How to Get Rid of a Wasp Nest

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There are two ways to get rid of a wasp nest yourself. (Photo: @zmnif via Twenty20)
Getting rid of wasp nests is a dangerous business, and it is not a task to be entered into lightly. It should not be attempted by any individual who is not physically capable of making a quick escape. Those with allergies to wasp stings should avoid this job altogether and contact a pest-control professional to address wasp nest removal.
If you are able and willing to get rid of a wasp nest yourself, here’s what you need to know to get the job done.

Getting Rid of Exposed Wasp Nests

Step 1: Observe the nest. From a distance, watch where the wasps enter and exit the nest for at least 10 minutes. There may be more than one point of entry that is frequently used. Note if one is used more than the others.
Step 2: Approach the nest with two cans of aerosol wasp spray. Using your dominant hand, aim a can at the most frequently used opening in the nest. Be ready to use the second can on other openings. Spray the insecticide cans for 10 seconds and then retreat to safety.
Step 3: Wait and repeat. Wait 10 to 15 minutes inside your home or in another place of protection for wasp activity to die down after your initial attack. Then repeat Steps 1 and 2 until you no longer see wasps moving.
Step 4: Finish the nest off. Using a rake or similar tool, knock down the wasp nest. Spray it thoroughly with insecticide.

Getting Rid of Wasp Nests in Structures

Step 1: Fill a 16-ounce plastic drink bottle with Sevin Dust. Make sure the bottle is relatively dry before doing this to avoid wasting the insecticide. Leave the top off.
Step 2: Place the nozzle on the entry point of the wasp nest. Quickly squeeze the bottle a few times to send the dust into your affected structure.
Step 3: Retreat and repeat as needed. Promptly return to a safe location and allow the Sevin Dust to sit overnight. The following morning, check for wasp activity and repeat the process if necessary.
  • Warning: The use of Sevin Dust is not permitted inside structures in some states, such as Michigan. Check local laws before employing its use.
  • Tip: Establish a method to swiftly escape harm before attempting either of these means of wasp nest removal.
  • Tip: Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants when approaching wasp nests to prevent stings.
Sometimes it is best to enlist the help of a professional when it comes to wasp nest removal. If you have any reservations about your ability to follow through or retreat swiftly, it is better to invest in skilled help rather than risk injury. Also, bear in mind that it is better to wait until nests are abandoned in autumn to attempt removal, if the wasps are not located too close to frequently used areas of your yard.