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What are wasps attracted to?

Things wasps are attracted to

We’ve all been there, relaxing in the garden with a tasty ice cream on a warm sunny day, when out of the blue, that incessant buzzing comes darting our way. If you’ve ever found yourself at odds with pesky wasps invading your personal space, you’re not alone. We understand your frustration and know the concerns these annoying critters bring when they invade your home or business.

But fear not! In this blog, our experts utilise their knowledge and experience in dealing with nuisance wasp infestations to provide you with all you need to know about what wasps are attracted to so you can avoid them in the future.

If you’ve ever lounged in the sun with a picnic, you’ll know that wasps are mostly attracted to food sources like fruit and sweet drinks. Strong smells like perfume, standing water, and bright-coloured clothes are other non-food-related elements that attract wasps.

At Project Multi Pest, we have extensive experience removing tricky wasp nests from homes and businesses so people can live and work comfortably once again. Since wasps tend to attack when provoked, it is always best to leave the wasp nest removal to the professionals.

We are known for our friendly service and care towards all creatures. We use natural and humane pest control methods that are safe for humans and pets alike, so you can relax knowing that you’re in good hands.

Keep reading to learn how to get rid of wasps and what attracts them in the first place. If you’ve noticed more of these stinging insects darting around your property, contact our pest control team today for expert support.

What attracts wasps to build a nest?

Many worker wasps are happy to nest outside or inside so long as they have sufficient shelter and resources. They tend to nest in colonies of up to 20,000 – it’s no wonder you want to avoid them being attracted to your property.

Food sources

While they are carnivorous and do kill other insects, wasps eat mostly sugary substances, which they can get from flower nectar. However, you may find that their love of sugary items attracts them to your picnic blanket. Most sugary foods, like ice cream, canned drinks, and ripe fruit, are very appealing to these buzzing bugs.

Scents and odours

Wasps have a highly sensitive sense of smell, often leading them to follow strong scents, such as any deodorant you may wear, flowers (obviously!), fruit trees and pungent foods.

Standing water

While it might not even cross your mind, standing water is another common element that can attract wasps. Birdbaths, ponds, and puddles all offer a place for wasps to grab a quick drink when needed.

Bright colours

Wasps are naturally drawn to bright colours that resemble the shades of flowers. This is due to their innate instinct to hunt for nectar.

Are wasps attracted to certain people?

If you feel like you’re constantly the one being pestered by wasps, then chances are you’re wearing or eating something they are attracted to. While wasps aren’t particular about who they hang around and even sting, they are particular about what they’re attracted to.

Bright clothes, ripe fruit, and sweet smells are all things that can attract wasps. So, if you enjoy the occasional picnic or BBQ and wear fun clothing during the summer, you may have already found the cause of the wasp attraction.

How can I repel wasps?

Once you understand what wasps are attracted to, you can begin to avoid those items altogether. To deter wasps, you should wear neutral clothing when out and about during peak wasp season and try not to leave sweet drinks or sugary foods uncovered.

There are certain smells that wasps are not fond of, including peppermint oil and citronella oil. Burning candles or purchasing essential oils could be a way to naturally repel wasps, but it shouldn’t be seen as a long-term solution.

It’s also important to remain calm when you encounter wasps, as swatting can threaten them, causing them to erratically dart around you or even sting – and wasp stings are never pleasant! Not to mention, they can cause a number of irritations and reactions in certain people.

Types of UK wasps and what they are attracted to

Still pondering the question, what are wasps attracted to? Let’s take a closer look at some of the popular species you can find in the UK. There are around 9,000 different wasp species in the UK, each possessing different traits and characteristics.

Yellow jackets

One of the most common wasp species in the UK is the yellow jacket wasp, which can easily be identified by its black and yellow stripes. Yellow jackets are typically drawn to any sweet substance, including fizzy drinks, juice, and fruit. They tend to nest underground near tree stumps or in unused animal burrows, but they have been known to seek shelter within homes, including lofts and sheds.

Solitary wasps

Another popular wasp species is the solitary wasp, which can be of various colours and sizes but usually has smooth and hairless bodies. These wasps typically get their name from their solitary lifestyle and tend to live and hunt alone. They are attracted to things similar to most other wasps, like nectar, sweet foods, and sheltered nesting areas.

Solitary wasps tend to pose less of a threat as they are attracted to quiet areas with minimal human disruption and are less aggressive.

Paper wasps

While they tend to be less common in the UK, paper wasps can be identified by their slim red-brown bodies and paper-like nests. Like other wasp species, they are often attracted to sugary smells and tend to build nests in covered areas, such as under roofs, trees, or within walls.

Got a wasp infestation? Get in touch with Project Multi Pest today

While they play an important role in the ecosystem, we understand the concerns of having a wasp infestation in your home or business. While you may be tempted to purchase wasp treatment online or even build your own wasp traps, it is always best to leave wasp removal to the experts.

At Project Multi Pest, we’ll ensure no harm comes your way and guarantee a swift removal service. If you suspect a wasp nest in your home or business, don’t hesitate. Contact Project Multi Pest today for expert assistance in safely removing the wasp colony from your property.

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Matt is an experienced and professional pest control technician and falconer serving London and Kent.

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