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5 Steps to Getting Rid of a Wasp Nest

I recently got the opportunity to do some vehicle shuffling with our top technician trainer in Minnesota. During the ride, he mentioned he would be training a pair of newer team members on proper wasp nest removal techniques. While this happens multiple times a day in the life of a technician, I was excited to learn they were tackling a bald faced hornets nest. Let’s explore the 5 steps to getting rid of a wasp nest.

A beautiful bald faced hornet nest in my friend’s tree

Bald Faced Hornets

Bald faced hornets are large wasps that build a nest quickly. Additionally, they build up a large population quite rapidly. They typically build their nests into landscaping, but this one was going to be on the home just above a bush. I rearranged my schedule to join in the fun.

A bald faced hornet big enough to throw a saddle on and go for a ride

The Steps to Getting Rid of a Wasp Nest

Bald faced hornets working on their structure
  1. Find the nest before you get stung – sometimes this is easier said than done. Our customers appreciate that we are regularly inspecting for them so they don’t have to.
  2. Use the proper apparel – I personally don’t mind tackling a wasp nest removal in a speedo, but protective equipment allows for less adrenaline and more precision in the equation (not to mention less pain).
  3. Apply product to the natural opening – keep in mind that some nests, especially ground nests, may have multiple entrances.
  4. Puncture the nest to apply product to other areas – even if you are a master dust applicator, the tiers of combs can block a large portion of the nest from being affected
  5. Knock down the nest, remove the remnants, and leave the site as pretty as possible. This may take a couple of passes and allowance of time for the wasps to die or evacuate the area.
Make an additional hole (or several depending on size)
Apply product to the entrance points
Cleaning up the area after the process in the security of proper PPE

Alternative Methods for Getting Rid of a Wasp Nest

  1. I have always enjoyed sneaking up and removing the nest without applying any products. This usually gives a huge rush and plenty of entertainment from customers who like to watch an odd show.
  2. Waiting for winter. I like to observe wasps and study their behavior. Whenever we get them at our house, I try and convince the kids to let it be until winter. This argument usually loses steam really quickly. They eventually convince me we have to take into account the loss of playing territory and the risk of stings.
Fascinating mouth parts that look like they belong in a sci-fi movie

The ONE Step Process to Getting Rid of Wasp Nests

  1. Have Rove Pest Control take care of it. Seriously, I used to enjoy working on my own vehicles. Now I realize that my time is better spent playing with my kids and playing with bugs when they get bored of me. Spend your time doing you and let us take care of the pests!