How to Remove a Wasp Nest by Yourself

Safety Measures and Methods for Removal

How to Remove a Wasp Nest

When you realize you have a wasp problem on your property, it can be intimidating to figure out how to get rid of them. While you can DIY your wasp nest removal, you need to be very careful. Learn how to remove a wasp nest by yourself.

How to Remove a Wasp Nest by Yourself

Safety Measures

  • Figure out how are you going to reach the nest. A ladder is not a good idea because you are very likely to fall if attacked.
  • Who will use the area soon? If you decide to use pesticides, keep children and pets away for at least 24 hours because the chemicals can be very dangerous.
  • Are you sure you’re not allergic? If you aren’t able to subdue the wasps and they feel threatened, they will very likely attack and sting multiple times.
  • You should cover every part of your body. Consider jeans, socks, boots, gloves, and a sweater. You should even wrap a scarf around the lower half of your face. Protective glasses or ski goggles are great additions.
  • Work at night and don’t use a bright flashlight because it will wake up the wasps. A red or amber colored light is better.

Methods for Removing a Wasp Nest

  • Pesticide spray: Target the bottom opening of the nest with a stream of pesticide for approximately 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Insecticidal dust: For ground nests, this is much more effective than aerosol sprays. During the night or early morning, apply the dust liberally onto the nest opening and immediately vacate the area.
  • Dish soap: A solution of dish soap and water can coat wasps’ wings, preventing them from flying, which eventually drowns them. Spray the mixture at the entrance for 10 to 15 seconds and then vacate the area quickly.
  • Smoke: Use your grill and build a small fire directly below an aerial nest. When the smoke rises and enters the nest, it suffocates the wasps and forces them to vacate. You should let the smoke rise for an hour or two.

Once you are sure the nest is no longer active, use a stick to knock it down. While wasps do not reuse nests, they will sometimes build over an old one.

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It is always safest to use a professional for wasp nest removal. Call your local pest pros, ExtermPRO, today at 571-620-1168. We know just how to handle all your stinging pest problems.


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