How to Get Rid of a Wasps Nest

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Wasps (also known as Vespula vulgaris) are a common sight in homes and gardens across the world, with spikes in activity during certain parts of the year. When you hear the familiar buzzing of a wasps nest nearby (or someone reports a few too many wasp sightings), then it’s likely that you can start your search for the nest itself – without panicking, of course.

How to Get Rid of a Wasps Nest

While there’s a lot of fear and false information surrounding wasps, there are easy, practical, and safe ways to get rid of a nest without the potential of any harm coming to you or the wasps.

  • If you suspect that you are allergic to either bees or wasps, seek out an expert to assist with nest removal instead. An accidental sting in case of an allergy could be deadly and will require immediate medical attention.

Here’s how to get rid of a wasps nest safely.

How to Annoy Wasps

Before setting out to identify a wasps nest, it’s pretty important to know a few things about what wasps don’t like. Generally, wasps are relaxed creatures. However, being moved or agitated might irritate them. To clarify, there are a few things they really, really just don’t like.

Strong smells (like perfume or aftershave) and unnecessary vibration (from moving things around or general loud noises) can irritate wasps further. This is a sure way to get closer to being stung. Wasps also don’t like a light. As a result, No. 3 on this list, choosing the correct time to do a wasps nest removal.

1. Identify the Nest

The first step is finding the nest. Wasps like to make nests in cool, dark areas. When hearing wasps, follow the sound – or watch where they go. They are often found in corners and crevices; holes and hiding spots where other bugs and critters are the least likely to disturb them.

Look under things and inside things. Nests can often be found in tree trunks, low-hanging structures, or sometimes even in vehicle interiors or in the roof.

2. Wear Protective Gear

Wasps and bees have a few differences, including this one: While bees can only sting once, wasps have the ability to sting repeatedly – and this is what you have to be careful for when removing them. Step one is wearing protective gear when dealing with the possibility of wasps or bees. Purchase this ahead of time – and don’t pick the cheapest option, choose the reliable type of equipment relied on by professionals.

While this might seem like a heavy expense, this is why most people call a professional removal company. In most cases, it skips the cost of equipment – but if you deal with wasps throughout the year, it might be cheaper to invest in gear for the long haul.

3. Choose the Right Time

One of the most important things about removing a nest is choosing the right time to do it. Never attempt to approach or remove a wasp’s nest during the daytime. The majority of bees don’t like light, and exposure to it is a sure way to have angrier wasps that are more difficult to remove.

Nighttime is the best time to approach a wasp’s nest removal. Ideally, choose a night where there is little to no moonlight.

4. Creating a Secure “Removal Environment”

A secure removal environment is lifesaving for the removal of most things – including bees, wasps, and even snakes. What you’re trying to remove (in this case, wasps) could be a potential danger to the person removing them – but they can also pose a danger to people and animals who are close by.

Before attempting a removal, choose a suitable date and time; after this, warn people who are in the closest vicinity. This includes people who might have pets or small children, and people who might be allergic (even if they don’t realize it). Warn them a couple of days ahead of time, and call a day or so beforehand just to make sure.

5. Making Wasps “Feel Safe”

Before removing wasps, it’s important to make sure they feel “safe”. Professionals have a few tricks to lull wasps into a sense of security before snipping and removing the nest. Commercial options are available, but smoke made from local (safe) firewood and kindling can provide them with the effect required.

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