How to Remove a Wasp Nest
Tackling a wasp nest is no easy job. Getting the right protective gear is the first important step. Even for people who aren’t allergic to wasps, protective clothing will prevent unpleasant and painful stings.
Once you are all set, you need a good action plan on how to safely remove a wasp nest in your house, regardless of its location. We’ve provided some essential removal tips and extra information to help you cope with the inconvenience easier.
Depending on the type of wasp nest you’re dealing with different pesticides and methods of pest control must be applied.
How to Get Rid of a Wasp Nest in Australia
If you notice a wasp nest up in the air, most likely you’re dealing with paper wasps or bald-faced hornets. In this case, you really only have one option when it comes to wasp nests in the air – poison.There is a wide range of readily available wasp poisons. The type of insecticide that you’d want to use is labelled as projectile wasp spray. This would ensure a reach of around six metres, allowing you to spray the nest without the use of a ladder. Here is how to do it:
- Aim the spray at the opening of the nest and use as much as possible.
- Once the can is empty leave the nest alone for at least 24 hours.
- Return the next day and check if there is any activity left. If the spray didn’t kill all the wasps, use another one.
Getting rid of a wasp nest that’s high on ceilings or trees is challenging, and we advise you to seek professional help if the nest isn’t within your reach.
If you begin noticing wasps in and around your home with no visible nest, we suggest you do a little investigation. This could mean that you’ll be dealing with a wasp nest in the walls of your house.
You can try killing the wasps with a pest control powder containing carbaryl (like Sevin dust). Find all the holes that the wasps are entering and leaving the walls from. Seal them with steel wool to prevent the wasps from escaping the walls. In five or six days they should be dead.
The roof of your home has more entry points than any other part of your house, allowing easy access for wasps.
Sprays are your best bet here, but the most suitable wasp removal product can be determined by the location of the nest. Sprays with a long reach are most convenient for hanging nests, while easily accessible nests can be treated with regular or bomb-type products.
Keep in mind that removing a wasp nest on your roof or in the attic is dangerous because you are in a closed location. Being far from the exit of your home means that you will be vulnerable to a wasp attack, especially if the nest is hanging and it’s hard to reach. Therefore, it is better to wait for a professional’s help.
Wasp Nest Removal Mistakes
In history, there have been numerous cases of improper wasp nest removal. Here’s what you shouldn’t do when dealing with wasps:
- Using water to ‘drown’ the wasps.
We get the idea behind the usage of water, but it simply doesn’t work. While pouring water in the nest, most of the wasps will find their way out and they will attack you. Not to mention the damage you could cause to your home if the nest is located inside.
- Knocking down the wasp nest. This is one of the biggest mistakes you could make. First, there are most likely wasps around the nest, which will begin stinging when you go close to their home. Second, how far is that nest going to fly? Knocking a wasp nest down shouldn’t even be an option, as you’re just going to angry the wasps.
- Setting the nest on fire. Just like the above-mentioned ‘drowning’ the wasps, setting the nest on fire may destroy the nest, but won’t kill all of the wasps in it. Always avoid using fire, especially if the nest is located in or around your house, as severe damages may occur. After all, it’s always better to call an exterminator instead of the fire brigade.