If you have ever had a wasp nest in your house you will be more than aware of how much damage they can cause.
Last year we were invaded by a colony that gained access and built their nest adjacent to our main bedroom ceiling. Like most, we thought they would eventually leave but the noise got louder and louder and eventually, we noticed a small hole appearing. Luckily we sort professional assistance before the matter got too bad.
Wasps are territorial and will attack anything that invades their space, so it’s important to take precautions when trying to find the safest way to remove a wasp nest.
If the nest isn’t too big or high up, here are some tips on how to safely remove one from your garden.
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What seasons do wasps appear?
If you have a wasp nest in your garden and are thinking about how to safely remove it, then this is the article for you. It’s important to remember that while yellow jackets can be annoying, they also provide some useful environmental benefits such as helping pollinate plants and eating insects harmful to flowers. However, if some wasps have decided to build their home on top of yours, then it might be time for them to find another place!
So why do we need wasps?
Wasp’s are important for pollinating plants and helping to keep the natural environment in balance. They eat pests that can destroy trees, crops, flowers etc which is a real lifesaver!
A world without wasps would mean a sharp increase in other pesky insects such as mosquitoes, flies and ticks. This would be a serious problem for humans who need to protect themselves against diseases these insects carry such as malaria or Lyme disease.
A world without wasps would also mean that there will be insect-borne plant pests proliferating unchecked because the natural predators of these plants are no longer around in sufficient numbers.
Wasps play an important role in our ecosystem so it’s best not to get rid of them!
Contrary to popular belief yellow jackets do eat other insects too, including garden pests like caterpillars which can chew up your delicious veggies before they mature into food fit for human consumption.
What attracts wasps in the first place?
In the summer, wasps are attracted to sugary substances like jam, honey and sweet foods. This can also include anything that is fermenting such as fruit or wine.
Wasps and hornets will investigate any food source they come across in the area where their wasp nest is located. If you notice a wasp hovering around your picnic table then it’s likely because there may be some sugar on the surface of your plate or other items so make sure you wipe down with water after eating if not using paper plates/napkins which don’t leave behind any residue at all.
What makes wasps sting people?
The victims of a wasp sting, for the most part, are children. Sometimes they will be stung by accident and other times because they intentionally or inadvertently disturb their nest.
Wasps and hornets have venom that is injected into the victim with each sting which can cause swelling in localized areas as well as an allergic reaction to people who may not usually experience this type of hypersensitivity. If you notice any signs of an adverse reaction then try applying ice packs until it subsides before seeking medical help.
Where do wasps usually build nests?
A wasp nest is usually built in exposed areas, such as on a tree branch or the eaves of your home. They also like to find dark places that are sheltered from rain and wind where wasps can nest undisturbed. If you see wasp activity around light fixtures, vents, roof lines or doorways then this is probably their location of choice for nesting thus it is important to act quickly before an infestation develops!
Can I get rid of a wasp nest myself?
A wasp nest can be annoying… If you have a small infestation of wasps close to your home, then it may be possible for you to safely get rid of wasps nests yourself. You can use an insecticide that is specifically designed for killing wasps or even some household items like boiling water, dish soap and vinegar.
Another way to do this would be by using a vacuum cleaner with attachments on either end; one attachment will create suction while the other provides airflow which is essential in removing them from their hiding places!
However, if there is any possibility of encountering multiple nests together, then please seek professional help as they have the tools needed to deal with such situations swiftly without causing further damage.
Should you get rid of old wasp nests?
Yes! An old wasp nest can be moved and stored for later use. Ideally, the nest should be placed in a dry place that is not exposed to sunlight or rain as these conditions could cause it to rot.
If you cannot find a new location then keep it in an airtight sealed container such as Tupperware, with holes poked into either end of the lid so that fresh air can circulate at all times.
It’s important to note that this process will lower its potency over time; however, some people store old nests specifically because they have been diluted rather than strengthened by age – which may suit your needs if you’re looking for less potent but still effective treatment options.
Should I get a local professional to get rid of a wasp nest?
Depending on the size of the wasp nest, as well as how far away it is from your home and other buildings, a local professional may be worth considering. If you have children or pets in the house who might disturb any wasps that remain after removal (or if there are people with bad allergies nearby), then hiring someone qualified to handle them can save everyone some worry.
Professional pest control companies will know what steps they need to take to ensure that no wasps escape into your property – and this part is very important because otherwise, homeowners are at risk of being stung by angry wasps afterwards! They also tend to provide additional services like general bug inspection which could help you identify potential problems before they happen.
How do you keep wasps from coming back?
The most common reason for waps returning is because the wasp nest was not fully removed during the first visit. It’s possible that some individual nests were missed or there may be a new wasp nest close by which has been overlooked nearby.
Here’s what you can do to lower the chances of wasps and hornets returning:
- Get rid of wasps nests and any other places where they can nest.
- Maintain your garden by removing trash, old plants, or anything else that could be a potential nesting site for yellow jackets.
- Use pesticides if necessary to eradicate the insects from these areas.
- Make sure there is nothing left in your yard that would provide shelter for them including piles of leaves or debris close to the ground.
We hope this article has given you more insight on how to get rid of a wasp nest and that you feel more confident going forward. Make sure to keep yourself safe when attempting to remove a wasp nest on your own, and if you have any questions about how to do so, then please reach out to a professional. Good luck with removing those wasps!