Now First things first, one thing that we really want to preface is that removing a wasp nest or getting rid of wasp on your own is something that we really don’t recommend.
Wasps are very dangerous, they’re aggressive, they can attack in swarms and sting in numbers, and it can be very painful. And if you do also happen to be allergic, it could sometimes be deadly in those cases. So as a foundation, we really recommend reaching out to a pest control service to have them remove a wasp nest.
That said if you are going to tackle it on your own, there are three different tips you can use to get rid of wasp nests more effectively and more safely around your home.
Step 1: The first thing that you want to do is plan on having an escape route in advance. So as we mentioned before, wasps can be very aggressive and they’re going to attack in numbers. They are going to attack not just as an individual, but as a group and as a swarm. Each nest could have hundreds of wasps potentially in there. So one angry wasp could turn into hundreds very quickly. The stings from wasp can be very painful and especially when you have many stings.
Individuals who are allergic can face an even greater risk as these stings can be dangerous or even deadly for those with an allergy. So again, having that escape route in advance when you try and take down that wasp nest is very important. Know which way your going if you need to make a run for it.
Step 2: Now the second tip that you want to keep in mind is having the right protective gear. Given that stings are painful and can be dangerous as these are very aggressive pests, make sure you are properly clothed when removing a wasp nest.
Typically you’re going to be trying to remove a wasp nest in later spring or summer fall months, because that’s when they’re most active, that’s when they’re building their nests. So that’s when you’re probably gonna have issues with them. This is typically those warmer months where you most likely are running around in a t-shirt and shorts. But that’s not what you want to wear when you’re trying to take out a wasp nest and remove that around your home.
So like I said, wasp beings very dangerous, very aggressive, past. And so you want to be properly clothed when removing a wasp nest, you know, typically you’re going to be trying to remove wasp nest in later spring, summer fall months, because that’s when they’re most active, that’s when they’re building their nests. So that’s when you’re probably gonna have issues with them.
So typically, those are warmer temperatures. So you might normally be walking around in a t-shirt and shorts. But that’s not what you want to wear when you’re trying to take out a wasp nest and remove that around your home. Make sure that you have long pants preferrably jeans, or some type of thicker pant. You’ll also want to wear boots and tuck the jeans into the boots. Wear long sleeve clothing and heavy gloves. Again make sure you tuck the shirt into the gloves. A hooded sweatshirt is a good idea so you can protect your head. Protect your face and neck as well. A face mask, scarf and safety googles will help. Cinch the hood tightly over the facemask and googles. The most important thing is to try and prevent wasps from getting under your clothing where they can sting you over and over again.
Remember wasps are aggressive and even more so when you’re attempting to remove their nest. Now wearing all this protective covering isn’t a guarantee that they can’t get through your clothing and sting you. Even if you’re wearing thicker layers as protective gear, it still can be very dangerous, removing wasps and trying to get rid of that wasp nest. So making sure that you have the proper protective gear, ideally, if you have a bee suit, that would be the most ideal situation. But definitely wearing thicker, longer clothing, gloves, boots, protective gear overall is going to be your best bet.
Again, this is another reason why we recommend reaching out to a pest control service to remove wasps versus trying to do it on your own. Because a Pest Control service is going to have the proper tools, the proper safety gear, the proper equipment and experience with angry and aggressive wasps.
Step 3: Treat the wasps with a pest control product before you begin the removal process. Sometimes what people try and do is just go directly for getting rid of the nest immediately and the wasps are highly active. They’re aggressive. They’re angry, right? They’re high in numbers. They can be very dangerous attacking in groups and stinging you. This can be potentially deadly if you happen to be allergic. So, you want to treat the nest first, with a pest control product to either stun the wasps, kill the wasps in advance, or at least a large number of them before attempting to remove that nest.
When you are attempting to remove that nest, we recommend trying to do that in the later evening or very early morning, when you can catch a lot of the wasp either sleeping, or not as active and aggressive. It’s better to deal with removing a wasp nest during those times versus just jumping in right in the middle of the day, when they’re at their peak activity levels.
This is yet another reason why we really recommend reaching out to a pest control service, they’re going to have the most effective products and the right protective gear, the training and the knowledge. There is also the safety factor. Giving this dangerous job to the professionals is the safest approach.
But again, if you are going to attempt it on your own, make sure you have an escape plan in place, you have proper protective gear, and you use some type of treatment first, and then try and take those wasps out either early morning or in the night when they’re less active.