How to get rid of a wasp nest

Learn how to get rid of a wasp nest safely with our key dos and don’ts.

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plastic gloves and mask for getting rid of a wasp nest

Key steps

  • Call a professional.
  • If you do get rid of the nest yourself, only approach it at night.
  • Try homemade remedies like eucalyptus oil or a peppermint oil, white vinegar water and washing-up liquid spray.
  • Don’t be afraid to use insecticides.
  • Try to prevent wasps’ nests being built in early spring.

No one wants to have a wasp nest in or near their home, but trying to remove a nest without the right preparation, cautions and, preferably, professional help, is a dangerous idea. Here we will provide advice on how to remove a wasp nestsafely, with some important dos and don’ts.

While it is possible to get rid of a wasp nest yourself, the safest, quickest, most efficient way to rid yourself of these stinging pests is to call a professional.

How to remove a wasp nest: The dos and don’ts of safe wasp nest removal

Whether you want to know how to get rid of a wasp nest naturally,or simply want to know the safest removal technique, these dos and don’ts will tell you everything you need to know.

  • DO contact a professional.The safest and easiest way to get rid of unwanted pests such as wasps is to ensure that you call in professional pest control. They will have the proper equipment and know the safest way to remove wasps quickly and efficiently.
  • DO discourage wasps from building nests in the first place. Wasps start to build their nests in early springtime. Keep an eye out for any nests and knock them down ASAP. If they have just begun to form, they will be less populated and thus easier to remove safely. For more preventative methods, visit our guide to keeping wasps away from your garden.
  • DO try out some natural remedies for getting rid of wasps. If you want to know how to get rid of a wasp nest naturally, you may be able to tackle the problem with some natural ingredients around the house.
    • Create a homemade spray and spray the nest at night. Mix equal parts water and white vinegar and add around 20 drops of peppermint oil and a teaspoon of washing up liquid.
    • Use eucalyptus oil liberally on rags or kitchen towel placed around the nest. Wasps do not like the smell and will, in time vacate and move on. Add new eucalyptus oil every other day until all the wasps have left the nest, then remove the empty nest.
  • DON’T let children or pets go near the nest. The most important safety concern when dealing with a wasp nest is your children and pets. Wasp stings are always unpleasant and can occasionally pose a serious health risk.
  • DON’T try to tackle a wasp nest during the day, as the wasps will be at their most active. If you are determined to remove the wasp nest on your own, follow the steps below. Be aware that even at night, doing it yourself poses a risk of wasp stings.
    • You need a heavy, sealable plastic bag. A heavy-duty bin bag will do the trick.
    • Only approach the nest at night.
    • Being very careful not to knock or disturb the nest, wrap the bag around it.
    • Cut down the nest and quickly seal the top of the bag.
    • Freeze the nest or leave it in the sun.
    • Both methods will kill the wasps inside the bag, after which you can dispose of the bag and nest together.
  • DON’T be afraid to consider using an insecticide. Although natural options are preferred by many, sometimes an insecticide will work best for big infestations. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label and don’t forget to knock down and remove the nest afterwards. Failure to remove the nest could leave to new infestations.
With these dos and don’ts, you’ve got all the information you need to get rid of a wasp nest safely.

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