By the time the warm weather gets to us in the Spring, a lot of people are really alarmed when they notice hornets, wasps, or yellow jackets flying around their garden. But be aware that we can consider these creatures very beneficial for our gardens and for us gardeners. Note that I indeed said beneficial!
These insects are beneficial because they are pollinating flowers and eating caterpillars and all sorts of other pest larvae. Of course, I’m aware that they also can sting pretty bad, and there are many people who are allergic to their terrible venom, but for the moment, let’s forget about that, okay?
One day I witnessed a hornet attacking an inch-long worm that was threatening corn plants. It killed it, dissected it, and then took it back to its nest for munching. Since then I consider hornets to be my best friends, and I’ve witnessed hornets chasing slugs!
Beware though, that also these creatures may be making major pests as well of themselves. They can be found building nests right above your door, in the ground, or under the eaves. I really tolerate, or maybe even welcome, these sometimes nasty creatures in the garden, but I’ll make sure they get no chance to claim any sort of ownership of any part of my house.
I have found that probably the best way to prevent these creatures build a nest near your house is to patrol around the house twice a week or more frequently if needed. If I see the slightest sign of a nest being built, I immediately blast it down using a strong high-pressure water jet. If you make this your routine this time of the year, the nests cannot get big enough to be defended by the wasps. They just will try to build a nest at another location. Eventually, the wasps will move on to build their nests in another place than your home.
How about flying creatures bothering you in the garden? The most important thing I’ve learned is NOT to be wearing any clothes with flowers designs or flowery colors or patterns. If I don’t look like a flower, chances are the wasps won’t even bother about me. I do my thing, and the wasps and hornets will do theirs.
I used to be terrified of these flying creatures (I got stung once 29 times!), but the simple fact that these days I work calmly in my garden, while these creatures are flying around me, is nothing short of stunning. We, l I think that when I am able to do this, you most probably can do it too.
They are known not to sting people except when they sort of “ask for it”, or do something to “deserve” to get stung. If you smash their nests, or step on them, they won’t be so friendly, and if I see that a certain area of my is buzzing with wasp or hornets activity, I just take another part of my garden to deal with till the moment the flying creatures have done.
What you should be aware of is the fact that hornets, wasps, and yellowjackets are generally attracted to the smell of meat. Bear in mind that trash cans, snacks, outdoor BBQ’s, or pet food are only smelling too nice, and these creatures can’t resist this. And also very importantly, take care and watch any drinks in your garden!
No problem if you’re drinking just water, but the flying creatures will definitely be lured to any other sorts of drinks. They will climb right inside your glass or can to discover what it is that smells so fantastic. Please be careful, or you may accidentally have the doubtful pleasure of feeling one up your mouth, and a wasp (or hornet or yellow jacket) sting in that part of your body may be fatal. Please take care!
In case you notice a sizable increase in hornets, yellow jackets, or wasps in the Fall, rest assured, you’re in good company. This is the season that these mostly beneficial flying creatures get in high gear. This time of the year, these insects are highly excited because of all sorts of ripe fruit that is available all around them.
They are very busy to take these finds back to the nests, as it is the time when a lot of these species create new males and queens. If you can, try to be as tolerant as possible towards these insects, and rest assured, by the time cold weather arrives, assuming you live somewhere where it gets cold, most of them are going to will die anyway.
On the other hand, if you feel you have to eliminate them anyway, instead of waiting for the cold weather to kill them, take these tips into account. When you want take some action by yourself, make sure to do so when it is dark, and before you start, please determine whether the insects you want to destroy are really hornets, wasps, or yellow jackets, or any other insects capable of harming humans.
Be aware that hoverflies often may be mistaken for tiny hornets, and they occasionally cause unnecessary panic and fear for many people, though they could in no way be harmful to human beings. There are also quite a few smaller wasps don’t a stinger that could be hurting a person, and they also would never do a thing like that. Wasps are known to possess a rudimentary mind anyway, and most are programmed in a way that they would target natural preys only.