How to Get Rid of a Wasp Nest
If you’ve noticed a significant uptick in the number of wasps in your garden, it may be because theses pests have taken up residence on your property.
Signs of Wasp Nests
Before we talk about how to get rid of wasp nest, you’ll need to be able to identify whether or not there is one. Pay attention to these three signs that can lead you to the location of the wasp nest:
- Swarming insects
- Visible structures
Large numbers of swarming insects are the first thing to watch out for. Wasps leave and return to the nest various times per day. Observing the flight path of the returning wasps is one way to determine the nest’s location.
Sometimes it’s not the wasps’ presence you notice, but rather the sound they make. If there is a nest in a hard-to-see place, like your attic or roof, there will be buzzing. When there’s buzzing, it’s time to call the professionals.
Finally, most wasps create structures to live in. Carefully combing your property for these visible structures is another way to confirm the existence of a nest and start the extermination process.
How Not to Remove a Wasp Nest
Wasps can be highly aggressive, especially if they feel threatened. The price for trying to remove the nest yourself can be high, which is why DIY wasp removal is never a great idea. At best, many of these insects will likely remain. At worst, you can suffer from many painful stings. Here are some typical DIY wasp removal methods that can be dangerous and ineffective.
Burning the Nest
Setting it on fire may seem like a fantastic way to eliminate the nest, but there are several problems with this method. Wasp nests are highly flammable. You may end up burning yourself by doing this, or your property may suffer fire damage. Additionally, this method typically fails to kill all the wasps, and those that remain may become violent and attack you.
Flooding the nest with water is another common DIY tactic, but it’s not without its problems. Depending on where the nest is located, trying to drown the wasps may cause damage to your property, too. And like the burning method, you won’t kill all the wasps, and those that remain will likely attack you.
Destroying the Nest with a Tool
A search for DIY wasp removal reveals ample suggestions for using a tool like a baseball bat to destroy the nest. This method is perhaps the most dangerous of all the ones we’ve listed since it requires you to close to the nest. It’s also quite ineffective, and you’ll generally aggravate the hive and probably suffer stings before even getting started.
How to Remove Wasp Nest
Now, let’s talk about how to get rid of wasp nest. The safest way to ensure that these creatures don’t spoil your summer fun is by calling a professional to handle their removal. The internet may be filled with lots of DIY wasp removal advice, but pest control experts have the training necessary to do the job safely and effectively.
Exterminators have all sorts of resources at their disposal that you don’t. They possess the proper safety equipment to protect themselves against stings, as well as high-grade products that are more powerful than the pest control products available to the public. Exterminators also have intimate knowledge of wasp behavior and can work in small spaces like attics.
While skipping the exterminator fee may be appealing, you may pay for DIY wasp removal in other ways. Stay safe, and leave this job to the professionals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it is not uncommon for people to find wasp nests within their home’s chimney. Most indoor wasp nests are found within attics, garages, and sheds. When nests are found within a chimney, they are usually located above the vent, but it is not hard for wasps to enter homes through the chimney flue and firebox.
While wasps do come back, they usually only remain around their old destroyed nest site for a few hours before realizing their nest is gone. They will typically not rebuild their nest in the same location.
Yes, there is a possibility that your compost heap might attract some unwanted guests like wasps, mice or voles as these critters like a dry area to build their nests.
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