Having a problem with wasps? Wondering how to remove a nest?


We know: How to Remove a Wasp Nest

Tell me about wasps.

Paper wasps, hornets and yellowjackets are all types of wasps. Paper wasps are generally not attracted to human beings, and are not as aggressive as hornets and yellowjackets.

Tell me about wasp nests.

The nests of all three wasps types are made of paper-like material created from a mixture of chewed wood and insect saliva. Each type of wasp has a nest with a specific shape that is located in a specific area.

Is it possible to remove a wasp nest myself?

First, if you have any hesitation, you can always call a pest removal company and have the job done professionally. Paper wasps are the least aggressive, so it's less risky to remove this type of nest yourself, than it is to remove a hornet or yellowjacket nest.


One strategy for removing a wasp nest is to buy wasp or hornet spray and follow the instructions very carefully, including information about protective clothing. Pesticides usually come as aerosols and dusts.


If you don't want to use a pesticide, it's also possible to remove the nest by hand.

How do I locate the nest?

Staying as far away from the wasps as possible, observe their flight pattern. They leave the nest to forage for food, especially in the morning, so watch for the area or opening from which they leave and to which they return. This is usually the entry to the nest.

  1. Paper wasp nests are usually found under eaves or ledges.
  2. Hornets nests are typically found attached to a tree, bush or side of a building, are difficult to reach and usually are removed by a professional.
  3. Yellowjacket nests are usually located underground or in the wall of a building and probably should be removed by a professional.

What do I need to do to prepare to remove the nest by hand?

To remove the nest, you should completely cover yourself and an assistant with protective clothing that protects the entire body, including your face, ears, neck and hands. Use several layers of shirts and pants and put tape around the cuffs.


REMOVE THE NEST AT NIGHT when the insects are drowsy. Have your assistant use a flashlight with a red filter (wasps are attracted to yellow light) to help visibility. You should have both hands free.

How do I remove the nest?

Here are some approaches to removing various kinds of wasp nests:

  • For an aerial nest, you should slip a cloth bag over the entire nest and tie it off to completely seal it as quickly as possible, detaching the nest as you do. Then place the bag in water, keeping the entire bag fully submerged for several days to ensure all the insects die.
  • For a ground nest, place a large, clear bowl over the entry to the nest. There may be more than one entry, so be sure all entries are covered by the bowl, then push the bowl firmly down into the soil, sealing off any exit route. Leave the bowl in place for several weeks.
  • For a wall or underground nest, you should call a professional. If these are not removed properly, you risk driving the wasps further into the wall or underground.

Should I burn or flood a wasp nest?

NEVER. This will only make the insects aggressive.

What should I do if Iím stung by a wasp?

If youíre stung in the throat or mouth area, or if you have an allergic reaction, get medical help immediately. If you have trouble breathing, feel dizzy or are nauseated, you need medical attention right away.


For less serious stings, wash the area of the sting and apply an antihistamine cream or anti-sting cream.



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