In the summer months, the rise in flying pests can be an annoyance to many people. With wasps, nests can grow to great sizes and will need to be removed. They are shaped somewhat like a tear drop and house thousands of typically aggressive insects. Because having these insects around your home can be dangerous, it is a good idea to try and get rid of them before they pose a serious threat to you and your family.
Removing Wasp Nests at Home
The first step in removing a wasp nest from your home is to understand wasp patterns. Do not attempt to remove the wasp nest in the middle of the day. This is because wasps are active during daytime hours. You can put yourself at risk to be stung by very large swarms of wasps as they try to protect the nest and their queen. Because of this, you will need to wait until late in the evening or at night to perform any removal steps.
Purchase some commercial wasp spray from a garden centre or anywhere that may sell such sprays. If the wasp nest is in the trees, you may want to get a projectile spray. If it is an underground nest, purchase a non-projectile spray. First, change into some thick, long-sleeved clothes. You may also wish to wear gloves, goggles or a mask, and a hat. Taking these clothing precautions will help keep you from being stung in the off chance that a few wasps wake up to attack.
Take your spray, head outside, and spray the nest quickly and thoroughly, taking care to douse the entrance especially. Make sure not to stand directly beneath the nest, as it increases your chance of being stung. You will need to spray the nest again the following night to be sure that all wasps inside have died. After a second spray, knock the nest down from wherever it is hanging, if it is a hanging nest. If it is a ground nest, fill it with dirt. Carefully dispose of it in the trash by sealing it inside a plastic or paper bag.
Removing the nest may not completely eliminate your problem, as a straggler wasp may return to the spot to re-nest. To keep this from happening, set a trap to catch and kill the wasps before they have a chance to make another nest. Take an empty two-liter soda bottle and cut the top off just below the bottle's curve. The bottom part of the bottle should then be filled with about two inches of some kind of bait to lure the wasps in. This can be something like soda, fruit juices, wine, or maple syrup that has been diluted with water. Turn the top of the bottle upside down, remove the cap, then insert it into the bottom part of the bottle, spout-first. Tape the two pieces together, then set your trap anywhere that the wasps may congregate.