How to Remove Wasp Nests from Your Home
With spring finally here, many homeowners have to deal with the presence of wasp nests on their property. Wasp nests are a nuisance at best, and if there are small children or people with bee sting allergies in your home, these pests can pose a legitimate threat. Here’s a quick guide to help you remove problematic wasp nests from your property.
Wearing protective clothing is a must if you’re going to attempt to remove a wasp’s nest on your own. Wear long pants that cover the entirety of your legs and ankles, plus long sock and a sweater that covers your arms and torso. It’s also a good idea to wear a hood over your head and some sort of protective glasses, such as ski goggles.
Purchase Insecticide (or make your own)
Aerosol insecticide sprays are the most popular choice for destroying wasp nests. However, for nests located in holes in the ground, you may want to purchase insecticidal dust, which can be applied to the opening of the nest so that it will coat the wasp’s bodies and they will carry it to the heart of the nest. You can also make a homemade, non-toxic wasp killing solution with water and dish soap if you’re concerned about the safety of pets or small children.
Wait Until Nightfall
Because wasps are not active at night, it’s best to wait until after dark to spray or treat the nest to reduce your risk of being stung. Be sure you check the nest again in the morning, as sometimes multiple treatments are necessary to completely kill of the nest.
Leave it to the Pros
If you have any concerns about removing the nest yourself, or if you or anyone else in your home is allergic to wasp stings, your best bet is to hire a professional exterminator. Professionals have the expertise, and the equipment, to clear out the nest quickly and safely, so your best bet is always to leave the wasp nest removal to pest control professionals.