How to Remove a Wasp Nest
I remember it well.
I was living alone back in 2007, in a nice, little, quiet apartment that had a nice, little patio. It was on that same patio that a wasp decided to start building a nest. I, being quite conscientious, was scared lifeless.
In this article, I will share:
- how I managed to remove the wasp nest before it got too big.
- what precautionary measures you should take before attempting removal.
- what some of the best wasp nest removal methods are.
How I Got Rid of a Small Wasp Nest
A regular, old bee will sting you once, lose its stinger, die, and won't sting you again. A wasp can sting you multiple times and might—and most likely will—attack you in a swarm formation. Quite the warriors, they are. They will protect their colony.
As it turned out, I caught the problem before it got too big. The nest was about the size of a golf ball. The queen was getting things set for her workers. But as far as I could tell, those workers hadn't arrived yet, and the queen was often off on errands.
I had to strike while the iron was hot. I got the broom. I opened the sliding glass door wide enough to get half my body on the patio: one foot in the apartment, the other on the patio, and the broom handle pointed at the wasp nest.
Jab, jab, jab. The nest dropped onto the patio floor. I jetted back into the apartment and closed the glass door just in case. I looked out. She was nowhere around. I got a small plastic bag, put the nest in it, and took it down to the dumpster.
End of story. She never returned to stay. She probably returned to not see her nest and left, I guess. All I know is that I was safe again.
What I Should Have Done
I think you're pretty safe if the nest is still small and Queeney ain't around. But if I was slightly smarter than I am, I probably would have been wearing goggles, a hoodie, and gloves.
That would be the smart advice: to wear protective clothing when dealing with wasps to avoid getting stung to death. Also, I could have sprayed the nest with soapy water, hair spray, or pesticide first. This could have stunned, killed, or debilitated any wasps that might have been chilling out at the crib.
However, those are mainly tactics for the big nests. The ones already populated with workers and larva.
Quick Tips for Removing a Wasp Nest
Regardless of what nest removal method you choose, here are some helpful tips that apply to all of them.
-Wear protective clothing that covers the body, arms, legs, feet, and hands.
-Do it at night when wasps are not active.
How to Get Rid of a Big Wasp Nest
It should be stated that a sting from a wasp is incredibly painful and causes big-time swelling that can be fatal. If you're allergic, it can have seriously devastating effects. If you have strong doubts, call the exterminator. They have special equipment and pesticides and know what they're doing. However, there are also ways to get rid of the wasp nest yourself.
Try Spraying a Wasp Pesticide Onto the Nest at Night
You can purchase a decent wasp pesticide at a hardware store. The foam kind is excellent, because it foams up in the nest and catches all of the wasps in its poisonous goop. It also usually can be shot out at a range of 6–8 feet, which is good for those nests up in high places. You shoot the solution into the hole of the nest, and it kills the wasps inside.
It's a good practice to shoot the pesticide into the nest in generous proportions, and then get out of there quickly. The poison will do its job. You can return the next day and clear out any remnants of the nest so that the poison is gone from your environment. If there are remaining wasps, they won't be attracted to the area any longer.
Generally it's a good idea to do this operation at night when the wasps are less active. It should be noted that they will be alerted by light. So if possible, don't shine light at the nest.
Hair Spray, Boric Acid, and Soapy Water Can Be Effective Alternatives
Other substances that can be used on wasps include hair spray, boric acid, and soapy water. Hair-spray sticks to their wings and makes it hard for them to fly; soapy water seeps past their exoskeletons and kills them; and boric acid is poisonous to wasps.
Suck Them up With a Vacuum
The other method some people use is sucking up the culprits in a shop vac. This might be initially effective, but you run the risk of having wasps coming out after you when you eventually open the vacuum.
Exterminators sometimes use a vacuum. But when the wasps get sucked up into these vacuums, they end up in a soapy solution that quickly kills them.
Wear Protective Clothing and Don't Use a Ladder
Again, it is advisable that you wear protective clothing that covers the body, legs, feet, arms, hands, and neck. It is also generally a bad idea to use a ladder (though some people do), because if you start getting attacked by the wasps, you could take a bad fall.