What to Do When There’s A Wasp Nest in Your Home

What to Do When There's A Wasp Nest in Your Home
Written by Noelle Kelly

Feeling the Sting – What to Do When There’s A Wasp Nest in Your Home

Getting stung by a bee will ruin your day. But a wasp? That’s something that will sting a lot harder and a lot longer. Accepting that creeps and critters are a part of life is one thing, but allowing them to nest in your home and harm you and your family is another. Get proactive and rid your home of wasp nests.

Enlist the experts

Wasps can be a very dangerous problems, especially if you have children or pets around the house. Wasps, unlike bees, won’t just sting you once. If the problem becomes serious then consider a professional wasp removal expert. Pest inspectors and controllers will have the necessary safety equipment and sprays to deal with your new flying friends.

Not only will this ensure your safety but it will also make sure the wasps don’t return.

Do your research

One of the key things to do when you identify there is a wasp nest in your home is to identify exactly what type of nest it is. Different species of wasps can sometimes call for different treatment in removing them. Some nests will be easier to spot than others which can often help identify the type of wasp and nest.

For example, if the nest you’ve found appears in a similar hexagonal shape as a bee’s nest then it is likely paper wasps. However if the wasps appears to be coming from a hole in the home, posts or even the ground, then you could be dealing with yellow jacket wasps.

These types of wasps can hold much larger colonies, which could mean calling the experts is your only course of action.

Stop the spread

When you notice a wasps nest or an abundance of wasps, it is time to get rid of the problem. However, just as important is to stop the spread. Wasps, like a lot of other ‘pests’, thrive on humans making mistakes or helping them thrive.

Leaving food waste around, especially high sugar content foods or meats is never good idea. You should familiar yourself with the differences between bees and wasps. As we all know bees produce honey. Learn about the benefits of alfalfa honey.

Look for weak points of entry in your home and seal them up. The last thing you want is a stray wasp making its way into the house when you are cooking dinner.

Seal any holes and plug any gaps that a wasp might venture in through. Avoid trying to be the next terminator and kill all the wasps because, just like the Terminator, they will be back.

When a wasp dies, it releases a pheromone which attracts other wasps. So, while you may think you are a hero, you may find yourself is some unintended trouble.

Protect yourself

If you do decide to brave the removal yourself with a store bought product, then make sure that you protect yourself. Wear long sleeve shirts, pants and look for some sort of head protection such as a hat or helmet. Follow all instruction explicitly and make sure you don’t get too close.

Using these sorts of products can be dangerous, so take any and all precautions where you can to protect yourself and your home.

Dealing with a wasp nest is not a simple job. Depending on what type of wasps, the location of the nest and how far they have spread, you could be in for a bad day. If you aren’t sure of any of these things then it’s probably best to get some professional help and save yourself the hassle.

However, if you are keen on the DIY approach, then make sure you protect yourself and look for any obvious signs of reappearance afterwards. Wasps are a tricky pest to evict but if you aren’t sure what to do if there is a wasp nest in your home, then use these simple tips.

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About the author

Noelle Kelly

Noelle is a freelance writer working for a variety of businesses across Australia. With a portfolio of work spanning a plethora of countries, industries and companies, she is always looking to broaden her understanding of the business landscape.

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