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How to Remove a Wasp Nest

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How to Remove a Wasp Nest

Having a wasp nest in close proximity to your home is not something pleasant. Wasps are considered helpful insects due to their penchant for feasting on pests that infect plants, fruits, and vegetables. But wasp stings can cause allergic reactions and some species if wasps are poisonous too. This is why it is necessary to remove a wasp nest as early as possible if it is located near your house or someplace where it poses danger to passersby.

  1. You will have to first pinpoint the exact location of the nest and this can be a difficult task because they are not very big and hence not highly visible.

    1.Highly Territorial

    As long as the wasp nest is on your property, there are no permits needed for its removal. If the wasps on your property sting someone, it might put you at risk for liability if they decide to sue you. The risk of getting stung by a wasp is high because they are very territorial and may attack anyone who ventures too close to their dwelling.


    Since wasp stingers are bigger than those of bees, their stings will hurt more too. Also wasps tend to sting multiple times unlike bees which die after they sting someone (unless they are Africanized killer bees). Removing a wasp nest is not an easy task and must be planned and executed carefully to prevent any injuries to you and those in the vicinity.

  2. 2.Locate the Nest

    A great number of wasps hovering on your property is usually an indication that there is a nest somewhere close by. So, you will have to first pinpoint the exact location of the nest and this can be a difficult task because they are not very big and hence not highly visible. Check under the ceiling of the house as well as the corners which are popular choices with wasps. Trees and attics are the other places where wasp nests can be found. The location of the nest will also depend on the type of wasps found on your property. For instance, paper wasps will have aerial nests while yellow jackets prefer to live under the ground.

  3. 3.Time Your Attack

    Late evening is the best time to launch your attack on the wasp nest. During this time, the insects are lethargic and will have let their guard down. As it gets dark, all the wasps would have returned to the nest and will be settling down for the night. This will provide you the opportunity of getting close to the nest without your presence being sensed. Attacking when the wasps are the most vulnerable will also ensure that the chances of you getting stung are minimal.

  5. 4.Nest Removal Methods

    There are many ways for removing a wasp nest and a popular means is to use a commercial pesticide. You just have to spray it on the wasp nest and then wait for the wasps to die before removing the nest and putting it in the trash. Follow the instructions provided on the pesticide container and clear the area before using it. You may have to make a quick exit after spraying the pesticide on the nest, so plan in advance how you will do this.


    Another option is to use water in a large bucket, the sides of which have been coated with petroleum jelly. Place the bucket under the nest and knock the wasp nest into it. When water soaks the wings of wasps, they are unable to fly and will die. The slippery coating on the sides of the bucket will also make it impossible for the wasps to crawl out. You better hope the nest falls into the bucket. You should be wearing protective gear when attempting this feat as well.


    Caution is the keyword when attempting to remove a wasp nest. Following all the safety measures will ensure that you are not injured when getting rid of the pesky, poisonous, and dangerous flying insects.

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