Wasps start to become more active the deeper we get into summer and fall, but how can you safely remove wasp nests, or should you even attempt to do it on your own? This post covers the top 3 wasp nest removal tips.
You’ll want a planned escape route for safe wasp removal
Wasps tend to build their nests in hard to reach areas, often in places like eaves, in trees, under siding, and sometimes even underground. With their nests being hard to get at, it often means getting in close to remove wasp nests.
Handle these situations with care. We typically recommend having a trained pest control professional remove wasp nests as stings can be extremely painful, and if you are allergic, deadly.
If you are attempting a wasp nest removal on your own, you’ll definitely want to have an escape route mapped out before attempting to remove the wasp nest. Sometimes, thinking through the route helps avoid bad decisions such as swinging at an active nest while perched on a pitched roof. What feels secure and safe to you now will likely change when angry yellow jackets decide to take revenge on anything near their wrecked home.
Wasps will become very aggressive in protecting their nests and will sting you. Not only that, but wasps also often work in swarms and will sting and attack in large groups. This increases the danger level of attempting to remove wasp nests on your own.
Having a designated game plan in advance of where you will run or escape from the wasps should be in place before attempting removal of a wasp nest.
Wear protective gear before attempting a wasp nest removal
As we discussed, wasp attacks are no joke; they can be aggressive and attack in large numbers, and in some cases even be deadly. You’ll want to wear as much protective gear as possible before attempting to remove a wasp nest.
We recommend hiring a pest control service like us at Rove Pest Control for removing a wasp nest as we already have the necessary gear to protect our technicians. Attempting removal of a wasp nest on your own, would most likely require you to purchase a bee suit, or other specific protective gear, otherwise you could leave yourself vulnerable.
Shorts and a T-shirt isn’t much to keep you safe from wasps, so gear up before you head out. At a very minimum you’ll want to wear long pants, boots, a long sleeve shirt, gloves, and preferably a hooded sweatshirt. The big piece to pay attention to is open seams between articles of clothing that will allow a wasp to enter and crawl up trapping itself between clothing and skin.
We recommend covering your face with a protective mask. Protective eye-wear is also recommended like safety goggles. Even with this gear, you still may get stung, so attempt a wasp nest removal at your own risk.
Treat the wasp nest first before attempting to remove the wasp nest
When and how you attempt to remove the wasp nest is important and you’ll want to reduce your chances of getting attacked as much as possible. The first thing we recommend doing is treating the nest with a pest control product before any removal is attempted.
If you are able to kill off many of the wasps first, or to stun them with a pest control product before you attempt to remove it, it will make the removal process much safer.
Unfortunately, not all pest control products are created equal. Many over the counter pest control products will either not work fast enough, or only work on direct contact and won’t have any residual life.
If not applied directly to wasps in the right way, the products could be less effective or not effective at all. This is another reason we recommend reaching out to a pest control service to safely remove wasp nests.
After applying the pest control products to the wasp nest, and following the other tips you’ll want to attempt to remove the nest. We recommend doing this either early morning or at night when the wasps are less active if you are doing this on your own.
Wasps are less active very early in the morning as well as in the night. You can have a higher chance of catching a majority of the nest sleeping when removing the nest at those times.
Applying these top 3 tips on wasp nest removal can help keep you safer while getting rid of wasps. However, we do recommend leaving wasp removal to the pros as wasps can be extremely dangerous without the proper tools, products, or training.
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