Having a wasp nest in the vicinity is something no one is comfortable with, and removing it is even more daunting.
Whether you have young ones running about outside, or people who are allergic to stings, a wasp nest is a constant source of anxiety. Of course, an extermination team is always an option. However, there are times where you have no choice but to take the matter, or rather a wasp nest, into your own hands.
But having a safe and complete DIY wasp nest removal can be tricky- after all, you don’t want to get stung. The good news is that there are various methods that can help you achieve the same, and we will walk you through some of them in the following sections.
So, let’s start!
How To Get Rid Of A Wasp Nest?
Before doing anything to the hive itself, it is a good idea to gather information about the wasps and their nest and any potential allergies.
Determine if you are allergic to any type of wasp sting before approaching the nest. A sting can be painful, not to mention fatal for some. So, finding out the type of wasp you are dealing with can help you plan out how to get rid of the nest safely.
Other factors such as the type of wasps that inhabit the nest and how far the nest is from your residence should be determined. There are particular breeds of wasps that are peaceful and actually contribute to pollination, much like bees. Hence, it may not be worth removing or relocating the nest if it’s located far enough away from populated areas.
2. Using Pesticide Spray
One simple method to completely remove a wasp nest is spraying pesticides, which are specially formulated to kill wasps. They come in an aerosol can with an extended nozzle for easy spraying from a distance.
Wearing protective clothing, position the nozzle in the lower opening of the nest and spray the pesticide for 10 to 15 seconds. This duration can be higher or lower depending on the manufacturer’s instructions, so make sure to read them thoroughly beforehand.
Once done, vacate the area immediately and wait for the next day. Repeat this process until you see a decrease in wasp activity around the nest. And when there are only a few stray wasps left, it will be safe to break the nest with a long pole or stick.
Ensure that the nest is completely destroyed and the pesticide is sprayed on the broken pieces of the nest. Additionally, both the dead wasps and the pieces should be disposed of right away.
3. Using Dish Soap
If using pesticide isn’t your cup of tea, then a simple soap and water solution can help get rid of the wasps. This soapy solution coats their wings and eventually drowns the wasps.
To apply this method, mix about 1/4th of a cup of dish soap with a litre of warm water. Use a hose to spray this solution into the entrance of the nest or pour it directly if the nest is on the ground.
While this method is effective, it may require multiple passes of the solution before all the wasps are killed. As the water needs to reach every wasp individually, it can take some time before they are dead.
4. Using Smoke
Another alternative to using pesticides is by placing a small fire beneath the nest. This method is also helpful for nests that are elevated or out of reach.
As the smoke from the fire rises up into the entrance of the wasp nests, the wasps will be forced to evacuate. The nest should be vacant after a few hours, but keep an eye on any wasp activity in or around the nest.
Once you have determined that the nest is empty, it is safe to approach it and knock it down. But make sure there are no flammable materials nearby before using this method. We’d also suggest keeping a spray bottle full of soap water handy, in case any surviving wasps return.
5. Using Water
For those who are feeling daring, it is possible to drown the wasps faster than the soap water solution method. This method is especially beneficial for targeting hanging nests in areas that cannot have a fire underneath them. To accomplish this method, you will need a bucket of water and a large cloth bag that has no holes in it.
Make sure you have your protective clothing on before approaching the nest. With the cloth bag fully open, pull the nest off the branch and into the bag. Secure the top with a string before any wasps escape and dump the bag in the bucket.
After the bag with the nest is pushed into the water, the wasps will begin to drown. A heavy object can be placed on top of the bag to make sure that the nest stays submerged. It is a good idea to let it soak overnight to ensure the entire nest is drowned.
Keeping Wasps From Returning
There are a few things you can do to make sure wasps don’t return to their residence or around your home. Removing one nest is already a hassle, and you don’t want to have to go through the whole process again. So, follow a few of the below-mentioned methods to keep those wasps from returning.
1. Remove Empty Nests
Wasps are more docile and slower in the colder temperatures during the winter months. This makes it a great time to look for vacant nests, as they will leave their home for the winter. They return in warmer conditions to build on top of their previous nest, so removing it while they’re gone is the safest option to keep them away.
2. Seal Cracks And Garbage Cans
Whether the wasp nest is indoors or outside your home, sealing off areas is a surefire way to keep wasps from settling down. Cracks in vents and along windows and doors are just a few entry points that they can use to get into a warm home.
Additionally, the scent of old garbage and food attracts wasps. Clean out your garbage cans and seal them off so they won’t attract any wasps. Spraying disinfectants on the inside of the garbage can is an effective way to completely remove any food residue and suppress the odour.
3. Hanging Fake Nests
Wasps are incredibly territorial creatures (they don’t like competition), so setting up a fake nest can keep them from forming a colony. Although these nests can be easily bought from gardening and hardware stores, a brown paper bag will also do the job just as well.
Ridding Your Home Of Wasps
We hope we have provided you with enough options to choose from according to your convenience.
But safety should always be the priority, so make sure you are fully protected from stings. This means long and thick sleeves and gloves as well as head coverings.
Keep in mind that we always recommended hiring a professional pest control company to ensure the wasp’s nest is disposed of safely, and to prevent them from returning. We would only suggest removing it by yourself if there is no other option.
Keep in mind that wasps are very territorial, so approach any wasp nest with the utmost caution. As long as you know the type of wasp you’re dealing with, removing the nest shouldn’t be an issue. But don’t shy away from calling professionals if you aren’t feeling very confident.
Stay safe, and until next time!