When you see a wasp hovering above you, what will you do? How will you react if you see a colony of wasps hovering above you? Will you scream, freeze, or run? Whichever you decide to do, you will most likely get stung in the process. A wasp sting is one of the most painful stings, as it induces swelling, great discomfort, itching, and even fever. Some people are allergic to it, to the extent that it may be fatal for them. It makes you think that wasps were intentionally produced to create havoc around humanity.
The nest is one of the important things that a colony of wasps cannot live without. Except for the queen, the smell of food, and insect preys, nests are the most common factor as to how a wasp would choose a nest location.
Weather is also a big factor in wasps’ choice of location. Warm weather with dry climate is perfect for wasp centers, so if you live in the rural areas during summer, don’t be surprised to see a wasp colony under your front porch.
A wasp nest looks like a grayish block of cement. It may hang on trees or ceilings (for paper wasps), dwell on dug holes in your lawn or garden (yellow jacket) or simply be on your gutters, windows, and even doors (for the unimaginative colony). Yup, seeing a wasp nest is like seeing an alien version of a beehive, only that it looks dull and looks like cement with lots of buzzing around it; an aggressive buzzing, that is.
How to Find the Wasp Nest?
There are major questions to answer in order to find a wasp nest: where, when, and how. Where do you usually find an individual or a group of wasps hovering or flying around? When do you often see them? How aggressive are they?
The location where you usually find a group or an individual wasp is a sign that a nest is quite near you. Although the possibility of finding a single wasp during your barbeque parties during summer is quite normal, seeing a flock of them near your pool is very dangerous. It means that the nest is near you children, your pets, and even you.
The time when you see them is a sign that the wasps are active, so be very careful. It also relatively shows how big the nest is already, if you see a group of wasps always hovering around during daylight, that can only mean they are nested nearby. When there is sunlight and the weather is warm to hot, they thrive under this environment or climate.
Their aggressiveness also indicates that you are very, very near the wasp nest. Because they are a protective bunch of insects, they will become very aggressive if they see you anywhere near their territory. An angry wasp can be shooed away, but an angry group of wasps can only mean trouble.
There It Is!
Congratulations, you have found the nest. What are you going to do about it? Put it to flames? Douse it with chemicals? Spray it with jets of water? The best thing to do when you find a wasp nest is to either leave it alone (if it is far away from your home and your family) or to destroy it (if it holds a significant distance to your property).
You must always take note that no matter how nature intended for humans and other sentient beings to mingle, there are still factors that you should consider when living with a wasp nest in plain sight.
You must understand that some of your family members could be allergic to wasp stings, and being stung when you are allergic is one of the most dangerous facets that life entails you. A child can be stung by a group of angry and aggressive wasps and may incur severe trauma because of it. Grandma can be stung while puttering in the garden. Your boss may get stung during you barbeque parties. Even your precious dog could be stung while trying to play fetch. There are endless possibilities and reasons on why you should remove the nest once you finally find it.
Never disturb a wasp’s nest! If you do not want to be confronted by a group of wasps and be stung, don’t even go near it without wearing the necessary protective gear. A wasp nest may look innocent and even look like a weird piece of stone, so be extra precautious.
Because wasps become aggressive for no apparent reason, except for being attracted to all things that are colored yellow, it is necessary to put on protective gears, like pants, long sleeved shirts, a mask, even a scarf to cover your neck, to avoid being stung. You can also wear an insect repellant spray if you want. But never interfere, disrupt or disturb the nest – or face the consequences.
Ways to Remove a Wasp Nest
Removing the nest is either easy or difficult, depending on the size and the aggressiveness of the wasps. There are many methods, usually home remedies, to remove it. You can either soak it in water, fuel or other chemicals. You can freeze them (lucky you if you find it during winter. You wouldn’t have to do a single thing about it).
But please, never set it on fire. No matter how aggressive the wasps are, you can’t just burn their nest off because it may cause a larger fire and definitely the angry survivors may sting you endlessly.