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Ouch! I’ve Been Stung! How to Approach a Wasp Nest Safely

Despite their intimidating presence and over all bad wrap, wasps are not inherently bad animals. They do serve a useful purpose when it comes to keeping smaller insects at bay that can cause home and garden damage. However, Mother Nature does not always keep its distance, which is why removing a wasp nest is an often required task. If you are going to attempt to remove one of these nests, be sure to do so the right way. Unlike honeybees, wasps do not die after stinging their victims. Their stingers are permanently attached, which means they can and will attack repeatedly if threatened. Aside from being very painful, people who are allergic to bee stings can quickly find themselves in trouble in such situations.

It is always important to take the proper precautions when working around bees, so make sure you have the right equipment and help on hand. Removing a wasp nest will require quickness and accuracy, as this is exactly how these animals will respond when bothered. Simply put, there is a right and wrong way to eliminate these pests. With all home pest control methods, it pays to take your time and do your research. Here are some helpful tips for getting rid of a wasp nest without getting stung. In the end, the safest and most effective way to remove a wasp nest is hiring a pest control specialist.

How to remove a wasp nest 

  • Dress appropriately; while you probably won’t have access to a beekeeper’s suit, wearing multiple layers of thick clothing will keep wasp stingers from penetrating your skin. Wear thick gloves and don’t forget to bind your hand and leg cuffs to keep wasps from getting inside.
  • Wait until evening to perform the job; wasps are most active during the day, so waiting until about an hour after the sun has set is ideal. The nest will be relatively dormant, although you will likely startle a few from their slumber.
  • A tried and true home pest control method is the use of a pesticide; spray the nest adequately and wait a few minutes for the wasps to die. Bear in mind that as soon as you do this, the animals will become aggravated. Wasps release pheromones when distressed, which in turn works to attract other wasps in the area to the signal. This is a defensive mechanism that you do not want to fall victim to.
  • If you wish to refrain from chemical-based applications, one effective alternative would be to drown the wasps. Do not attempt to do this alone; make sure you have a friend for assistance. Take a plastic bag and wrap it around the nest. Once you have tied the bag, cut the stem with pruning shears and immediately place the covered nest in a bucket of water. This will in effect kill the animals and will keep them from flying out. A thick garbage bag is recommended, as wasps are very capable of chewing through material.
  • Sometime home pest control is not enough; if you have a wasp nest that is in a difficult to reach place, or you do not want to take the chance of being stung, it would be wise to hire a pest control professional.

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