Should I remove the wasp nest?
If the wasp nest is in an area where it is poses a danger to others, then it should be removed. For example, if your kids like to play outside in the garden and you notice a wasp hive hanging from one of your garden's trees, then it pretty obvious that the hive needs to be removed. Having a wasp nest near your home can be extremely irritating and extremely dangerous, as you'll find that curious wasps will often venture into your house.
Ok... how do I remove a wasp nest?
- Firstly, if you are allergic to wasp stings, do not attempt this. Get somebody else to do it. Call in pest removal if you have to. There is no point in risking your life trying to remove a wasp hive. Bear in mind that 1/30 people are allergic to wasp stings. Are you sure that you're not allergic?
- Wear protective clothing. This should be commonsense. Wearing a hat, gloves and a thick jacket can help minimize any wasp stings that might come as a result of you trying to destroy their home.
- Make sure that you remove the wasp nest as early as possible. Come the end of summer, wasps become extremely aggressive. Keep this in mind. If you're going to remove the wasp nest, do it now, rather than in August or September.
- If the wasp nest is situated close to your home, make sure that you close your windows and doors before you attempt to remove the hive. Again, this should be a commonsense rule.
- Attack during the night. And when I say attack, I don't mean that you should charge at it with a baseball bat. Instead, you should act smartly and quickly. Use a large (preferably thick/heavy duty) plastic bag. The reason you should remove a wasp nest at night is because wasps are largely inactive during the dark.
- Try not to use a flashlight or a torch. If wasps are exposed to light, they can become active again pretty quickly.
If you have a wasp problem, it might be a good idea to setup a wasp trap.