How to Remove a Wasp Nest

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Wasps are actually helpful insects because they prey on many plant-eating pests. Usually wasps prefer to avoid humans, but if they nest too close to a dwelling, they can present a problem. Luckily, there are natural, non-chemical ways of removing wasps nests. Read on to learn more.

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Things you need

  • Protective clothing
  • Long-handled pruner
  • Large box
  • Large water tub

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    Ask a friend to help you, because removing a wasp nest safely requires more than one set of hands. One person will remove the nest while the helper quickly contains it. Make sure that you ask a friend that is capable of working calmly and quickly.

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    Wear protective clothing. A beekeeper's suit is best, but if you don't have access to one, wear boots and heavy pants. Roll your pant cuffs outside of your boots and put a rubber band around the top of your boots to keep wasps from flying up your pant leg. Wear a sturdy, long-sleeved shirt and a pair of heavy work gloves with the sleeve cuffs fastened around the cuffs with rubber bands.

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    Protect your face and head. Wear a protective hat and, if possible, construct a veil of protective fabric.

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    If you have a pair of heavy coveralls, wear them over the top. This will keep any stingers from reaching your skin.

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    Remove the nest in the cool of the evening when the wasps will be drowsy.

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    Ask your helper to hold a large box with a tightly-fitting lid underneath the wasp nest. Cut the stem holding the nest very quickly with a long-handled pruning hook or other long cutting tool. Close the box as quickly as possible and seal it.

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    Submerge the box in a tub of water or place it in a freezer for several hours. Be sure that all the wasps are dead before you remove the box, because wasps are able to chew through nearly anything.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a wasp nest in a wall or underground, it is best to call a professional.
  • Never attempt to flood a nest or to burn it. This will make the wasps aggressive and they will be very likely to sting.
  • Never attempt to remove a wasp nest if you think that you or your helper may be allergic to bees or wasps. Consult a professional.

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