Wasp Nest Removal: The DOs and DON’Ts

Once the warmer climates set in, they bring with them a variety of pests that like to make themselves at home at your garden, backyard or inside your house. As you can imagine, a good many of these pests can prove to be a nuisance, and not the least among them are the: wasps. They can prove to be a real ‘pest’, for example, during those peaceful afternoon siestas of yours!

Now, once a homeowner locates a wasp nest within his property, he will often try to remove the wasp nest all on his own. However, please take note that trying to get rid of wasp nests the DIY fashion may often spell trouble for you. We therefore strongly recommend that you seek the help of a wasp expert or a professional wasp nest removal service to get the job done for you.

If you are living on the West Coast, you may consider hiring the services of Western Exterminator. We are pest control specialists and service a wide range of locations on the West Coast including Irvine, Newport Beach, Seattle, Las Vegas, Thousand Oaks, Santa Fe Springs, and other locations. Our pest experts have good knowledge of local climates and of the different species of pests native to these regions. They will be able to respond quickly and effectively to your requirements.

Now, when it comes to removing wasp nests, one thing you must always keep in mind that extreme cautions need to be observed when getting the job done. For this reason, here’s a guideline on the DOs and DON’Ts concerning wasp nest removal.

How NOT to perform wasp removal

If you research online, you may find a variety of sources providing suggestions and tactics on how to remove a wasp nest the DIY way. However, bear in mind that there are different species of wasps with different behaviors. For example, while all wasps are aggressive in nature and will require little provocation on your part to attack, some particular species are really notorious on this regard. These include, for example, the hornets and yellow jackets (these are the ones that build those wasp nests with a single opening, in contrast to most wasp nests that resemble the look of the beehives) that are ultra-aggressive and you would be better off keeping them at arm’s length!

The bottom line: DIY wasp nest removal is not recommended at all, unless you possess some expert knowledge on the subject and are pretty confident that you can pull of the job without any harm done.

Below are some of the common mistakes DIY-ers perform in their bid to remove or destroy a wasp nest.

Burning a wasp nest

Something you should never try. Wasps use a thin papery and almost diaphanous substance to build their nests. This is basically pulp produced from chewing wood and as such, the material is highly flammable. So, by burning a wasp nest, you actually put yourself and your property into serious risk. Moreover, burning a nest cannot kill all the wasps and those that escape will become extremely violent and can seriously hurt you and any other bystanders.

Using Water

Neither is flooding a wasp hive with water is an effective method. For one thing, water can cause damage to your ceiling plaster boards, attic beams and so on. More importantly, you cannot drive away all the wasps by simply splashing them with water. And those which will hang around will turn vicious and may try to avenge themselves by inflicting a good number of painful stings on your person!

Destroying a wasp nest

Some people also try to go heavy-handed to get rid of the wasps and will try to destroy the nest with some heavy object such as a tennis racket, baseball bat, and the like. This is arguably the most dangerous of all the WRONG methods of removing a wasp nest. Since this method requires you to stand in close proximity to the hive, you expose yourself to multiple attacks from a number of wasps. In worst cases, it can even prove fatal, especially people allergic to wasp stings run high risks of going into an anaphylactic shock.

Removing wasps the RIGHT way

Of course, the best option for removing a wasp nest in a safe, secure and efficient manner is to hire the services of a wasp pest control professional. Here’s why:

Expert Knowledge: Professionals working for pest control services are familiar with wasp instincts and behaviors.

Safety Equipment: Pest exterminators use proper RPE (respiratory protective equipment) and PPE (personal protective equipment) that ensure their safety from wasp stings and other potential hazards.

Ability to work in small spaces: This is important since it is more difficult to remove wasp nests from attic, garage or other small spaces in your home than from garden or backyards.

Professional products: Pest control professionals have access to a range of effective pest control products and possess the knowhow to use them in a safe manner. These are professional-grade products and are much more effective compared to DIY products you will see advertised on many websites.

DIY wasp nest removal

However, if you’re still firmly bent on doing the task all on your own, we strongly advise you to observe the following precautions:

  • Devise a carefully thought out plan that includes an emergency exit strategy.
  • Arm yourself with whatever protective clothing you can find at hand.
  • Perform the task during night time as wasps, for the most part, stay docile during night and this lessens the risk of getting stung. Also, make sure not to use lanterns or flashlights as these will wake and alert the wasps.
  • Keep your pets and little ones at a safe distance.

How to remove a wasp nest

Equip yourself with a large garbage bag and approach the nest quietly and slowly and then use the bag to cover the wasp nest. Now, carefully detach the nest from the wall, ceiling or tree branch and immediately seal the bag. This done, dispose the bag in an outside garbage can and check if the lid on the can is fitted tightly enough. You may also want to use a pest control product before removing the nest. In such cases, spray the entire content of the can on the nest.

All this said, we again warn you that if the nest is located at a hard to reach area, such as high up on a tree or at high and awkward angles of your ceilings, do NOT try to remove it yourself. Such efforts can often lead to serious injuries. Also, people allergic to wasp stings must NEVER attempt a DIY removal.

How to prevent wasp nests

Finally, if you are worried about wasps, you can take the following preventive wasp control measures to minimize the risk of wasp invasion in your property:

  • Installing fly screens on doors and windows will deprive the wasps entry to your home.
  • Perform regular maintenance on your property to see to it that all cracks, leakage and other possible entry points are well sealed off. This will also go a long way to keep other pests and critters away from your home.
  • Use wasp traps and place them at different sites around your garden and backyard. You can purchase these products from your local DIY store or can fashion one yourself using some empty bottle or discarded bird feeder and by filling it with sugary water.