Yards and homes are not suitable environments for a wasp nest, especially since wasps can get disturbed easily and sting. This is why it’s for your best to remove a wasp nest if there is one in or around your home. Here are some tips on how to remove a wasp nest effectively!
Identifying a Wasp Nest
Before you do anything, make sure what you’re dealing with is in a fact a wasp’s nest. Before you tackle the nest, it’s important to know what species of wasp are you dealing with.
- Paper wasps are large with long legs and bodies. Their bodies are dark brown in color with black wings. Their nest is large and exposed and looks somewhat like an upside down umbrella. It’s made from plant material, but appears to be made from paper, and it has open combs with cells.
- Yellow jackets have a body that is usually black and yellow or black and white in color. They build paper-looking nests in protected areas, like cavities in the ground or wall voids.
- Hornets are the largest type of wasp. The bald-faced hornet is the most common and it is easy to identify it since it has white markings on its head and thorax. They also build paper-like nests in tree trunks and wall cavities.
Places to Inspect
If you are constantly harassed by wasps when you’re outside in your yard, or you are discovering wasps inside your home, it’s most likely that the nest is near. The first place to look is around the outside of your home and in obvious places in your yard like branches of the trees. Sometimes it’s hard to spot a wasp’s nest since they usually build them in sheltered areas. If you can’t locate a nest but continue to have a wasp problem, you should call a pest control professional for further investigation.
The Dangers of a Wasp Nest Close to a Home
Wasps can be extremely dangerous, especially for people who are allergic to their stings. Unlike bees, wasps can sting multiple times, which makes them even more undesirable to have around. If you’re allergic to wasp stings, we highly recommend you refrain from attempting to handle wasp nest removal on your own.
Tips on How to Get Rid of Wasps
If you decide to attempt to remove a wasp nest on your own, make sure to follow these tips:
- Wear protective clothing and a mask.
- If you’re using a pesticide spray, make sure to obtain a professional opinion before using it.
- Nests built inside your home and structures are hard to remove as well as dangerous. If you don’t know how to remove a wasp nest properly, that can cause problems since they can chew their way into the interior of the house. In this case, you should call a professional to remove the nest.
- When you use sprays for a wasp nest, it’s necessary to repeat the process twice or even more times until you’re certain the nest has been destroyed.
Calling a professional should be your first option when you notice a wasp nest since they can be extremely dangerous if you disturb their nest and try to remove it yourself.
Proudly serving the greater Chicagoland area in Illinois and southeast Wisconsin, the professional exterminators at Aerex Pest Control understand the habits of different species of wasps and use that knowledge when developing a wasp control program that is best suited to your home and your particular problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators. Call today for your free consultation 847-255-8888 or click here for a free quick quote.