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Do fake wasp nests actually fool wasps?


I have seen fake wasp nests sold as a deterrent against wasps and similar insects. Do they really work? Is there some scientific evidence for it?

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Wasps are extremely territorial creatures. They also have great sight. Wasp colonies will send out foragers and scouts to look for uninhabited areas with food in which they can build a nest. Because wasps are so fiercely territorial, a scout wasp will generally stay away from an area with another colony already in it.

Because of this fact fake wasps nest works!!

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Can Wasps Be Repelled? Are the Repellents Effective? Debunking the Myths!

When you first encounter wasps, you want to get rid of them as soon as possible with a suitable insecticide. But it is not necessary to kill all the wasp hive inhabitants. You can follow the Extension Entomologist University of Kentucky College of Agriculture entomologists’ recommendation: “A dilute solution of ammonia and water (approximately 6 oz of ammonia per gallon of water) sprayed in and around trash cans and sponged onto outdoor tables and food preparation surfaces may help to repel yellow jackets from these areas. Use household ammonia, not Clorox (bleach)”.

Mint is yet another natural method. It’s believed that mint oil repels yellow jackets and people still use this plant or mint-based products to keep wasps away. But there is no research data available to support this idea. So, you may try to use this plant but don’t be disappointed if there are no results.

The scientists claim that there is no 100% protection against wasps, so be careful. Oklahoma State University scientists explain that social wasps (paper wasps and yellow jackets) and their nests should be avoided and not disturbed. Wasps and bees often visit garbage cans in picnic areas and other recreation sites, so it is best to avoid sitting or standing next to such sites. They also don’t advise using sweet-smelling colognes, perfumes and wearing orange, yellow, and blue clothes, as they will attract flying wasps. Don’t forget to always put away food and drinks!

However, an encouraging study proved the high potential for efficient wasp repelling. Of the 21 essential oils tested, 17 showed significant repellency on yellow jackets and paper wasps: clove, pennyroyal, lemongrass, ylang ylang, spearmint, wintergreen, sage, rosemary, lavender, geranium, patchouli, citronella, Roman chamomile, thyme, fennel seed, anise and peppermint.

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find any scientific evidence supporting the existence of ready-to-use wasp repellents and that they can be bought. But the manufacturers of wasp control products don’t give up and keep on experimenting and inventing new products. So far, their effectiveness has not been scientifically proven so if you don’t want to deal with artificial chemical wasp killers and wasp removal products, give it a try but we can’t guarantee you any results.


About Wasps&hellip

Wasps are closely related to ants and bees, and share a common evolutionary ancestor. With about 100,000 identified species, wasps make up a diverse group in the order Hymenoptera.

They are distinguishable from bees by a pointed lower abdomen and a sharply cinched waistline that separates the segments of its body. Wasps are also less furry than bees and possess mandibles for cutting and biting.

Wasps are either solitary insects that live alone or are social creatures that form colonies.

Social and Solitary Wasps

Solitary wasps typically build nests in an isolated spot underground, in hollowed plant stems, or holes in trees where they bring back prey to feed their young. The vast majority of wasps are the solitary type, and while they do have stingers, they are used primarily to paralyze their prey and not for defense.

Social wasps, on the other hand, have a highly organized society featuring one or more queens with male drones and female workers. Each spring, the queen builds a small nest and lays eggs to hatch workers, who then in turn continue to build and expand the nest.

The structure is composed of multiple six-sided cells made from regurgitated wood and plant matter that creates a paper like material.

As the queen continues to lay eggs throughout the summer, a single colony can be comprised of more than 5,000 members. By winter, all wasps die off with the exception of one newly fertilized queen who is able to survive the cold to start the process anew the following spring.

Social wasps are members of the Vespidae family, and are easily recognizable by their bright yellow and black coloring and powerful stings. When disturbed, these types emit a pheromone that alerts other wasps of danger, sending them into a stinging frenzy. Only females have stingers and they can sting repeatedly.


Fake wasp and hornet nest buying guide

If you’re at least relatively certain that a fake hornet nest is a good solution for your wasp problem, the next step is to make sure that you buy the right nest for your situation.

Most commercial fake nests resemble hornet nests – they are grey and cone-shaped. Most wasps have a low-resolution vision, but it is good enough to make out a familiar shape. This is why fake nests work best against wasps that make visually similar nests.

Some species of paper wasps have very good eyesight and can recognize the faces of other wasps in their colony. However, they still rely on familiarity and learning to recognize objects in their environment. An unusual shape is unlikely to deter them from making a home nearby.

There are, however, other factors to consider before making a purchase:

    How many nests are you going to need? Many manufacturers overestimate the effective radius of their fake hornet nests. Some even claim their nests maintain a wasp-free radius of hundreds of feet. That’s likely an exaggeration. Even the very aggressive cicada killer wasp has a maximum territory of about 16 feet by 6 feet. Bald-faced hornets and yellow jackets don’t like other animals within a few feet of their nest. Paper wasps (the less aggressive group) can sense movement up to 20 feet away, but only attack animals that approach within a few inches. A study of solitary ground-nesting wasps found nests within 2 meters (6 feet) of each other. On the other hand, an aerially-nesting wasp, Vespa vetulina, was found to nest a minimum of 1.5 km from another nest, while common wasps (Vespulavulgaris) are comfortable within 250 meters of another colony.

Depending on the type of wasp you’re trying to prevent, the effective radius of a fake nest could be anywhere from a few feet to a kilometre or more. For best results, if you have a large property, you should install multiple fake nests within about 30-40 feet of each other.


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Just do what needs to be done, and kill them.

I was attending attending a Zen center for a while a few years ago. There were a number of people with construction and landscaping backgrounds. There was a tree with a root system which threatened the house. They were advocating for its removal. The Roshi said "That tree was there long before any of us were born, and it'll be there long after we're all dead." Case closed. A few weeks later, it fell over, and in the process its root system ripped up the back veranda of the house. They were still dealing with the fallout from this when I showed up. They'd developed a more pragmatic philosophy about such things, by that time.

Think twice about the water strategy. Think three times!

If you call an exterminator and explain to them your preferences, you might find one that has the protective equipment and willingness to move the hive someplace less path-stingy. If one of your members is a bee keeper, they would also.

Interesting. I have always been one that felt a pang of guilt after killing such pests. Just this morning before the sun was fully up I sprayed a wasp nest that was growing in a shed where garden supplies are kept. I didn't like it, but I couldn't risk them getting agitated and attacking my mother. I knew she planned on working in the garden today.

I step around ants, when I see them. I love to watch how spiders tend their webs and let them be. In fact I sit at watch them. But, if there is one on or near my bed have always killed them. I suppose I could catch them and remove them.

I heard a story once that some practitioners had been meditating very well more or less on their own, but forgot to make many karmic connections with others. When they were liberated, they had no students no-one happened to want to learn from them. So they picked some animals with short lives - ants, I think - and blew mantras over them. Pretty soon they had a bunch of students they could work with.

Far-out maybe, but if I have to move critters then I'll say some mantras over them. The big guys say mantras are really powerful and lay karmic seeds.

Having said that, I do kill mosquitoes sometimes, but I figure hey, they started it.

What about termites eating your house? Do you herd them out? The mosquito. Do you sit there and let them do their thing? I know if one lands on me I'm swatting it.

I've had wasps nests in my loft for years and just leave them there. Once quite a lot of them got into the house and I had to catch them individually in jars and then put them outside which took a long time.

I've never been stung by a wasp in my life.

I've had wasps nests in my loft for years and just leave them there. Once quite a lot of them got into the house and I had to catch them individually in jars and then put them outside which took a long time.

I've never been stung by a wasp in my life.

I certainly *have* been stung by wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets all around my house and garden areas. Many times. If you piss them off, they will sting you, and in so doing release pheromones that attract their nest-mates to you for stinging. Hornets and yellow jackets in particular will chase you down to sting you.

You cannot move a wasp or hornet nest to another location. It is built in a particular location, and only the queen can select another location. You can move it, but the insects will abandon it and build a new one somewhere else. But removing one in the middle of their breeding season means that all of the larvae and/or pupae in it will die (they will be abandoned). Odds are also as good as not that if you move it they will simply return to the same spot and build again if it's a particularly good spot for them. As repugnant as it may be, if the nest is somewhere that irritating them will cause you harm, the best bet is to spray it.

There was a wasps nest in the last place I lived, right above the front door of all places. I left the wasps there and moved out myself! (Though to be honest I did plan to move out around that time anyway, wasps nest or not).

The place was rented, and I was told by my landlord that if I just leave it there they'll all die when the cold weather comes, and I won't get a problem with them again after that. no mention of there being even more the following year (as someone else here mentioned). I'd like to think that my landlord honestly thought I wouldn't get another nest there the following year, but I guess it could be that she didn't want to fork out the money to sort it out.

It's a difficult problem to sort out, without killing them. I have to be honest, if I was still living in that place now and the nest did come back, I would have seriously considered killing them, even though it would make me a bit sad to do so.


Ever Wonder About Wasp Nests?

In mid-May, my daughter spotted a wasp nest in our backyard. If you like eating outdoors, wasps can be troublesome, especially later in summer. But because they eat more damaging insects, they tend to be considered beneficial on balance. If, however, the nest is too close for comfort, and it's as big as a basketball, then you might want to get someone else to deal with it. The one we found was only the size of a grapefruit, so I blasted it to smithereens with my garden hose. Thrilling as that was, I later suffered science remorse from not more carefully studying this beautiful thing of nature. Hence this post.

All in Black and White

The bewildered former residents were black and white, probably meaning they were Dolichovespula maculata, commonly known as bald-faced hornets, even though they are not hornets (they're yellow jackets, even though they are not yellow. go figure). They build their nests above ground and live in many parts of North America, but not where it's too dry. Not a problem in Vancouver.

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Warm spring temperatures rouse fertilized queens that have spent a secluded winter under a piece of bark or some other protected nook. To begin building a new nest, a queen uses her jaws to scrape bits of fibre from woody sources: plants, logs, cardboard or fences. She breaks down the wood fibres in her mouth with saliva and water to produce a pulp that usually dries as a strong gray paper, though sometimes different colours appear, depending on the source of fibre.

Location, Location, Location

The queen finds a quiet, out of the way place to build a nest. If it's in a tree or shrub, the nest often incorporates plant twigs, which makes the nest stronger and harder to see. It might not be noticed until the leaves disappear in the autumn. In our case, the nest was under a roof ledge.

This New House

The queen builds hexagonal cells, which, as in bee hives, optimizes the use of materials as well as creates a spherical waterproof envelope around them. The hive is vented at the top to help with climate control and open at the bottom. I did notice this wondered why it looked unfinished.

Cell Network

Into each cell, the queen lays a fertilized egg that develops into a dutiful, infertile daughter. The queen raises the first brood herself, collecting prey to feed the young. Once they emerge as winged adults, however, the offspring become general labourers—foraging for food, feeding the young, guarding and enlarging the nest, while the queen focuses on egg-laying.

No Vacancy

The workers eventually enclose the basketball-sized nest with an entrance low on one side. The nest can eventually support several hundred denizens with three or four tiers of brood cells. In some areas, squatters like Ichneumon wasps or cockroaches can also hang out in them.

Circle of Life

From July to September, the reigning queen lays fertilized eggs that develop into future queens and unfertilized eggs that become male drones. In the fall, these mature and fly off to mate with royalty from other colonies. The rest of the colony soon dies off, including the original queen. The nest decomposes, over the winter, if birds haven't already torn it apart in search of grubs. In more tropical areas, the nests may get reused.

If you have any wasp encounters to share, add them in the comments.


Wasps employ facial recognition to defend nests

To prevent their hives from being attacked by invaders, wasps must quickly distinguish friend from foe. They typically do this by sniffing out foreigners, as outsiders tend to have a different scent than the home colony. Now researchers have discovered that, like a few other wasp species, a tiny social wasp (Liostenogaster flavolineata) from Malaysia employs an additional security measure: facial recognition. The wasps’ nests are typically found in large aggregations with as many as 150 built close together, and each colony faces persistent landing attempts by outsiders from these other nests. To find out why and how these wasps employ both vision and scent to determine if an incoming wasp is a comrade, scientists carried out a series of experiments on 50 colonies (see photo above) in the wild. Close to the nests, the researchers dangled lures made of captured and killed wasps. The lures had been given different treatments. For instance, some lures made from nest mates were coated with a foe’s scent, whereas outsiders were painted with the colony’s odor. The wasps, it turns out, pay more attention to facial markings than to scent when faced with a possible intruder, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Indeed, in tests where the wasps could assess both an intruder’s face and scent, they relied solely on facial recognition and immediately attacked those whose faces they didn’t know, ignoring their odor. That’s the safest strategy, the scientists note, because the wasps can recognize another’s face at a distance, but need to actually touch another wasp to detect her scent—not a bad ploy for a tiny-brained insect.


How do you make a fake wasp nest?

Click to read more on it. Also asked, do fake wasp nests work?

Fake wasp nests do not work very well. While they might discourage some types of wasps to stay away from the home, many wasps nest in the ground or will nest right near an unused nest.

Furthermore, do fake wasp nests deter bees? When a scout wasp searches for a place to make a colony, they usually avoid building their nest in the near vicinity of an existing hornet's nest. Therefore, the fake hornet's nest acts as a natural, visual deterrent, leaving you with a WASP FREE zone.

Similarly one may ask, how do you make a fake wasp nest with a paper bag?

1 &ndash Take the brown paper bag and stuff it with some newspapers or more paper bags. Take the brown paper bag and stuff it with some newspapers or more paper bags. 4 &ndash Hang it in an area that you wish to keep wasp-free and you're done!

There are some smells that wasps reputedly do not like, including eucalyptus, mint and wormwood. So try dabbing some eucalyptus oil around the table, and place a mint plant in the middle of it rather than a jug of flowers.


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Insect repellents do not deter wasps or hornets, and insecticides can be dangerous, especially around areas where you live or eat. Try a wasp trap (and here), baited with their favorite foods (e.g. sweet-smelling fruit or sugar water). The trap will not eliminate all wasps, but reduces the chance of getting stung.

Be sure not to hang it too close to your living space, since the bait attracts them, and be careful disposing of them.

I am a fan of fake wasp nest deterrents like this one:

Wasps are territorial and avoid areas with an unfamiliar nest. These deterrents seem to work well for wasps and yellow jackets and are even somewhat decorative.


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