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Wasp Killer Q&A Part 2: Best Time to Kill Wasps and Natural Wasp Repellent

Buying a wasp killer from a store isn't going to solve all your wasp infestation problems. You have to use the product correctly, setting it up as instructed. Next you have to be patient and let it do its work. Unless, of course you have purchased a wasp spray or wasp powder, which means you will be applying the product onto the nest itself in hopes of removing it from the vicinity.

More than properly setting up the wasp killer, knowing the best time to do it and what you can do to make sure you don't get a similar infestation next year is just as important.

Q: When is the Best Time to Kill Wasps?

Most resources (including this website) will tell you that the best time to go after a nest is at night. This is absolutely true. What many won't tell you however, is the best time of year to kill the wasps, which is June.

As you know, wasps begin new colonies come spring. Throughout the spring, the queen is giving birth while her workers are expanding the nest and tending to the young. By June, the queen has already established the colony well enough so you can spot it. However, during this time the nests are still relatively small, which makes them much easier to deal with.

Also, during this month, which is like a bridge between spring and summer, temperatures still drop really low at night, making it difficult for wasps to fly and defend their nest. In the later summer months when the evenings are warmer, wasps can easily fly out and begin attacking if you try to remove the nest.

Tip: If you find the nest late in the summer or in the fall, it is better to put killing wasps out of your head. By this time, the nest is a large colony, which can be quite dangerous. Also, the winter weather will kill them off soon enough, and spare you the trouble. In a case like this, simply put traps up around your home and wait for winter. Come spring, focus on preventing, repelling and deterring them.

Q: What's a Good Natural Wasp Repellent

There are many things in nature which act as natural bug repellents. Planting onions, garlic, wormwood, and neem around your garden will act as a wasp repellent. You can also create water based sprays, diluting spices and chillies in warm water or peppermint in warm water, and use these mixtures to spray or soak your fences to keep wasps away.

Keep in mind that a wasp repellent will not kill wasps, just keep them away from you.

Apart from using a wasp repellent or coming up with a plan to kill wasps, make sure you also secure areas of your home or areas near your home with other preventive techniques, making sure wasps don't nest there and the infestation never begins.

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