The City of Regina’s pest control expert says we can expect many more wasps in Regina this year compared to last.
Russell Eirich is the Manager of Forestry, Horticulture and Pest Control.
He says last year, crews treated 28 wasp nests on city property. However, just in the first week of this year, they have treated 10 nests already.
Eirich says there is the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to wasps.
“The good is, wasps are predatory insects,” Eirich said during a media scrum Tuesday. “They like to eat and prey on insects that affect your gardens. So, like the caterpillars that are maybe bad for your garden plants. The bad is, they are super-aggressive,” Eirich added. “And again, I think we’ve all been in our backyard when we’re trying to have that bar-b-que. And you’ve got the wasps buzzing around. And the ugly is a wasp is a smooth body insect,” Eirich explained. “It’s got wings that can fold. It’s a lot more aggressive. It can sting multiple times, where as a bee can’t.”
Eirich recommends people who want to get rid of wasps on their own choose the coolest part of the day to do so, while wearing long sleeves.
He suggests making a wasp trap which easily can be baited with sugary-type liquid. Eirich says once the wasps are trapped, he suggests to submerge the trap in water to drown the insects.
Eirich says setting out these wasp traps may just do the trick this wasp season.