How to Remove Wasp Nest

  • Step 1

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The first thing you should do is verify the type of wasp you are dealing with. You will want to make sure they can be removed from the area you are working on. Also verify the type of removal you are wanting to use (poison or natural) will work for the type of wasp and area you are working on.

  • Step 2


If you are using a spray to remove the wasp make sure you read the instructions carefully. Also read the directions prior to going near the wasp nest. Some sprays work better in the evening and for best results and general safety for yourself follow the directions on the spray exactly.

  • Step 3


Make sure you have an escape route if you are suddenly swarmed by the wasp you are attempting to get rid of. Will you be able to take cover in the house? A garage? Will the door be blocked by angry wasps leaving you outside to fight them off?

  • Step 4


If the spray does not suggest a proper time to treat the wasp nest you should follow the general behavior of the wasp. They tend to go to the nest in the evening hours when the temperature starts to cool off. You should use this time to treat the nest as there will be more opportunity to kill the unwanted pest than when they are all off doing their daily work and the nest is empty. Just removing the nest will not rid you of the problem, they will rebuild if they are not dealt with.

  • Step 5


Make sure your body is protected from the wasp and the spray. Try putting on an extra layer of old clothes (old ones that you don’t mind getting the spray on). Try to find something that will cover as much skin as possible. Also eye protection is a good idea to avoid any spray getting into your eyes.

  • Step 6


Make sure everyone is clear of the area before starting to spray. The wasps will be mad and will attempt to sting anything around them. Children and animals should be completely out of the area. Also make sure others around you are aware you are about to begin spraying the wasp.

  • Step 7


Once you are completely prepared you should position yourself close enough to the nest so that the spray can make contact but far enough so that you are not going to have the wasps falling on you. There are several good wasp sprays out that have a long stream distance. These are great because they give you distance between the wasps and your location. Never stand directly under the nest.

  • Step 8


After you have sprayed the wasp nest thoroughly leave the area and let the poison do its work. Some poisons suggest leaving the nest alone for several hours or overnight after you initially spray it. This allows the wasps to completely die and also gives a chance for any wasps that are not in the nest during the spraying to become victim to the poison.

  • Step 9


When removing the nest make sure to observe from a distance first to ensure all the wasps are gone. Use a stick or broom to gently push the nest from whatever it is attached to. If there are any live wasps they will fly out of the nest at this point so make sure you have your clear escape path and all innocent potential victims out of harms way. Once the nest is on the ground use your broom and brush it into a plastic bag where it can be tightly tied and discarded. Keep in mind some sprays have special instructions for removing the nest after it has been sprayed with the poison. If you are using a poison that is harmful to the environment make sure you follow these instructions.

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