Easy Instructions for Relocating a Wasp Nest

Updated on January 23, 2017
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In the past two days, I have had to relocate two wasps nests as I worked at preparing my home for the winter. Now you may wonder why I bothered relocating them rather than just killing them off. The answer is that I wildscape my yard and let whatever lives there live there. I have known about the wasps all summer. They haven't bothered me. I don't bother them. But they were in the way of my skirting project, so they had to be moved.

Here's how I did it.

  1. I waited until it was dark and cool out and all the wasps were home for the evening.
  2. I took a sturdy plastic container (a big yogurt container in one case, a plastic bowl in the other) and a piece of stiff plastic that would slide under the bowl and act a s a lid and went to the wasp nest. I covered the nest with the plastic container and slid the stiff piece of plastic underneath, severing the paper connection underneath the nest.
  3. I very carefully carried the nest far away from my home (to a predetermined location) and gently set it down, leaving the lid on.

Not a single wasp woke up or stung me. I waited about an hour, then went back with a flashlight to remove the lid so the wasps could get out the next day. They were all sound asleep and did not stir when I removed the lid.

Wasps are a beneficial insect eating some harmful bugs and pollinating plants. I have found that, as I said, if I leave them alone, they leave me alone. Now I can finish my project, and the wasps can continue on their merry way! ;)

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    • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

      justmesuzanne 

      3 years ago from Texas

      You don't have to make friends with any of them. Leave them alone and they'll leave you alone.

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      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      I understand that wasps are supposed to beneficial, but I don't plan on making friends with them or spiders or snakes either!

    • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

      justmesuzanne 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, ladies! In the spring, my backyard is full of bees, hornets, wasps and other flying critters enjoying my flowering trees. I just stay calm and walk among them, and I have never been stung. All creatures have their place and their purpose.

      Last summer, the volunteer fire department (located across the street from my house) tore down their storage shed to make room for a new firehouse. There was a beehive in the wall, and they called in a bee keeper to try to relocate it. People were standing around watching, and I joined them. While others were getting stung, the bees just hovered around me and passed me by. I actually think they recognized me from the my backyard!

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      Aunt Jimi 

      5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Very interesting and I think you are so kind and brave. Generally I believe in leaving things be if they're in their environment (outdoors) and not in mine (my home). However, wasps have nasty stings and I would sooner add another bat house or two, and some praying mantis to help pollinate. There are only a few things I can't abide, but wasps are among them. I admire your respect for their right to live just the same, and I share it for most things, but wasps? :(

      An excellent hub just the same and good of you to share instructions for anyone else who may want/need to do this same thing. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Going to pin this to my useful tips and ideas board. Also tweeting.

    • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

      justmesuzanne 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks! :)

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      Indian Chef 

      5 years ago from New Delhi India

      This is something I have never read about or heard anyone talking about it. May be where I come from they are more pest themselves than helpers. But it is very good hub. voted up and awesome.

    • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

      justmesuzanne 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks! Now those wasps are actually dirt daubers, and they don't sting, so you don't need to worry about them too much, and you can't relocate their homes. Just spray them down with a pressure sprayer! :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      I would never have thought that one could safely relocate a wasp's nest. Good to know. We have a lot of the red type wasps that build their homes with mud that turns almost concrete hard on the outsides of our home. When they appear to be empty we are constantly chipping them off. You are certainly an animal lover! Nice! Up, useful and interesting votes.

    • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

      justmesuzanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Good! Be careful! :)

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      Home Plumbing 

      7 years ago

      I never thought of doing this. I have a wasps nest in my garden right now and like you, they haven't bothered me at all but I'm going to have to move them somewhere else soon I'm redecoration the outside of my house. Thank you so much for the help, I now know what to do, thanks.

    • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

      justmesuzanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      If you leave them alone, they leave you alone! :)

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      PaperNotes 

      7 years ago

      Wow, suzanne, you sure have this love for all creatures big and small. If it were me, I would probably just throw the wasp nest away as I would be afraid that the insects would hurt me or my kid.

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      sage Morris-Greene 

      8 years ago

      Hmmmm, well we tried all this and moved them all the way down the block, and they were back the very next day. we had taped over the area, but the taping fell down. wonder how that happened.....

    • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

      justmesuzanne 

      8 years ago from Texas

      If you can put them into a sealed container, maybe you could drive it off into the country! :D I just took mine to the back of my yard. They probably just set up another nest in my yard.

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      Sage 

      8 years ago

      Hey Suzanne, found a wasps nest that is up inside a sealed off dog flap. Assuming I can get a container in there to take them down, which i'm not sure I can, where are good places to relocated wasps nests to? I live in a neighborhood, so i don't want them to become someone else's problem. Also I'd rather not kill them. Let meknow if you have any ideas

      -Sage

    • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

      justmesuzanne 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Bill! Mine didn't come back, and I just took them to the back of my yard!

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      Bill 

      9 years ago

      This makes perfect sense! It seems quite safe, if one is careful. I wonder if it matters how far away one relocates the wasps -- and if they tend to return to the area from which they were taken

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      moonlake 

      9 years ago from America

      I feel the same way you do about the wasp nest. Leave them if you can. Our nest is hornets nest. You can view in my hub.

      Good idea for moving them.

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