Published on February 18th, 20130
How to Fight Wasps – The Real Kind
We have all experienced them during the summer: Hordes of wasps attacking you when trying to enjoy a glass of fresh lemonade in your backyard. And we are not talking about the sociological phenomenon of White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, but the black and yellow flying insects. This annoying creature is a nuisance to social scientists all around the world, wracking havoc from their nests along riverbanks, underneath floors, or attached to the side of walls and trees.
We in Popular Social Science want our readers to be well prepared before this summer, and provide you with some tips on how to defeat those little devils. They are not to be confused with the WASPs of sociology. WASP is short for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, and is used to describe the group of high-status Americans of Protestant ancestry. WASPs differ from Yankees, in that they also include high-status white Southerners. These people attended the Ivy League Universities and presented their daughters of College-age at a debutante Ball. The term was popularized in 1964 by the sociologist and University of Pennsylvania professor E. Digby Baltzell.
Of course, this piece is not about how to fight White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, as they already have entered a period of fading dominance following the end of World War II. In the 21st century there are roughly equal proportions of Protestants, Jews, and Catholics represented at the elite levels of the federal civil service.
The Rockefeller family is perhaps the most well-known stereotypes of this type of WASPs. They had so much influence that their Standard Oil Company eventually was hit with a US Supreme Court verdict of having an “unreasonable monopoly,” and had to break up into 34 independent companies.
The real wasps, and how to fight them
The most known wasp to most our readers is the Aculeate, belonging the order Hymenoptera in the class Insecta. It is denoted as parasitic as it benefits at the expense of other, which is called a host.
A preventive action you could do is to fill in cracks and holes in your home so that the queen cannot enter and start building a nest. If you should be so unfortunate to discover a nest, you should destroy it while it still is relatively small. One easy way of doing it is to hang a bucket filled with white spirit below it. As the wasps enter and exit the nest, they will become dizzy and fall into the bucket.
If you decide to get rid of the wasp nest yourself it is advisable to do this in the evening hours. The reason is twofold; they are both sleepy and they have poor night vision. You can also use wasp spray on the nest, and then check the next day for any wasps hanging around the nest. If there aren’t any, knock it down.
If the nest has grown large you need to call a pest control company, as it could be dangerous for you to try to deal with them alone.
A good way to deal with those wasps you encounter outside is to mix water with dish washing soap, and fill your super soaker or your regular squirt gun with this mixture. This will paralyze and even kill the wasps. It can be employed on individual wasps outside or even on a wasps’ nest.
*Cover photo by Sid Mosdell, Rockefeller photo by Alan Wu, super soaker photo by Joe Loong