In many areas of the world when the weather gets warm and dry, wasps like to start building nests. Human homes provide many places for wasps to build their nests, and often come with the added benefit of providing food. Removing nests yourself can be dangerous, but it can be done safely if you use the right methods. Once you've removed all the wasps from your area, you can set about trying to deter any more from sticking around.
Removing a wasp nest is dangerous because many species of wasps can sting multiple times, unlike bees, and they also like to swarm anyone attacking their nests. Before you make any attempts, you should make sure you are adequately prepared.
- Clothing: Wear a long-sleeved and collared shirt and long pants, as well as socks, shoes and gloves. Protective eyewear and face coverings are a good idea as well. For extra security, put tape over where your pants meet your shoes and where your sleeves meet your gloves.
- Materials: Wasps can be killed by something as simple as soap and water. Soap weighs the wasps down, and they will drown or suffocate. If you want to remove an entire nest, wasps and all, use a large garbage bag to cover the entire nest, then immediately zip-tie is shut.
- Time: The best time to attack a wasp nest is in the evening or early morning, as this is when wasps are docile and sleeping. There is less of a chance they will attack then.
Use the soap and water mixture in a spray bottle and coat the entrance to the nest so none of the wasps can escape, then spray inside repeatedly to make sure you've got most of them. Then, quickly move the nest into a sealed bag and dispose of it.
Sealing Your Home
Wasps are annoying when they nest outside on your roof or deck, but even worse if they find their way inside. For this reason, you should take care to properly seal your home.
To do this, take caulk and make sure that the frames of all your doors and windows are properly sealed. If your house's siding uses slats, make sure there are no holes in or between the slats.
Next, look up in your attic. This is often an easy place to get to because of attic vents, so if you have any vents with wide openings, cover them with insect mesh.
Keep Wasps Away
There are a few tricks you can use to keep wasps from nesting in or around your home.
The first step is to make mimic wasp nests by crumpling up brown paper bags and hanging them from your roof in various areas. Wasps won't nest where other wasps already live, so they'll steer clear.
The second step is to set up a cucumber border around your house or play area. Yes, the vegetable. Slice up some cucumbers and lay the slices on the ground a few feet apart around whatever you want the wasps to stay away from. The wasps don't like the vegetable's acidic content and will stay away.
Don't Become Appealing
Wasps constantly look for places to nest that have access to food and water. By making sure there is no easily accessible food and water nearby, you'll make them search elsewhere.
- Seal your trash cans tightly to prevent wasps from getting inside and eating leftover food.
- Avoid leaving out drinks, especially sugary drinks.
- Avoid leaving out food, especially anything high in protein.
The same goes for inside your house. Keep things tidy and dry, and it's unlikely that wasps will come into your home with the intention of making a nest. For further assistance, contact a local pest control company.