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The Dos and Don’ts of Wasp Nest Removal – Our Guide

The Dos and Don’ts of Wasp Nest Removal – Our Guide

Dealing with any form of pest can be frustrating with each offering their own unique dangers, wasps are no different. Due to being a very family-oriented animal, wasps often come in large groups and will always look to construct a nest to house their young and vulnerable, while this is actually pretty sweet, you certainly don’t want them doing so in your property. When combining their family drive, and a willingness to attack anyone that threatens their location, wasps can pose a major threat to the safety of humans who may live or work close to the nesting location. The danger that they can pose makes them a real challenge to properly remove – especially when not having access to the specialist equipment. As such, we highly recommend that you get a team of professional wasp nest removers to carry out a relocation if you notice that this pest has taken up residence close by.

There are multiple factors that need to be kept in mind when removing a wasp nest in order to ensure your own security and that of those around you, below are some of the most important dos and don’ts.

Things to Do

  • Collect information and data on wasp nest removal. There are plenty of resources online when it comes to pest control and by having a thorough look online you might be able to find tips for your unique wasp nest removal scenario. We also encourage that you get in touch with an expert if you are ever unsure or require support for a safe removal.
  • Select the timing of the removal based on dormancy of the breed. Many types of wasps are less active during the dusk and dawn allowing for a far safer removal process. Ensure that you make this a part of your research as there can be variation between breeds. By doing so, you significantly lower the chances of being attacked as the wasp population goes about its daily routine.
  • While this point may seem a bit obvious, it wouldn’t be a great guide if I didn’t mention it. Wear protective equipment and ensure that it is properly suited to defending against wasp stings. You might also wish to check that it there aren’t any gaps or holes in the protective equipment, wasps are surprisingly nimble and can squeeze through even the smallest gaps. Professionals tend to use industry-leading protective equipment when carrying out removals and while you may not have access to anything as high-level, there is a good reason as to why this is a key part of the process.
  • Ensure that all of the wasps within the nest are either exterminated or relocated before attempting to demolish the nest itself. There’s nothing that’s quite as likely to get them riled up as a hammer coming through their living room wall.
  • Another thing to keep in mind before starting on a wasp nest removal is to ensure you have a safe place to relocate the wasps. While it is not illegal to do so, we highly encourage that you do not destroy a nest unless it poses a threat to the safety of humans. Wasps tend to feed on other pests and can therefore be an asset in nature and should only be exterminated if they are potentially dangerous.
  • Regardless of how confident you are in your nest removal capabilities; you may wish to contact a pest control expert before trying to do anything yourself. Unless you’re an expert with access to market-leading equipment you don’t really have any way of knowing what’s inside the nest and you certainly shouldn’t take the risk.

Things to Avoid Doing

  • Do not mess with the nest, you may want to get more information on how many wasps are inside or how large the nest is but poking and prodding at it is likely only going to anger the occupants. Avoid even getting near the nest if possible. There are guides online that may help you identify the severity of the problem and the type of wasp breed within the nest.
  • Alternatively, do not leave the nest alone for longer periods of time as wasps can multiply at rapid speeds and you may end up with a far more complex removal than you would have had to deal with initially. We recommend you look to implement a solution as soon as the nest begins to form or at the earliest point at which you notice an increase in the pest population.
  • Whatever you do, please do not set the nest on fire. At Willis Pest Control we have encountered people that have tried and it absolutely never goes well. Fire terrifies wasps and draws them out in full attack formation, you want to be far away when that happens.
  • While you might be confident in taking care of it on your own, disposing of a wasp nest should never be done alone and unless it’s right next to a door or a window, should be comprehensively handled by a professional such as Willis Pest Control.

Wasp nest removal isn’t ever a completely simple task. The complexity surrounding the ethics of exterminating a pest population in light of the benefits they can have within nature only adds to this challenge. Due to the various factors at play, we highly recommend that you get any wasp nest removal process carried out with the help of an experienced professional boasting all of the required equipment and know-how to ensure a safe procedure. Don’t risk your health trying to resolve this issue, get in touch with Willis Pest Control today.

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At Willis Pest Control we are specialists in providing eclectic pest control solutions across Birmingham and the Midlands. For help in dealing with Rats, Wasps, Fleas, Bees, Cockroaches, Mice, Squirrels, Ants, and Bed Bugs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert Willis Pest Control team, give us a call on 0121 588 5258 or 07305 518033.