If you are worried about wasps making a nest in your home, then you can use natural wasp nest removal methods which are not only non-toxic but also help you get rid of these little creatures. This article lists the methods.
Wasps are little insects that can be divided into two types – social and solitary. The main difference between these two varieties is that the social ones are quite aggressive as they are territorial while the solitary ones don’t have any territory to defend. Solitary wasps are quite docile and they can be quite useful as they prey on other insects and pests. It’s not that the social ones are absolutely harmful, they are useful too.
However, it’s only when they come too close to human habitat that they can become a nuisance. They usually live in colonies inside hollow trees or holes under the ground. However, they can also make nests inside roofs, wall cavities, and garden sheds. It is at these times that the nests need to be removed. Of course, you can kill them by spraying chemicals, but you can also use some natural nest removal techniques to get rid of them.
How to Remove a Wasp Nest
There are a few things which you need to keep in mind about wasp nests and getting rid of them. While removing it, make sure you have someone helping you, as the other person is required to contain the nest quickly. You need to wear clothes which provide complete protection, or else you may get stung. It’s best to wear a suit worn by a beekeeper, but in case you don’t have one, you can still do it. For the task, you need heavy boots and a thick pant. The pant cuffs should be rolled outside the boots after which you need to tie it with a rubber band so that the wasps don’t have any opening to gain entry into your pants. Moreover, wear a full-sleeved shirt and a pair of gloves so that your hands are protected. And for your head, you can wear a protective hat and a veil.
The nest should be removed in the evenings when the surrounding atmosphere is cool. In the evenings, wasps are usually drowsy, which would make your task that much easier. When you are there, your helper should be given a large box which has a fitting lid and the box should be placed directly under the nest. The stem which holds the nest needs to be cut as quickly as possible, which in turn would make the nest fall in the box. Instruct the person who holds the box to close the lid as soon as possible, or else the wasps will fly off and the whole purpose of removing the nest would fail. Once the nest is in the box, you need to flood it with cold water in a tub and keep it for a few hours. As wasps can’t bear the cold, they will be killed.
Natural Procedure for Wasp Nest Removal
Besides the above-mentioned procedure, you can use a wasp spray, which would repel these creatures. Natural methods can also be used and one of the most common ones is making a water trap. You need to make a trap by taking a 2-liter bottle and cutting it at the top, above its shoulder so that you get a funnel-like structure. Fill the bottle with water till about the half way mark and cut off the screw top. Use some jam to coat the cut part of the screw top, invert the funnel, and place it on the bottle with its narrow opening poking into the bottle. Wasps being attracted by the smell of the jam, would try to get it, but would find it difficult to get out and over time would fall into the water. You can opt to mix some soap or vinegar in the water, which will kill them instantly.
Other than this, you can also purchase a fake nest, or better still, make it on your own. Wasps have the habit of staying away from other wasps, so if they see a nest in their vicinity, they would leave their current place of dwelling. You just need to make paper balls similar to their nests and keep them in spots which are frequented by wasps.
These were some of the easiest methods which you can use. However, if you are worried that you would get stung, then you can consider the help of a professional. For that, you would need to take into consideration the overall cost of the method to be used. Get an estimate from a professional so that you can weigh the pros and cons of doing it yourself or getting it done.