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When the warmer days and longer nights are begin to show up, some particularly annoying pests do too. Pests that love to ruin our sunny afternoons: wasps.
The presence of a wasp nest often leads to property owners taking matters into their own hands and trying to remove the nest themselves. However, it is highly advised that you do not attempt to remove a wasp nest without professional help, as this could be more harmful than helpful. Here’s what you should do instead: Contact a wasp expert who is trained in wasp nest removal. You need to be extremely careful when getting rid of wasp nests so we’ve laid out some guidance on what to do and what definitely NOT to do.
Western Exterminator can remove wasp nests for you. We have pest control specialists near you whether you are in Seattle, Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Fe Springs, Thousand Oaks, Las Vegas or other locations on the West Coast. We have local knowledge and can respond to your needs quickly.
There are many sources online advising on the best DIY methods to remove a wasp nest. Wasps are aggressive creatures and require little to no aggravation to attack, so trying to remove a wasp nest yourself can cost you both financially and physically. DIY wasp nest removal is not advised!
1. Burning a wasp nest
Using fire to remove a wasp nest is a very dangerous task and is not a successful way to eradicate the wasps. Wasp nests are made from a thin papery substance produced by chewing wood into a pulp, making it extremely flammable. Because of this, burning a wasp nest can often lead to not only your property catching fire, but also you suffering painful burns.
Another problem with burning a wasp nest is that it is not an effective way to control a wasp problem. This is because it doesn’t kill all the wasps. It can lead to the remaining wasps in the nest becoming violent, as well as the wasps out foraging for food, resulting in them attacking you and any bystanders.
Using water is often regarded as another way to get rid of a wasp nest. The truth is that flooding a wasp nest isn’t an effective method at all. Depending on the location of the nest, using water to remove a wasp nest can result in further damages to your property. For example, if the wasp nest is in your attic, trying to remove the nest by flooding it could cause water damage to your attic beams and ceiling plaster boards.
Trying to flood a nest won’t get rid of all the wasps inhabiting the hive either. Similar to the effects of trying to burn a wasp nest, the wasps will become vicious and begin to attack, leaving you with a handful of painful stings.
3. Destroying a wasp nest with a baseball bat
Destroying a wasp nest with a bat, racket or any other item is another talked about removal option. Trying to remove a wasp nest by destroying it with a baseball bat will put you at direct risk of getting stung, not only once but multiple times. This can be particularly dangerous if you are allergic to wasp stings as you could go into anaphylactic shock.
This method of DIY wasp nest removal puts you in close proximity to the hive, which is often enough to aggravate them to trigger an attack. Trying to remove a wasp nest using a baseball bat can often result in you being stung before the task has started.
The best way to remove a wasp nest is contacting a pest control professional. It may seem like an easy job, but a pest control expert is professionally trained to handle and remove wasp nests in a safe and efficient manner, and here's why:
If you are still adamant that you can and want to remove a wasp nest yourself, it is highly advised that you:
If possible, it’s a good idea to have a full can of pest control product handy to spray on the nest before removing it.
It is important to note, that if the wasp nest is in a hard to reach place such as underneath your gutters, or up high in a tree, you should NOT try and remove the nest yourself as this could lead to severe injuries. Additionally, you should NOT attempt DIY wasp nest removal, if you are, or think you might be, allergic to wasp stings!
Following the steps below can help prevent wasps from building their nest in your home and/or garden:
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