How to Remove a Wasp Nest
I remember it well. I even remember the year and the apartment I was living in.
I guess it was memorable.
I was living alone, back in 2007, in a nice little quiet apartment that had a nice little patio. The patio part is important to this story because it was on the patio that a wasp decided to start building a nest. I, being quite conscientious, was scared lifeless.
She decided she wanted to start her nest on the eave of my patio. I decided I didn't want her to.
How to Get Rid of a Wasp Nest When It's Still Small
Well, you know. A regular old bee will sting you once, lose its stinger and 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.
So, I didn't hesitate to find a solution to the problem. 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. She wasn't around. 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 there, 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.
Have you ever knocked down a wasp nest?
What I Should Have Done
I think you're pretty safe if the nest is still small and Queeney aint around. But if I was slightly smarter than I am, I probably would have been wearing goggles, a hoodie and gloves.
At least that's the general advice. To wear protective clothing when dealing with wasps, to avert 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 wasp or wasps that might have been chillin' out at the crib.
However, those are mainly tactics for the big nests. The ones already populated with workers and larva.
Tips for getting rid of wasp nest:
- Wear clothing that covers body, arms, legs, feet and hands (gloves).
- Do it at night when wasps are not active.
- Use pesticide or boric acid.
How to Get Rid of a Bigger Wasp Nest
It should be stated that a sting from a wasp is incredibly painful (duh) and causes big-time swelling that can be fatal. If you're allergic it can have seriously devastating effects.
So, obviously you don't want to get stung by a wasp. If you have strong doubts, call the exterminator. They have special equipment and pesticides and know what they're doing.
However, there are ways to get rid of the wasp nest yourself.
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.
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.
Other substances 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 does them in and boric acid is poisonous to wasps.
If inserting insecticide into the nest, shoot it in there 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 and if there are remaining wasps they won't be attracted to the area any longer.
Again, it is advisable that you wear protective clothing that covers body, legs, feet, arms, hands (gloves) and neck. Also, it is 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.
The other method some people use is sucking up the culprits in a shop vac. But you run the risk of having wasps coming out after you when you open the vacuum. Exterminators use a vacuum but wasps get sucked up and end up in a soapy solution that kills them, inside the vacuum.
Using Foam Insecticide at Night to Kill Wasp Nest
Wasp Warrior Take-Away
So, it is important to take precautions when undertaking getting rid of wasps. It's a better idea to call the professionals if you can afford to have them get rid of the wasps for you, because they know what they're doing and have the correct supplies and equipment.
It's relatively easy to get rid of a nest when it's still very small, like the size of a golf ball. It's just a matter of good timing--when the wasp isn't around--getting something long enough to reach the nest if it's up high and knocking the nest down and getting rid of it. If the nest is getting big, you will have a lot more to deal with. Angry wasps who think their nest is threatened are no fun and potentially dangerous. You can get very effective pesticides to kill wasps at the hardware store. As stated, it's better to try to get rid of them at night when they are not active and to try not to alert them with light and make sure you have a path and plan to escape.