Photos Of Wasps Building Rainbow Colored Nests Are Going Viral. Here’s The Story Behind It

Updated November 30, 2016

Nature is a very curious inventor. While it may be difficult to understand from our perspective, it really does seem that everything has a purpose. Everything that is except for bugs. Especially wasps.

Ever the bain of backyard cookouts and garage rummaging, wasps can quickly turn a fun afternoon into searing, blistering pain. But we just found out something wonderful that wasps can do, if we just give them the chance. Check out this neat trick.

Mattia Menchetti, a biologist at the university of Florence has given a colony of wasps little strips of different colors of construction paper, and the results are, quite simply, amazing.

Turns out that the wasps used the colored paper to make rainbow nests. While just as dangerous as ever, the nest was simply exquisite to behold.

This got us thinking about all the ways bugs ruin our summer, and the things we can do to keep the little killjoys in check.

One of the best uses for borax is as a bug killer. Take a piece of wax paper and make a mixture of borax and sugar. Then you slide the wax paper under a fridge, into a cupboard, or basically anywhere you want to stop bugs. They will eat the mixture and die. And if you have ant problems, you can just lightly sprinkle some around windows and doors where they are coming in and they will go away.

If you have a wasp problem every summer, there is a solution so simple, you will not believe it. All you need is a paper bag, some crumpled newspaper, and a tiny bit of tape. Simply take a paper shopping bag and fill it with some crumpled newspaper. Once you have done that, squeeze the top and tape it shut. Then loosely shape it into a form that resembles a wasp nest and place it in an area where you do not want wasps. No poisons, no costs, no hassle, and it all can be composted at the end of its lifecycle.

How it works is simple. Wasps are extremely territorial insects, and when they move into an area to establish a new colony, if they see one is already there, they move on.

The neem tree produced an oil that can be very beneficial to your garden. Neem oil prevents the further spread of insects, and the potential infestation by future insects, in your garden with just a few drops. Simply follow these steps once a week to keep your garden insect free without the use of pesticide. Mix one teaspoon of neem oil with one to two drops of any detergent and add the mixture into a container of water. Shake well and let sit for seven to eight hours. Then drench your soil with the mixture.

Good Old Fashioned Soap And Water. It’s simple but it works. This age old trick helps get rid of ants the all natural way. Just add two tablespoons of dish soap to one gallon of water, fill a spray bottle with the mixture, and give your plants a light bath. Within days you’ll notice dead ants around your garden, but not on your plants. And it can sometimes help keep new ants from climbing up those stalks.

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