Are you wondering how to remove a wasp nest? It actually depends on whether you plan to try to take care of the pest problem yourself or with the help of a professional. It is a good idea to be aware that it is highly recommended that anything other than an easy to reach, standard paper wasp nest should be removed by a trained and well prepared professional. Safety for yourself and your family should, of course, be the number one priority. Don’t risk the possibility of being injured when you can get someone to take care of it for you.
Knowing How to Remove a Wasp Nest
First, you should determine the type of nest you are trying to remove. Paper wasp nests are generally fairly out in the open, usually under awnings, roofs, hand or guard rails, and beams. If the nest is too high, you should consider calling in professional assistance for help with removing the wasp nest.
Detect and confirm the wasps are coming from this type of nest. A hornet nest is usually attached to trees, hedges or to areas of building it is too difficult to reach without proper equipment. Yellow jackets are the most dangerous of the wasps, common to the States. These nests are often located underground or within the walls of a building. For these two reasons, it is not advised you attempt to remove a hornet nest yourself.
Final Steps of the Process
If you are confident you can learn how to remove a wasp nest yourself, find an adult to assist you and make sure you both are covered in protective clothing. You should be protected head to toe, including eyewear. Also, clip or band cuffs or openings closed to prevent anything getting inside your clothing. Performing this activity at night when the wasps are in the nest and sluggish is highly advised. Get your assistant to hold the light for you, but from a safe distance.
Use a paper or cloth bag and slide it up over the nest. Quickly, remove the nest from the hanging location, but from the top, thus ensuring that you are not touching possible wasps on the side. Then tie the bag closed. Contrary to popular belief, part of how to remove a wasp nest should not include burning it. This can be dangerous as it aggravates the insects and could lead to multiple stings in the process. Keep in mind, a single wasp can sting you repeatedly. Instead, place the bag in water for several days until all the pests are dead.
There are products you can use to help alleviate and eliminate the wasps around your home. Some of these can even be used for ground nests, though it is still highly suggested you use professionals to deal with this and other complicated wasp nest removal procedures.
- Sprays and Foams – One method is to use a spray and you should still make sure to be fully covered and attempt the work in the evening. After using a spray, wait a minimum of 24 hours before removing the nest. If you see activity during this time, you may want to spray again before moving forward with the removal. Some popular, and well reviewed, aerosols on the market today include Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer 33, PT Wasp Freeze and Victor Poison Free Wasp and Hornet Killer. Foams are another option, and Ortho makes a great one. Look for the Ortho Pro Select Hornet and Wasp Killer. You may want to consider organic products, if chemicals are a concern to you.
- Wasps Traps – There are also wasp traps you can find at home and hardware stores. Check for ones like the Springstar Glass Wasp Trap or Springstar Oak Stump Farms Yellow Jacket and Wasp Trap. The latter one mentioned is, in fact, a trap that uses meat and juices to attract wasps as opposed to using chemicals and poisons.
- Professionals - Finally, don’t overlook the option of hiring the professionals to come out and take care of your pest removal problems. There are several reputable companies that have the training in place to do this for you, Including well known companies such as Ortho and Terminix, just to name a few. Do a little research and ask people you know and trust. Find out what national or local pest control is the best option for your wasp concerns.
Follow these steps on how to remove a wasp nest and you’ll be on your way to safely ridding your home of these pests.