Have you noticed a wasp nest on your property? Our focus in this article will be to discuss wasp nests and how you can get rid of them safely.
Wasps nests can be very dangerous to deal with and if you don't do it right, you risk irritating the wasps which will lead to them attacking you. The wasps will then begin to chase you until you get to safety and if a lot of them sting you at once, you could experience some serious health issues. Don't worry though, there are a few different things that you can try to get rid of wasp nests safely so that you don't put yourself at ris
Dealing with a Wasp Nest in Your House
When there is a wasp nest in your house, it can be a scary experience to have. In situations like this, it's your best bet to call a wasp exterminator. They know what they're doing and they know which products are most effective at getting rid of a wasp nest.
Know Where the Nest is. Some people think that they know exactly where the wasp nest is inside of their home and when it comes to dealing with it, they realise that they don't. Take the time to investigate the wasps and find out exactly where they're coming from so you can prepare appropriately.
Seal Off the Room. When you've found where the nest is and you're ready to proceed, make sure that the wasps can't escape the room where their nest is located. If even one wasp escapes then there's a chance that they'll create a new nest somewhere else.
Research Products. Using the right chemicals to deal with a wasp nest is important. If you were to use a chemical which isn't very effective, not only do you risk wasting your money but you also damage your property. Do some research, determine the best product for your specific situation, and apply it as instructed.
Drill a Hole. The odds are that the wasp nest has been built inside of one of your walls and if this is the case, you want to get direct entry to it so that you can apply the powder or spray right onto the nest so that it is effective as possible. In order to do this, drill a hole as close to the nest as possible.
Wasp Nests in the Ground
Having a wasp nest in the ground is much more convenient than if it were hanging from a tree or in a bush. Fortunately, when you see a wasp nest in the ground there is a high chance that it's a cicada-killing wasps nest. A cicada-killing wasp won't attack you even if you try to remove the nest, and thus they are harmless. However, you first have to identify the type of wasp.
Determine the Type of Wasp. There are two main types of wasps. There are cicada-killing wasps which are friendly and these wasps are black and yellow and are roughly two-inches long. The other type is called yellow-jackets and they are also black and yellow, but they are much shorter and are an aggressive species. Yellow-jackets thrive on stinging their victims so beware!
Keep Your Pets Away! This is incredibly important. Cats and dogs aren't as aware as we are that wasps are dangerous so if your pet sees a wasp nest, they'll be curious to investigate it and it could result in them being attacked. As unfortunate as it is, this could then lead to your pet getting sick or having an allergic reaction to the sting – none of which are pleasant to deal with.
Poison. If you don't want to call pest control and you'd rather deal with it on your own as soon as possible, consider a wasp poison. These poisons are very toxic so if you plan on using them, make sure that you follow the instructions very carefully. It's likely that your surrounding garden will die, but nonetheless using a poison is effective.
Wasp Nest Removal
Lastly, we're going to show you how to remove wasp nests that are out in the open. This is the most common scenario and getting rid of a wasp nest in your garden isn't as difficult in comparison to if it were in the ground or in your home.
Fire and Smoke. Using a fire to get rid of wasps can be risky and it's not always an appropriate choice, although it's a very effective way to get rid of a wasp nest. When wasps smell smoke, it indicates that there is a forest fire and it's their first instinct to escape and get as far as possible away. You can then get rid of the wasp nest with as little chance of being stung as possible.
Make Your Move at Night. Wasps are very active during the day so if you want to get rid of a wasp nest, your best bet is to tackle it at night. There are benefits to removing the nest at night as wasps will be sleeping so are tired, less aggressive, and will be confused on how to react.
Destroy the Nest. After you've taken the nest down from wherever it was, you have to get rid of it. Whatever you do, don't put it in a bin. This won't deal with the problem and will just take it somewhere else. Instead, either call pest control to have it removed or use a pesticide spray to kill the wasps.
Preventing a Wasp Nest from Forming
If you are terrified of wasps, which let's face it most of us are, then you'll want to do whatever you can to prevent a wasp nest from forming. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do.
Cover Your Compost. If you make your own compost for gardening then you're likely to attract some unwanted bugs into your garden, especially if you don't cover it up. Thus, make sure that your compost is covered up so that you don't have to deal with wasps.
Don't Kill Wasps. When you're outside relaxing in the sun and a wasp starts bothering you, your first instinct will be to kill the wasp. Fight this instinct and leave the wasp to do its own thing. The reason for this is that when you kill a wasp, the pheromone is released from their body and the scent of this chemical can attract more wasps to your garden. If there's a wasp nest in your neighbour's garden then you risk having it migrate into yours.
Double Bag Food That You Throw Out. Wasps are attracted to sweet-smelling foods, specifically the protein-filled foods. If you are throwing out a lot of food then make sure that you double bag the trash bag so that the smell is contained better and this will decrease the chances of wasps being attracted to it.
Wasp Nest Conclusion
As horrifying as it might be to deal with, getting rid of a wasp nest doesn't have to be a difficult job. Sure, it can be scary if you aren't prepared properly but if you take the time to get yourself the right equipment and you examine the wasp nest beforehand, you can get rid of the nest effectively without getting attacked. For those who aren't able to take care of a wasp nest, don't hesitate to call pest control who are more than capable of dealing with it for you.