wasp-killerThe best way to get rid of a wasp nest is to destroy their nest. Wasp season extends from around May to late October. Typically it is safer to remove a wasp nest in the spring while the queen is just beginning to build the nest. When the nest is small and easily accessible here is a simple, effective way to remove it.

  • Wear Protective clothing including gloves
  • Attach a piece of duct tape along sides and bottom of container with enough length extended to tape to ceiling.
  • Put a little wasp spray such as Heavy Weight Wasp & Hornet Killer into the bottom of a plastic container.
  • Attach a piece of duct tape along sides and bottom of container with enough length extended to tape to ceiling.
  • After dark, when wasps are less active, just tape container over the nest. The next morning, remove the container, nest and carcasses in the trash.

Rescue Trapstik Wasp TrapIf you wait until fall, it is much more hazardous to remove the nest, as there are so many more wasps to contend with. It might just be better to wait after the weather freezes, and then you can remove the nest after the wasps have died. If you are being bothered by wasps in late fall and are uncomfortable removing the nest. You can set out a wasp trap near the wasp nest to trap and reduce the colony.

 

General Guidelines to Tackling the Dreaded Wasp Nest

Wear lots of protective clothing

Protect yourself from angry flying wasps. Wear long pants, long shirt with long sleeves, socks and shoes, scarf around your neck and face and a hat. You want to keep as much of yourself covered as possible to prevent the possibility of a bad sting.

Wait until night

Wasps prefer not to fly at night, so they should be in the nest. They are less active and their reaction time is slower. Approach the nest very carefully when it is dark outside. Never try to remove a nest in the middle of the day. Just in case, have a can of aerosol wasp spray in hand to help deter them.

Do not use a flashlight

Wasps are attracted to light. If there is not enough light for you to see the wasp nest. You can set a light or flashlight nearby with a red or amber light, if you don’t have that, cover the light with red cellophane, as wasps or insects cannot see red light. This way you can safely see the nest and the wasps can’t see the light. If you have none of these options you can wait until first light in the morning when the wasps are less active.

Destroy the nest

  • Use a pesticide spray specifically for killing wasps.
  • Spray the bottom opening of the nest with a stream of pesticide for about 10 to 15 seconds (or according to the instructions on the can), then quickly leave the area.
  • The next day, view the nest from a safe distance. If you still see wasps flying around the nest, wait until evening and repeat the process.
  • Once you no longer see wasp activity, it should be safe to knock down the nest down using a long stick or pole.
  • Break the nest apart using a long stick.
  • Spray the broken nest pieces again with the wasp spray.
  • Pick up all of the broken nest pieces and dead wasps and throw in garbage can immediately.

When using pesticide sprays, make sure pets and children do not come near the area for at least 24 hours. Also, pick up any dead wasps that fall on the ground so that your pet does not poison themselves if they decide to eat the dead wasp(s)

Warnings: Please use extreme caution as wasps can be very dangerous.

  • Do not spray an already irritated nest. The wasps won’t all be in the nest at the time you initially spray it. Wait a few hours for things to calm down.
  • Leave the nest area immediately after spraying, you don’t want irritated wasps to find you.
  • Only attempt to spray at a wasp nest yourself if the nest is relatively small, in full view and is within reach of a hand-held spray can.

Wasp Prevention

Get Lost Wasp DeterrentDuring the winter months, look around your property for any empty wasp nests. Knock them down and dispose of them. In late winter before wasps come searching for a new nesting ground we recommend placing Get Lost Wasp Deterrent around your property.

Get Lost Wasp is a natural wasp deterrent. Works for wasps and yellow jackets. Simply hang it up. Wasps are very territorial creatures and an average wasp nest has a 200′ territorial radius. Wasps will instinctively flee an area they find to contain an unfamiliar nest. Therefore, it discourages wasps from building other nests close by. Contains 2 simulated wasp nests.

 

 

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