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Stirring Up A Wasp's Nest: How To Remove Pesky Wasps From Your Eaves

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Although wasps have a role in controlling insect larvae populations, they can be quite a nuisance themselves since they can sting multiple times, unlike honeybees. And according to Schmidt's "Pain Index of Stings," a wasp's sting is caustic and quite painful compared to other pests. So if you've noticed a wasp's nest developing under your eaves, now is the time to act. As long as you don't have serious allergies and can properly prepare, you can try some DIY removal methods first before contacting a professional.

Preparation

Before you even go near the nest, you should wear a thick, long-sleeved shirt that can tucked in with a belt, as well as long pants that can be tucked into your socks. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and pick up a gardening veil and gloves from a home improvement store to protect your face and extremities.

If you have the proper clothing to protect your whole body, you can then approach the nest. The best time to attempt removal is either in the very early morning or very late in the evening. Both of these times are when wasps are typically inactive and resting. However, if you do tackle the nest at night, make sure you are using dim porch lights or a flashlight with a bluish tint since wasps, like many other bugs, can be attracted to bright lights. Two methods you can try are natural-ingredient sprays and water traps.

Use Natural Ingredients

If you are worried about pesticides or harsh chemicals around your children and/or pets, you can try some natural options. Some sprays contain mineral oils, canola oils, and peppermint oils. These oils act like a poison to the wasps so you can either buy a mix at the store, or combine a spray bottle of water with a few drops of oil. If you don't have oil on hand, a few drops of dish soap can work too.

Once you have a mixture, be sure to lay a tarp or towel underneath the nest to catch run-off. Then stand a safe distance away from the nest (but not so far so that you can't spray it well). Make sure the wind is at your back and then spray your natural ingredients on the nest until it is completely drenched. The nest should dissolve and drop off. If pieces of the nest are stuck, you can use a broom to knock debris down to be disposed of. If the nest doesn't drop off at all, climb a ladder and tie a large plastic bag around the nest before pulling it off. The bag will protect you from wasps and help to drown the wasps and keep the nest submerged.

Make a Homemade Water Trap

If there are too many wasps for you to feel safe removing the nest, you can make a homemade water trap out of the following:

  • An old water jug or plastic milk carton

  • A utility blade

  • Sugar

  • Packing tape

Basically you will cut the water jug in half and then invert the top so the spout will become the trap entrance. You will use the tape to secure these pieces together. Then you will fill the trap with some sugar and water. Before placing your trap, make sure you have a good idea of where the wasps typically hang out in your yard. Ideally the wasps will be attracted the sweet water and climb down the inverted plastic top. Once they are inside the carton, it will be difficult for them to fly out and they will drown. If this method works for you, you'll be able to safely remove the wasp nest. Make sure you cover up any garbage, pet food, or snacks so that the wasps go towards the trap and not to other possible meals.

If you are stung, be sure to wash your wound with water and an antihistamine cream. Of course, exercise caution if there are too many wasps or more than one nest. Although DIY methods can be useful, you may want to contact a pest control company like Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services if there are too many wasps.

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18 August 2016