Getting Rid of Hornets, Wasps Around Your Hot Tub

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Getting Rid of Hornets, Wasps Around Your Hot Tub

Coast Spas Reviews strives to provide an enjoyable
and relaxing environment for our customers. We believe there is no better way
to end a stressful workday then to slip in a warm spa. Nothing is worse than
attempting to relax with wasps and hornets flying around, however.

Here
comes the swarm!

Pests come in different forms. There are crawling,
digging, eating pests. We will focus on the flying and stinging variety today:
wasps and Hornets and other types of flying pests.

The first thing to do is to identify who your
contender is.

Honeybees may be annoying, or even unnerving, but
they are harmless unless provoked.  Same
with the shambling bumblebee. The bumblebee is easily identifiable by its size,
fuzzy back, and low pitch buzz when flying. The honeybee has an orange-brown
abdomen with black stripes.

If you have a blooming garden, you can expect to see
a few flying by, as they are attracted to pollinating flowers. Their hives are
easy to identify, as they are sheets of honeycomb covered in wax. Contact a beekeeper,
and they will be happy to relocate the hive without harming them.

Carpenter bees, on the other hand, can cause
structural damage to your property. They bore holes in wood to create
galleries. Consider them flying termites with stingers. They have a similar
pattern and fuzziness to the bumblebee, but with an attitude. They will fly
right up to your face, which can be unnerving. Though they rarely sting, the
female carpenter bee can pack quite a punch.

Yellowjacket, Baldfaced hornets and wasps are a more
severe problem. Identifying them is quite easy. They all have stripes; however,
their stripes are not a single line. You will find they have “eyes”
doting their stripes on the back of the abdomen, giving them a distinct look.

The baldfaced hornet is a whitish color, making it
very easy to identify. Wasps have the typical yellow coloring, and about the
same length as a bee, but a slender abdomen. Yellowjackets are incessant. They
will hover around your food and drinks and will not leave you alone.

Now that you know who you are dealing with, what can
we do?

The first step is prevention. Adding a barrier
between your spa water and open-air unless in use is a good start. Keeping the
cover on your spa will also help maintain the clarity of your spa.  You can also add a soothing eucalyptus and
mint fragrance. You will love it, but the flying pests hate it. Adding traps
made explicitly for hornets and wasps is a fantastic way to keep strays without
trapping honeybees.

The final blow!

If you are so lucky to identify where the nests are,
have a professional remove it. Hornets and wasps will build their nest high
above the ground: in a tree, hanging from your roof. They look like old paper
mâché. You can remove them yourself, but remember, they sting, and sting, and
sting some more. Yellowjackets build their nests underground, refurbishing old
rodent burrows. A depression in your yard could indicate a nest. Their nests
are a bit more challenging to remove altogether.

Enjoy
your spa.

We hope that with these few tips, you will be able
to enjoy your spa in a safer, less noisy way. We at Coast Spas Reviews wish you
enjoyable, pest-free soaks.