How To Deter Drunken Wasps In Late Summer

The summertime is the peak wasp season in the UK

Homeowners are no strangers to how aggressive wasps behave during this time of year.

But what is it that makes wasps appear drunk? And more importantly, how can you protect yourself?

How Wasps Get Drunk

During summertime, there is plenty of food for wasps—flies, caterpillars, and your leftover picnic.

As their food supply dwindles towards autumn, wasps have little choice but to feed off rotten fruit like apples. As apples fall off trees, they begin turning to cider, supplying enough alcohol to make wasps drunk.

Furthermore, research shows a decrease in the number of insects found throughout the UK. This is due to changes in the landscape where family farms are fewer in number, meaning fewer hedgerows and open pastures (making room for more significant agricultural projects). Therefore, wasps have fewer food options and need to search elsewhere for food.

How To Protect You And Your Family

Always be vigilant, and if you see more wasps than usual, it’s a sign that there’s a wasps nest nearby.

Practical solutions to deter wasps include spraying peppermint oil (diluted with water) around your home, garden, and clothing. In addition, place fly screens on windows and doors to prevent wasps from flying into your home.

When outdoors, avoid wearing bright colours and perfume, even though it’s the ideal time of year for such attire. Ensure bin bags are sealed, and bins are lids firmly closed. Clean up spillages quickly and cover up food if not being eaten.

However, if you’re concerned there are more wasps than usual, contact us for expert advice, and if necessary, a pest control expert will eradicate the problem.