What’s the best way to get wasps to go away? © Getty Images

What’s the best way to get wasps to go away?

Tell those little black and yellow picnic menaces to buzz off and enjoy a sarnie outside in peace with a few handy tips.

Wasps are attracted to white, bright blue and yellow, but can’t see red, so plan your wardrobe accordingly.

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Their vision is also optimised to look for the sudden, sharp movements of insects, so wildly flailing as you try to swat a wasp will just make it more determined.

Killing a wasp also releases pheromones that will attract other wasps nearby. Instead, calmly trap the wasp under a glass, so it can’t return to the nest and tell the others where to find your food.

A 2012 study tested the wasp-repelling properties of different essential oils and found that a mix of clove, geranium and lemongrass oil was the most effective, so try a dab behind each ear.

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