Wasps rouse a certain kind of dread in humans. Scientists even put a name on this particular fear and is called "Spheksophobia." However, wasps are beneficial insects. They visit flowers and therefore help in pollination. They also feed their young with a wide range of invertebrates. Because of this, wasps help in controlling the population of insect pests. While wasps are valuable insects, it's a different story if they nest dangerously close to our homes. If you have decided to take the matter in your own hands instead of calling a professional to do the job, following these simple steps can help you remove a wasp nest.
- Ask for assistance. Removing a wasp nest is no easy task and will definitely require at least two pairs of hands. Team up with a friend or anyone from your household old enough. Put on layers of clothes to effectively cover your skin. Wear protective glasses, gloves and hats as well.
- Find the wasp nest's exact location. There are different species of wasps and each has a particular preference when it comes to a location to put up their nest. Paper wasps typically position their nests under ledges or eaves. Meanwhile, hornets prefer attaching their nest to a tree or bush and even the side of a building. Yellow-jackets usually nest underground or inside the walls of building structures.
- Time to remove that wasp nest. Aerial nests are effectively removed using a cloth bag. Slip the bag covering the entire nest. Quickly tie and seal it off while detaching the nest. Place the bag in the water, completely submerging the nest. Do this for several days to make sure that all wasps die.
Meanwhile, ground wasp nests can be contained by placing a large bowl on the nest. Make sure that all entry and exit points are securely covered and firmly push the bowl into the soil. Leave it there for several days to make sure that all wasps are smothered. Nests situated underground or inside walls require a fairly difficult method of removing and may be beyond a do-it-yourself enthusiast's skills. If the wasp nest is located in such areas it would be safer to call for a professional's help.
Accidents may happen during the wasp nest removal that is why presence of mind is very crucial. If you get stung in the mouth or throat area and are having difficulty breathing then seek a doctor's attention immediately. Less serious wasp stings should be washed properly with soap and water. You may apply anti-histamine cream on the affected area to relieve the swelling.