Why are wasps coming into my house?
Wasps are particularly attracted to sweet foods and strong smells. Also, when a young queen is looking for a place to build her nest, she likes protected areas such as galleries, roof edges, attics or trees and shrubs.
What can I do to prevent wasps from settling in my home?
If you like to eat out, make sure you cover your food well to prevent wasps from being attracted by odours. Also, be sure to clean up any spills as soon as they occur and don't leave crumbs on your deck. Finally, get a garbage can that closes tightly, especially if you leave it outside all the time.
Can wasps cause damage?
Wasps are mainly a danger to humans, as they are a very territorial species. The workers in charge of protecting the colony's nest can attack as soon as they feel threatened. Their sting can even be fatal to people who are allergic to their venom. Also, unlike bees, wasps can sting several times.
Oh no! There's a wasp nest on my property!
As long as the nest and its occupants do not pose a danger to you or your family, it is best not to touch it until November or December. In late fall, wasps die and it is easier to remove the deserted nest without the risk of being stung.
However, if you think wasps are a danger, you should be patient and get protective clothing and a net to protect yourself from the nest workers. Since wasps are much more active during the day, it is best to try to remove the nest in the evening, but be careful not to light the nest directly! Using a plastic bag, coat the nest and cut off its stalk. Place the nest in the freezer for at least 48 hours to kill wasps.