Wasp removal may not be a top priority for you until you or one of your loved ones is stung by one. Not too long ago, my wife and I were enjoying a beautiful summer day on the beach. When it was time to leave, I slipped on my sandals, and I felt a sharp pain in the big toe of my left foot. When I pulled my foot out of the sandal, I saw a wasp or a Yellowjacket. I have been stung by bees before, but not wasps. While a bee can only sting once, hornets can sting repeatedly. Let me tell you; the pain was agonizing. Wasp stings are full of venom, which makes them extremely painful. What’s worse, Yellowjackets can sting multiple times, and sometimes they do. This painful experience got me thinking about wasp removal.
Wasp stings can be excruciating and sometimes even life-threatening if the sting happens in the throat, nose or mouth, so I did little research about wasp removal. The good news is that for most homeowners, wasp removal doesn’t have to be complicated. There are simple yet effective methods to get rid of wasps from your yard or your house. Wasp removal can be as easy as spraying the wasp nest with some soapy water. However, wasps, hornets, and Yellowjackets are dangerous pests. Therefore, wasp removal requires the appropriate protective gear and an escape route if the hornets turn on you. And, it doesn’t matter how much you want to get rid of wasps on your property; there are times when the smartest thing to do is hire a wasp removal professional.
What is the easiest way to get rid of wasps?
One of the easiest ways to get rid of wasps is to use wasp traps. Wasps traps are common because they are an effective way to get rid of wasps in your yard. The wasp trap has a liquid that attracts insects. Once the wasps crawl into the wasp trap, they cannot get out. One negative side effect of using wasp traps is that they are unsightly to look at since all the dead wasps are inside. Therefore, it’s best to hang the traps away from our outdoor living space and replace them often.
What kills wasps instantly?
Pesticides, specially designed to remove wasps, kill wasps instantly. Wasp insecticides are sold in cans that spray at a long distance. This is important for creating sufficient space between you and the hornets. Make sure to wear protective gear and take all precautions to avoid contact with the poison while spraying.
DIY wasp nest removal
There are countless examples when a DIY wasp nest removal has gone wrong. Wasps are aggressive creatures, especially when you try to get rid of them. Hornets, wasps, and Yellowjackets require little to no aggravation to attack. Therefore, a DIY wasp nest removal can cost you both physically and financially. That’s why DIY wasp nest removal is not advised. But, if you are still convinced that you want to remove a wasp nest without the help of a professional exterminator, it is recommended that you:
- Understand the risks involved with wasp removal.
- Have a plan
- Make and plan to remove wasps.
- Have an exit strategy in case wasps attack.
- Time the wasp removal. It’s best to remove the wasp nest at night. Wasps are more docile during the night, and they are less likely to sting when disturbed.
- Always wear protective gear covering face, hands, arms, legs, hands, and feet.
- Never try to remove a wasp nest with a baseball bat. It’s a bad idea.
- Avoid using lanterns and torches. Lighting will alert the wasps to what you are doing.
- Keep people and pets at a safe distance. If possible, make sure they are inside the house with the doors and windows shut.
How to remove a wasp nest?
Remove the wasp nest when it’s dark, during the evening hours. Approach the nest quietly and carefully. Have a full can of insecticide handy to spray on the wasp nest before removing it.
It is important to note that if the nest is in a hard-to-reach area such as high in a tree or under the rain gutters, it’s best NOT to remove the wasp nest yourself as this could lead to severe injuries. Also, if you are allergic to wasp stings, don’t attempt wasp removal.
Do wasp sprays work?
If you’re noticing an active wasp nest around your house, get rid of the wasps by spraying the nest with store-bought wasp nest spray. Wasps are dangerous. Therefore, it’s critical to wear protective clothing and spray the nest late in the evening. In the evening, the wasps are dormant, and the workers and queen are all inside the hive.
If you feel that the wasps are too close for comfort, buy a wasp spray with a nozzle that allows you to spray from a safe distance. It’s not enough to spray once to get rid of wasps. You need to re-spray the nest repeatedly over several days if required.
Protect yourself before you kill wasps
Before you get rid of wasps, you should be aware of several important facts:
- Death to the wasps may not be instant. The stinging insects are going to get mad when you try to kill them. Wearing protective gear and keeping your family and pets out of the way is critical.
- If the soap and water solution isn’t soapy enough, it may not work. Also, if the sprayer isn’t powerful enough, it may not be effective.
- If you are spraying a wasp nest, you may not hit all of the insects. The wasps you couldn’t reach with the spray are likely to sting. If you wear protective gear, you can continue spraying. Because you won’t get to all of them at the same time, it’s important to spray them multiple times.
How to get rid of wasps nest naturally?
If you want to get rid of wasps nest naturally, you can use a simple soap and water solution. Mix a couple of tablespoons of soap with a couple of cups of water. Before you start spraying, sequester your family and pets in a safe place, far from the nest. You should also cover yourself from head to toe with protective clothing. Also, make sure no pedestrians or neighbors are in the area. Use a spray bottle to get rid of a wasps nest naturally. The soap and water solution kills the wasps by clogging their breathing pores.
How to get rid of a wasp nest in the roof?
Safety is important if you want to get rid of wasps or Yellowjackets in the roof. Especially since wasps can sting multiple times, their sting can trigger an allergic or panic reaction.
The first step when trying to get rid of wasps in the roof is to locate the wasp nest. Often, homeowners notice wasps enter the roof through the soffit. Many times, wasps are in the eaves immediately above the soffit. Sometimes, the wasps will be in the rafter of the attic.
You can use wasp killer or water to get rid of a wasp nest in the roof of your house. You can spray a visible wasp nest in the eaves after you remove the soffit. Don’t use a pressure washer. It may damage the roof. Instead, use the high-velocity setting on the nozzle. Keep spraying the wasp nest until it’s completely soaked. Wear protective gear and plan an escape route in case you are attacked.
Wasp removal cost
Sometimes the only way to get rid of wasps is to hire a professional exterminator.
Homeowners can easily spot a wasp infestation. If you notice Yellowjackets or wasps flying around your yard or house, generally around food sources like exposed trash, there’s a good chance that a wasp nest is nearby.
In some cases, you may see a wasps nest. But often, wasps will build their nests underground. And other times, wasps may build their nest inside the walls of your house. If the nest is easily accessible, you may try to remove the wasp nest yourself. But wasps are dangerous, and a pest control company can get rid of a wasp infestation safely for you.
The cost of wasp removal can be as low as a couple of hundreds of dollars. But, if there is a severe wasp infestation combined with some hard-to-reach areas, the cost could be above one thousand dollars.
East wasp removal costs less money. A wasp nest located inside the chimney or a three-story building will cost more than removing one on the side of a small shed.
The following factors will influence the cost of wasp removal:
- Species of wasps – Yellowjackets and bald-faced hornets are very aggressive, and they are the most expensive to remove.
- Severity of infestation – The more wasps you need to remove, the more work it is.
- Size of the wasp nest – Larger wasp nests are harder to remove.
- Location of the nest
- Height of the wasp nest
- Difficulty of getting access to the wasps
- Hidden areas like a wall, chimney or attic
- Treatment used influences the cost of wasp removal.
How do I get rid of wasps for free?
You can get rid of wasps for free by making your own wasp trap. All you need is a plastic soda bottle, a two-liter bottle would work. Cut the top off. Add a little fruit juice or jam to the bottom of the bottle. You can also add a few spoons of sugar. Dilute it with a cup of water. Mix it all together. Then, take the top – the part you cut off the bottle earlier – and squeeze it in. The top part should point upside down with the bottle cap off. The top should fit snuggly. Once the wasps climb down through the small opening, they cannot get back out.
Can I get rid of wasps myself?
If you have Yellowjackets in your yard, you can dig them up. Wasps are very aggressive, unlike honeybees. Yellowjackets can sting you multiple times, so you have to be careful when you try to get rid of them.
Start by spraying the hole in the ground before you dig up the wasp nest. Spray inside the opening of the hornets’ nest. After you have sprayed, use a shovel to dig them up.
What’s the best homemade wasp trap?
All you need is a plastic container – a bowl, bucket, or tub – that will hold water. On top of the container, you will need a wood board. The board doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just make sure it reaches across the top of the plastic container.
The board has a simple function, to hold the bait. For bait, you’ll need meat. For example, a chicken carcass will work well. Wasps love meat, and it will attract a lot of them. Attach the meat to the side that is facing down with some screws or nails.
The wasps will grab a piece of meat upside down. Then, with the piece of meat, they’ll drop a few inches before taking off. There will be water with some liquid dish soap in the plastic container about an inch below the bait. That way, when the wasps want to take off with the meat, they’ll drop in the water and ultimately drown. Because of the soap in the water, the wasps won’t be able to swim and will die faster. With this homemade trap, you could catch hundreds of Yellowjackets in a few hours.