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Top Summer Tips For A Wasp Free Picnic

Summer is the perfect time for having a picnic. It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t spent the day in a park along with their picnic hamper now the Covid restrictions have been reduced. But while this is a wonderful activity, it can often turn sour during the UK wasp season. This usually happens when wasps invade your picnic. But how do you prevent this and enjoy a wasp free picnic?

Choosing the best place to enjoy a picnic

In general, wasps are not something people have to worry about excessively. Most of us go through life blissfully unaware of wasps the majority of the time. In fact, unless you’ve been stung by a wasp, you won’t even know what an unpleasant experience it is. But you will probably know how irritating they are at a picnic.

wasp free picnic

But how do you achieve a wasp free picnic? The most obvious way to do this is to avoid eating near a wasps nests. Although, you likely won’t know you’re near one until you’ve loving set your picnic out. One way to do this is to avoid eating beneath a tree. This is the most common place where wasps built nests. Of course, if the setting for your picnic is your own back garden, you should call for wasp control services to help as soon as possible.

Some species of wasps also build their nests in the ground. This means you should walk around the general area where you’re planning to picnic. Look for humps on the ground which could indicate the presence of a nest. Something else you can do is picnic in a public park instead of out in nature. Doing this should greatly improve your chances of enjoying a wasp free picnic.

Suggestions for having a wasp free picnic

You also need to keep food covered when you are not eating it. Never leave food lying open. Either cover it with something, or keep it in sealed containers in your picnic basket. When it comes to food choices, you’ll want to avoid things that wasps like to eat, such as sweet, sticky food and drinks – especially cakes. Wasps are known for their love of sweat foods, so skip these as much as possible. Stick to savoury foods and you should avoid a much more wasp free picnic.

food safe from wasps

Another useful tip that many people don’t know, is to avoid bright colours. Everything from your clothing to napkins should be in muted colours. If you want to have something bright, then choose red. Wasps are not attracted by this colour because they cannot see it.

You’ll also want to avoid things with flowers on then, as wasps are often attracted to depictions of flowers. Along with this, you should skip perfume and floral scented deodorant when you’re out, as these also attract wasps. The final tip is to quickly pack away used plates and cutlery as soon as possible. Leaving dirty plates out may draw wasps to your gathering.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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