactic reactions and cause serious medical conditions, even death.
How to Avoid Wasp Stings
Staying safe from wasps can involve many different things including: sanitation efforts, changing your outdoor habits, and dress and grooming tips. While not a comprehensive list, doing these things can help prevent wasp stings.
- Keep your property clean, tidy, and decluttered
- Rinse rubbish bins regularly and keep lids on them
- Before going into the garden, check for wasps
- Clean up fallen or rotting fruits and vegetables from trees or gardens
- Clean up any spills, food, and rubbish from outdoor parties
- Wear closed toe shoes
- Avoid wearing strong, flowery smelling perfumes
- Avoid bright clothing and floral prints
- If you see wasp nests, call a professional to help treat and dispose of them
Sunshine Coast Wasp Control
If you find wasp nests around your home, call the experts at Radar Pest Control. We will safely remove the nests and create a customized treatment plan to keep wasps away in the future. Save yourself time, effort, and stress by turning the job over to our trained technicians. For pest control in Nambour or pest control in Buderim, you won’t find better than Radar Pest Control.