I can’t believe I am admitting this, but up until a few weeks ago I had never actually seen a wasp’s nest.
I have always heard people say ‘oh I think I have a wasp’s nest in my garden’ or ‘there are so many wasps here there must be a nest somewhere’ but I didn’t really give it that much thought!
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in my garden with my daughter and she asked me if that was a wasp’s nest behind me. I turned and looked at where she was pointing, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
I thought someone had bought us a wooden chime and stuck it in the garden. It was honesty the most perfect and beautifully crafted thing imaginable!
We googled it to death to get all the answers about what we do, how to get it removed etc. Looking at all our options we decided to leave it be, and let nature takes its course.
As we are in France on and off for the next few weeks and summer will slowly be drawing to a close, (can’t believe I am saying that) during this time what we discovered is the wasp colony will produce new males and queens, and these will fly away from the nest.
Then they mate and the queens will find somewhere else to hibernate. When temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit the temperature will kill the colony.
But it is important to know that although most of us think of wasps as pesky annoying insects they do actually do so much good.
They play a vital role in protecting gardens and farm crops by controlling pest populations, and they are increasingly recognised as valuable pollinators, transferring pollen as they visit flowers to drink nectar.
So, what happens if you get a sting from a wasp? Apart from the fact that it hurts, a lot, there are some natural home remedies that can be a massive help.
Baking soda has a multitude of uses — from baking bread to clearing drains. Otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda may also provide relief from insect bites and stings. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to create a paste. Apply it to the area and let it sit for ten minutes before washing it away.
The fragrant basil plant contains a chemical compound called eugenol, which could relieve itchy and painful inflamed skin. Chop some fresh basil leaves up until very fine and rub them on to your skin.
Apple cider vinegar can help reduce stinging and burning sensations. Simply dab straight onto the sting area to feel relief. It can also act as a natural disinfectant if you’ve been scratching too much and the area is red and inflamed.
Onions – Not only can they bring tears to your eyes, they can bring relief to your sting. The onion’s juices, which leak out from the freshly cut bulb, can reduce the sting and irritation. Onions also have a natural antifungal property that can reduce your risk for an infection. Simply cut a slice from an onion and apply it directly to the bite for several minutes. Rinse and wash the area well after you remove the onion.
Lemon balm contains tannin and polyphenols which act as a natural astringent. Together, these natural compounds ease inflammation, speed up healing, and reduce the risk of an infection.
For any help with natural remedies and/or health issues please visit: denisekelly.co.uk to see all the things we do to get your body and health into peak condition, so you can live your best life, always!