Wasp Nest Removal – How To Do It Safely

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By: Moriah Arn

Wasp nest removal can be very dangerous. When a nest is found in your home, shed, garage or any other part of your property, you need to know how to remove it safely. With these quick steps and interesting tips you can learn how to remove a wasp nest in the fastest most safe way possible.

What is in a wasp nest?

Wasps are more slender at the rear and are usually shinier. Bees, on the other hand are more robust, have thicker legs, and have more hair. Their nests look a little different too. A wasp’s nest is more circular, and a bee’s nest is made out of wax hexagons. Wasps prefer to keep their nests hidden and bees usually reside in man-made boxes or old logs. Wasp nests are made out of wood and plant fibers that have been gnawed and made into a paper like substance. This is then further made into elaborate, six-sided nest where wasps lay their eggs and keep their young.

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Wasps and bees, although often miss identified, are very different in their behaviors. Bees are more easy going and calm, to where wasps are more hostile and aggressive. Wasps are more dangerous than bees because they can sting you more than once. Also wasps can still be dangerous when they’re dead. If you step on a dead wasp’s stinger with bare feet it’s venom can still be injected into your skin. A bee is only able to sting once and when it does sting, the stinger is left in the wound. This is traumatic for the bee and usually causes the bee’s death.

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Common Species of Wasps

The most common type of wasps that live in the Midwest are paper wasps. They usually reside in aerial nests. An aerial nest is a nest that is above ground, opposed to a ground nest, which is in the ground and under the ground. Paper wasps are extremely territorial and feel threatened easily. This causes them to be hostile and because of this they began to sting whatever caused them to be angry. Mud dauber wasps are also common. These wasps have unique cylinder nests that are very different from other wasp’s nests. Mud dauber wasps are some of the least aggressive species of wasps. They will hardly ever sting and their nest is very sturdy.

Wasp Nest Removal Steps

Wasp nest removal the wrong way:

First you never want to set fire to, or knock down the nest. Either of these ways will just further anger the wasps and will make the situation more dangerous for you. If you were to knock down or burn the nest all the little wasp residences would furiously spill out and want to attack whatever caused havoc.

What kind of clothes should I wear during the wasp nest removal?

**NOTE if you know you are allergic to wasps do not remove the nest yourself.

You should be fully clothed no matter what season it is. A sweatshirt, long pants, a hat, closed shoes, and safety glasses would be suffice. Never wear any perfume or cologne because it excites and attracts wasps. It is best to do these procedures at night when the wasps are less active (safety precaution).

Wasp Nest Removal, The safe way:

This way works for ground nests or aerial nests.

To make this treatment effective you will need a can of pesticide, protective clothing, latex gloves, a plastic bag and in some cases a ladder.

**NOTE if you know you are allergic to wasps do not remove the nest yourself.

1.     First, Buy a can of wasp pesticide from a grocery store. You can get Spray can pesticides from almost any grocery store.

2.     Make sure you read and heed the directions before continuing this process.

3.     Put the appropriate and safe clothing on so you will not be at risk of stings. Also, make sure you are not wearing any sweet scented cologne, because wasps are attracted to the cloying scent of hand soap and perfume.

4.     Next, do this activity at night because the wasps are not as active and most of them are in the nest sleeping.

5.     Before spraying the site be sure that everyone (pets, children, people) is out of the way.

6.     Do not stand directly under or over the wasp’s nest but stand next to it about an arms length away. (Use a ladder in case of a high aerial nest)

7.     Then, generously spray in and over the nest. Quickly get out of the way and do not return to the wasp nest site for at least 12 hours. During this period the wasps will die off or leave.

8.     After you feel it is safe to go and permanently remove the nest put on your protective gear again.

9.  Go to the nest site. Observe it for a few minutes. Make sure there is no movement or activity in the wasp nest.

10.  Put on latex gloves reach up and pull of the nest. Place the dead nest in a plastic Ziploc bag.

11.  Finally, throw the plastic bag and all its contents away in an outdoor garbage can.

Another safe way to remove a nest is to remove it naturally:

Wasp NestThe most environmentally friendly wasp nest removal is with natural repellents and pesticides. One way is to drown the nest (only if it is an aerial nest.) To use this way of extermination you will need a disposable cloth bag and a bucket of war- hot water.

1.    First, take a disposable cloth bag and place it over the wasp nest

2.     Close off the nest by tying the handles in a knot

3.     Then submerge the bag in a bucket of water.

4.     Leave it soaking for at least 15 minutes. This will definitely kill all the wasps.

5.     Finally, Throw the cloth bag and wasp nest away.

You could also use hot soapy water to kill them off. For this treatment you need a hose-end sprayer, hot water, and soap.

1.     First, fill the sprayer with hot water and soap

2.     Then, put on the safety clothes and spray the wasp nest.

3.     They should die before you even get the chance to chase them.

Paying someone to help remove your wasp nest:

If you are too scared which, you should not be, or too lazy to follow the steps above then there is an alternative. You can call a pest remover and they will professionally remove the wasp nest. This is said to be the most thorough way of extermination. Although this way costs more money it may be worth it in some cases.

How to prevent the return of wasps:

            Wasps are very much attracted to garbage, so be sure to tightly seal garbage cans and bags. They love food so building a nest near open garbage is beneficial; this is why all containers of rotten food and trash should be tightly closed. Another good tip is if you cut up fruit and are about to throw out the rinds, put the leftovers in a plastic grocery bag tie it up then throw it away. This will make it less likely that any wasp will pick up the sweet, fruity scent. Wasps also like dirt so keeping your house clean and cared for will lower the risks of having a nest in the first place.

Another way to hinder the wasp community from settling near your house or on your property is to put up fake nests. Since wasps are territorial they will not want to build next to another nest. Although this is not guaranteed to work all the time it has been proved to help.

What if you do get stung?

During a wasp nest removal the wasps may feel violated.  In the stinger is venom that causes pain upon entering the body. Wounds made by wasp stings can hurt for a while and may not heal till a couple days after the initial sting. The body reacts by trying to sluice the poison out of the body, which may cause swelling. But do not scratch the wound. If you are stung on the leg or foot elevate. This helps the swelling to go down.

To treat a sting first wash the wound as soon as possible. For a quick fix put an ice bag or cool rag on the wound to numb the affected area. To help the healing process of the sting, go to your local pharmacy and buy an over the counter drug to ensure the wounds healing. You can buy over the counter sting treatment almost anywhere. Unless you are extremely allergic to wasp stings you will not need anything really special. If you are in a lot of pain you should take ibuprofen. If your wound itches put on anti-itch crème. An effective home remedy is when you mix baking soda with water; this reduces swelling and relieves the stinging sensation. If the wound continues to hurt and your condition worsens you may be allergic to the wasp’s sting, which is also known as anaphylaxis. If this occurs quickly seek a physician who can help you further. To protect yourself from future stings always wear shoes when you walk outside incase you step on a wasp so you are not stung.