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The ginger root is a true all-rounder: Whether for refining dishes or as a home remedy for a wide variety of ailments - the popular tuber has it all. But can ginger also drive away wasps and if so, how? We clarify!
Ginger against wasps
Ginger roots not only impress with their taste, they are also extremely healthy. This is mainly due to the fact that the tubers are anti-inflammatory and at the same time stimulate the immune system. Homemade ginger tea can help with colds in particular and promote the healing process. Hobby gardeners can also take advantage of the smell of ginger, which is said to help drive away wasps. Because the insects don't seem to like the smell and accordingly avoid the "area" around it. The best way to drive away the troublemakers with ginger roots is as follows:
- Cut fresh ginger root
- Place ginger slices in a bowl
- Lay out the bowl on the terrace or balcony
Another control option would be to kill the wasps with a wasp trap. For example, you can use a jam jar, which you fill halfway with water. Then an attractant, such as ginger syrup, and a few drops of dishwashing liquid are added. The insects are thereby attracted and sometimes also "fighted", but this method has two disadvantages: On the one hand, only older and weaker animals will most likely fall into the trap. On the other hand, around 98 percent of all wasp species are protected and must therefore not be killed. The insects can be annoying, but the troublemakers are extremely valuable for the ecosystem:
- help with pollination
- pollinate even when it rains
- hunt other insects
- natural enemy of mosquitoes, aphids and spiders
A better alternative for using ginger against wasps is in a live trap. To do this, put the ginger syrup on kitchen paper and place it in the trap instead of the liquid.
notice: Since wasps like to hunt aphids, you should always check plants for an infestation!
Alternative home remedies
First and foremost, odors attract the beneficial insects, with sweet foods being particularly tempting for them. Of course, you can take advantage of this during a leisurely meal outdoors and place a bowl of sweet fruit a little further away from the table. Alternatively, there is the possibility of keeping the insects away with other smells. The smells of the following plants have proven particularly effective for this purpose:
- lemon balm
notice: Fallen fruit and rotting fruit also attract insects, which is why they should always be disposed of immediately.