Imagine driving down the road, enjoying a beautiful summer day when suddenly you hear the distinct buzzing of a stinging insect inside your car. The fear of getting stung while driving can turn any pleasant road trip into a dangerous experience but try not to panic. Pull over as soon as you can safely. Keeping stinging insects out of your car is not only safe for you but others on the road as well. Keep reading to learn how to keep these flying nuisances out of your car!
Why Do I Have Wasps in My Car?Wasps are attracted to cars for a variety of reasons. Understanding why stinging insects are attracted to your car can help prevent them in the future. Some reasons wasps are drawn to your car include:
- Heat: Wasps are cold blooded insects so the warmth radiated from cars on a hot day can turn your car into a wasp spa. Wasps may build nests inside sitting cars due to the captured heat in the interior or engine bay.
- Location: Parking next to things that attract wasps such as flowers and garbage cans or near a wasp nest increases the likelihood of a wasp making its way into your car.
- Sweets: Wasps love sweets. They can smell them from over 20 feet away! Leaving open sweets or drinking in your car will attract wasps to your car.
- Open Windows: Many people will leave their windows cracked on a warm summer day. An open window is a free invitation for a wasp to hop in and take a ride!
- Dead Insects: Most drivers know the bane of dead insects on the grill of their car. In addition to being a pain to remove, these dead insects release a pheromone that will let wasps know where to find their favorite snacks.