Wasps are common visitors in sheds in Toronto, especially during the late part of the year when the queen is getting ready to hibernate. During winter, queens find sheds to be irresistible for hibernation, making them the perfect spot for a nest in spring.
The most common type of wasps that build their nests in sheds is the Vespula Germanica. They are known for building huge nests in sheds that are a potential sting threat to anyone close by. Wasps love building their nests in sheds for one reason; they are easy to enter. Also, they are less likely to be disturbed in the shed, and the warm and sunlight in the shed offer perfect conditions for brooding.
Are wasps in sheds dangerous?
Most times, a wasp in a shed will start off discreetly since the queen is normally building the nest alone. A wasp nest that is smaller than an apple can be easily exterminated with a can of wasp killer spray. However, three months later into July, your wasp nest will have grown in number and could contain about 3000 wasps. A wasp nest in a shed that has been built close to the door is dangerous. As the colony grows, the wasps will extend their wasp nest to the shed door, when it is opened, you could split or disturb the nest, and they will swarm you. While most of the wasp nests in a shed are built to the ceiling, they often have a habit of building nests inside stored items, making it a great challenge to use your shed.
Get rid of wasp in the shed
The best possible way to get rid of wasps in the shed is prevention. Wasps often buzz in and out of people’s sheds and will often decide to form nests in any opportune spots herein. It’s important to keep away any unwanted food, clear trash and ensure all entry points into your shed are sealed. It’s also important to note that wasps are attracted by sweet smelling fragrances and lotions. Check for broken structures, and repair them, these are usually ideal locations for wasp nests in your shed.
Get rid of wasp in a shed by growing repelling plants
You could grow plants around your shed that are known to keep of wasps. This is a cheap and easy way to keep them from attacking your shed and nesting. Plants such as spearmint, eucalyptus, and wormwood serve as natural wasp deterrents. You can grow them in your garden and around your shed. Apart from just chasing away wasps, they give your shed a facelift.
Wasps stay away from spearmint; they apparently don’t seem to like any type of mint, this is why peppermint oil can be such an effective oil that can be used to keep them away. Apart from growing this plant around your shed and in your property, you could add a few drops of peppermint in a cotton ball and place it in strategic places.
This is perhaps the most preferential and quickest means of getting rid of wasps in a shed. It’s important that you seek the help of a professional before embarking on this task. If you are going to spray pesticide inside your shed, ensure that the area is off children for at least 24 hours. Clean any remains of the wasp including dead wasps and nest and store them in a sealed plastic bag for disposal.
In case all of the above methods fail to work, call in your local wasp removal company and have them help you get rid of a wasp nest in your shed. They have the experience and are in a much better position to help you get rid of wasps in the shed for good.