How To Kill Wasps

Learn How To Get Rid of Wasps and Use Organic Pest Control Products

Wasp control is important. Wasps are not insects you mess with; even if you do not have an allergy. If you have a wasp nest close to your home and family, get rid of the insects and eradicate their nest as soon as possible (most likely you're going to be looking at paper wasps, so called because of the papery appearance of their nest). This will ensure they do not return.

By following these few simple and safe steps, you will learn how to kill the wasps that are swarming your residence. 


Natural pesticide spray (one designed for wasps and nests).

Spray bottle.

*Note: Before this process is started, you should consult a physician to ensure that you are not allergic to bees or wasps of any kind. An allergy to insect bites and stings will cause severe reactions that can include shortness of breath, rash, swelling and even death.

  1. Determine what type of wasp is invading the area. Identifying the type of insect that you are trying to fight is crucial. This is due to the fact that each wasp will construct a different type of nest. For example, yellow jackets tend to create large nests that are close to and even buried in the ground. Whereas the paper wasp makes a nest that is found hanging from the eaves of a roof.
  2. Prepare the pesticide. As with most pest control products, you can either purchase the pesticide spray as one unit or purchase a mix and (using the directions on the package) make the insecticide (wasp killer) yourself. If the nest is underground or close to the soil purchase a spray that does not have a long stream. Some insecticides project from the can. This type of product is useful, on the other hand, when the nest is elevated.
  3. Locate the nest. If you’ve seen wasps around the house, don’t try to kill them until you have located the nest. This will minimize the risk of stings. Check the eaves and any dark areas such as crawl spaces and around or under decks and shed areas. The best time to do nest removal is at dusk or near dark when the wasps are less active.
  4. Dress properly. You want to avoid getting stung if at all possible, so cover up. A wasp sting can be really painful. Wear long pants with socks and shoes. Make sure to wrap the pant legs so that wasps cannot get in. Do the same with a long-sleeved shirt and gloves. Goggles may be worn as well to protect the area surrounding the eyes.
  5. Make sure others in the home are safe. Take time to make sure that sensitive family members such as children or the elderly are not placed in harm’s way.
  6. Spray the nest with pesticide. Be liberal with your pesticide wasp spray and make sure to coat the nest and surrounding area. Stand back as you do this because the wasps will immediately start to fly away from the nest and may begin swarming. These insects are extremely aggressive and will try to sting anyone who they feel is a threat. To avoid being stung you will need to spray the wasps as they emerge.
  7. Knock down the nest. You can use the handle of a broom to knock the nest down to the ground. Be sure to keep your distance because this movement will disturb the wasps.
  8. Spray any remaining wasps. Knocking the nest loose may have allowed some wasps to escape, so be sure to spray any still in the area with the pesticide to eliminate stragglers.

Wasps can be dangerous, so the instant you see a nest is the best time to take care of it. If you are concerned about the danger of pesticides to the environment and prefer to do organic pest control, look for a natural spray at your home and garden center. Some exterminators suggest using a soap and water combination in the spray, but there’s no guarantee the mix will kill the hardier wasps, so pesticide will be your best bet. There are also other methods of how to get rid of them, including setting wasp traps. Using a wasp trap won't be an immediate fix, however.

Wasps can create a dangerous and stressful situation for family and friends. That is why you must act quickly at the first sighting to eliminate the pest. Once you’ve rid your home of these stinging insects, you can enjoy being outdoors again.


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Very good article. The last two summers we have been bothers by wasps and the nests they build. Will definitely work at these solutions.

By Marion Cornett

This is helpful as some in our family are really allergic to wasps. You are right. We can't mess around with wasps.

By Mary Norton