Wasps are known to sing even when they are not provoked. Therefore, it’s essential to understand the correct methods on how to get rid of a wasps nest correctly. Getting rid of a wasp nest can be challenging as a sting from a wasp (or multiple) can be extremely painful, especially if there is a chance that you may be allergic to a wasp sting. Wasp nest removal is therefore required when you notice any level of activity in and around your property.
Although we offer tips on how to get rid of a wasp nest, we always advise not to attempt it yourself. Instead, visit our Wasp Pest Control page to book a treatment. Removing a wasp nest can be extremely dangerous as multiple stings can lead to a hospital visit and in rare cases where wasps have stung inside the mouth or other sensitive areas – death!
About Wasp Nests
Wasp nests have been known to home up to 20,000 wasps and nests can grow to the size of a small car if they are left untouched. Mind-boggling figures! The usual places in which wasps nests are found are loft spaces, sheds or inside cavity walls. However, they really can nest anywhere, so don’t be surprised if you find a wasp nest in an unusual place.
Wasps are different from bees in the fact that they can sting continuously. Therefore, a wasp nest is capable of literally thousands and thousands of stings. Meaning as soon as you notice a wasp nest, you should be looking for methods on how to get rid of a wasp nest.
Wasp nests are made from chewed wood and saliva, this forms a paper mache material which is robust, lightweight and because of the original design, surprisingly waterproof.
Do I have bees or wasps?
Don’t worry! If you have either of the three, there are tips available on how to remove the nest. Wasps, bees, and hornets can all be removed if you contact a professional and trained operative.
Bees are fuzzy, flying insects. You’ll notice the yellow and black stripes they have on their body. The honeybee pictured below is closely related to wasps and hornets and are best known for their role in pollination and for producing honey. We have a whole other article covering bees and answering the question, are bees protected?
Wasps look similar, but you can tell the difference due to their hairless bodies. The main difference between the two are size and colour. Wasps have black and yellow rings on their body and are less beneficial to humans compared to bees due to the lack of pollination. However, wasps do eat other insects which would otherwise run rampant if it wasn’t due to population control by wasps.
Both are dangerous as the stings can cause allergic reactions. Though, bees will only sting if they feel they or their nest are in danger. Bees will die after they sting you, compared to wasps which will not die after.
The good thing to know is whether your problem is bees or wasps a professional pest control company will be trained to see the difference in species and how to get rid of them differently. If any of these are in your property, we would recommend calling a wasp and bee control team. If not, keep reading for tips on how to get rid of a wasps nest.
How to get rid of a wasp nest?
Great, you’ve made it to the section where we tell you how to get rid of a wasps nest. One last time we are going to recommend you contact a pest professional to do the job. It can seem like a job you can do yourself, but without the professional equipment and training, it’s challenging to do correctly and safely. Below are the reasons why you should leave it to an expert:
- PPE: Personal protective equipment is crucial to ensure the safety of the person getting rid of the wasp nest. Wasps are known to attack when a nest is being removed, and a professional will have the best equipment to keep them safe.
- Wasps tend to nest in small and hard to reach areas such as lofts. This little space can be challenging to manage when treating such aggressive insects, and the training of a professional will help them manage the situation.
- Knowledge of bees and wasps is essential as they are treated in different manors. The behaviour of both insects are different, and having the ability to recognise which insect is to be removed is necessary.
- Finally, a professional pest control technician will have access to a higher grade of licensed products. The pest control products that Integrum Services have are more powerful than the standard products that are available on the market.
Do you still think you can manage the removal on your own? Well, keep on reading.
Get rid of wasp nest DIY style
Before we tell you how to get rid of a wasp nest, we highly recommend you advise yourself on the following:
- If anything goes wrong, do you have options to escape the situation?
- Our team would recommend you remove the nest when it is dark. Wasps are less likely to be aggressive at this time.
- Buy some PPE. It would help if you had enough padding to protect all of your body from potential wasp stings and make sure there is no bare skin showing.
- Do not use lights or torches.
Four steps on how to remove a wasp nest yourself
- Please wait until it is dark and move towards the wasp nest quietly.
- With a bin bag, place it over the nest and cover.
- Remove the wasp’s nest from the area and close the bag.
- Please make sure the bin bag is completely sealed and take it away from the area.
We would recommend that you have a full can of wasp nest insecticide to spray before removing.
How not to remove a wasp nest
Although these tips may seem obvious, we’ve known people try these in the past. Make sure never to do any of the following:
- Never try to hit the nest off the wall. If your try to knock the nest off the area, it is attached to you better be ready to start running!
- Don’t try to set the nest of fire with flammable material or liquid. Setting the wasp nest on fire is extremely dangerous and has the potential to go very wrong.
- Are you thinking of pouring boiling water into the nest? Boiling water will not work as the nest usually goes lower than the area visible if a ground nest.
- Finally, don’t even think about vacuuming or hovering the wasp nest. This one should be obvious
With any luck, the method we step we mentioned earlier in the article should show you how to remove a wasp nest. Or for guaranteed options, just call a professional.
Still worried about a wasp nest?
Depending on where you are reading this guide from, we may be able to help on how to get rid of a wasp nest. Our pest control is the leading wasp nest removal service in London and Surrey, and we provide fully guaranteed services on getting rid of wasp nests. Furthermore, we can offer a same or next day response so we can get rid of your wasp nest problem quicker than anyone else. We use the latest long reach treatment equipment technology to allow the safest and fastest service.
Our wasp pest control division is fully trained, insured and certified. We have decades of experience between us on removing wasp nests. Therefore, there is hardly a wasp problem we have not seen before. We have access equipment to reach even the hardest to access and highest wasp nests. Is your business under attack by wasps? We provide specialist wasp nest services for schools and other sensitive areas.
Our chemicals are all safe and explicitly designed to kill wasp nests. Our operatives are trained and come armed with the correct equipment and personal protective wasp clothing, we can, therefore, get rid of any wasp nest.
Are you still worried About A Wasp Nest?
The best thing to do if you have a wasp nest is to stay clear of the area until our wasp nest removal expert arrives. When they do, the wasps will be exterminated, and space will be safe to use again in no time.