How to protect ourselves against wasps? A garden, balcony, or patio filled with flowers and fruits inevitably attracts bees and wasps. If there are a lot of bees or wasps in our area, it’s worth being cautious. We don’t want to attract more insects to our garden or “anger” the ones already there. Therefore, it’s advisable to follow some behavioral rules to avoid unpleasant encounters. However, there may be situations where we need to take more decisive steps for our protection. All of this while being aware that bees are in danger, as their numbers are alarmingly decreasing day by day.
How to protect ourselves against wasps?
It’s worth considering a few pieces of advice from the following:
- Don’t leave food leftovers or unwashed dishes in the garden or on the balcony.
- Keep food well sealed in the garden, preferably in covered containers, etc.
- Provide the greatest possible distance between the dining area and the garbage bin.
- Clean the trash bin daily and always keep it covered.
- Avoid using strongly scented perfumes, aftershaves, deodorants, or soaps.
- Wear white clothing instead of colorful and patterned clothes.
- Instead of swatting and flailing at insects, try to gently shoo them away with careful movements, preferably using paper.
- Before drinking outdoors, always check your glass, and before swimming, check the water in the pool to make sure there are no wasps or bees in it. This is especially important for children!
Information about stings
A bee or wasp sting becomes truly life-threatening only when it affects the airways. In such cases, the resulting swelling can obstruct the airways and cause suffocation.
Swelling may occur ten to thirty minutes after a wasp sting. It is accompanied by pain. The sting can even cause bleeding and minor tissue necrosis. The affected area may itch for several days. There is a greater risk with multiple wasp stings.
After a bee sting, redness and swelling appear on the body, accompanied by a few minutes of pain. It is possible for the swelling to spread throughout the entire limb. If stung on the face, significant swelling may occur.
Therefore, it’s better to choose the principle of peaceful coexistence, as pollinating insects are extremely important for our environment. Let’s not strive to destroy them.
Destroying the wasp nest – if there is no other solution:
If there is no other solution and there are a large number of wasps in our surroundings, then destroying the nest may be the only option. It’s best to leave this task to a professional. If we were to attempt it ourselves, it’s advisable to use specific wasp or bee control products. These are more effective in eliminating the inhabitants of the nest. Additionally, we can kill the inhabitants of an underground nest with hot water.
- It’s best to exterminate wasps after dusk when they are all inside the nest.
- Never seal off the entrance of a nest built under the roof or into the walls because wasps will look for another exit – and in a worst-case scenario, it could be inward!
- Wear protective clothing, a helmet, and goggles! Seal the openings at the wrists, ankles, and neck with adhesive tape!
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