Wasps...is there a deterrent?

Southend-On-Sea, England
May 4, 2008 9:15am CST
I have a problem. I live in a fairly rural area of the UK surrounded by woodland, grass and flowers. One of my phobias in life is wasps and I can't seem to stop them flying in my windows in the summer when I have them open. I have tried various things to deter them, but nothing so far has worked. I have made sure that there is no trace of a smell of lavender around, as I know wasps love it and flock to it. I have tried hanging herbs around my window frames - herbs which I've been told they don't like, I've tried vaporising essentials oils that apparently wasps hate, but nothing so far has worked. I'd be grateful if anyone has some foolproof advice. Thanks :-)
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
4 May 08
I'm a beekeeper, and I don't like wasps! When a bee stings, her stinger must be torn away when she leaves, thus killng the bee. A wasp has a smooth stinger which can be withdrawn and used again. I think a wasps sting hurts more than a bee sting. But to answer your question-If you can find the wasps nest, carefully place the nozzle of a wet-vacuum near the entrance, so that it sucks in every wasp that's coming or going. This will soon evacuate the nest, and it can be safely destroyed. Failing that- screen the windows that you like to open. This is what we in Canada have to do, to keep the myriad of insects out of doors.As for foolproof methods? It takes one to Know one!
• Southend-On-Sea, England
4 May 08
Thanks for the info. I agree that wasp stings are much worse than bee stings, also wasps are aggressive and will sting just for the hell of it, whereas I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) bees will only sting when seriously upset. I'll have to try and find out where the wasps' nest is, and invest in a wet vacuum cleaner LOL. Here in the UK we haven't gone down the road of screens for windows yet, but maybe if I have a look around I could find some. Thanks :-)