Must-know Do’s and Don’ts for a Wasp Problem

Wasp control

Wasp control and removal are not easy. To start with, they sting. These pests are the kind that needs an acute understanding of their behaviour before you decide to tackle them head-on.

Picture a situation, wherein you see an insect fly by, upon further inspection of the bush it disappeared into you spot a nest that confirms your doubts of an infestation.

You’re now confused. Should you attempt the nest removal yourself? If yes, how do you go about it successfully to ensure the problem is not out of your control.

As per professionals, the answer lies in certain do’s and don’ts and of course finally scheduling a professional control and removal treatment.

But first here’s how to identify the type of insect nest you have in your home or on your property.

Identifying the Nest Type:

  • Paper Wasp – If it is open, in an umbrella shape with cells in a hexagon design, it belongs to paper wasps. You can expect it to have a population of less than 100 paper wasps.
  • Hornets – Hornet nests resemble the shape of a football and have smooth walls surrounding it.
  • Bees – These are relatively easy to spot on account of their waxy appearance.
  • Yellowjacket Wasps – Now this is the one to be wary of as it can contain several thousands of wasps. This nest is easy to spot because of the insects flitting to and fro to a rather well-hidden location.

How to Keep Wasps Away:

As tempting as home remedies may be, they definitely aren’t what you should be resorting to for wasp control on your property.

And certainly not in the case of an infestation. So, fabric softener sheets, placing a coin in a plastic bag with water, wasp traps, or even putting up a fake hive are not solutions to waste your time after.

If you really are concerned enough to set up an effective control and removal treatment in place, your best bet is to get it done by pest professionals who not only know their enemy but will also visit post-installation to ensure things are running smoothly.

  • In the meantime, if you do enjoy spending time outdoors remember to keep fruit and other sugar-based drinks covered so you don’t attract these pests.
  • If you regularly attempt gardening, make sure you check the greenery surrounding your home to avoid getting stung.

How to Remove a Nest?

Wasp nest

Honestly you should not attempt a wasp nest removal by yourself as this could result in you getting stung and maybe even serious damage. These pests are not the kind to be taken lightly and are best-taken care of by experts.

  • Avoid trying to burn or flood a nest as both techniques cannot solve the problem entirely and might even cause more problems for you.
  • Avoid inspection or any kind of nest removal at night as this could bring on the attack of pests who were woken up amid their sleep.

What to Do If You’re Attacked:

If you do encounter a wasp/wasps, remember to stay calm. Waving your arms in the air frantically and creating a racket may only make the wasp feel threatened and signal for help from the colony.

  • Avoid playing dead as these pests continue to attack objects even if they are still.
  • Contrary to popular belief do not run in zig-zag lines as this will only tire you out. Wasps tend to give up the chase after about 100 meters.
  • Finally, if you do find yourself in the middle of a wasp attack, protect your face and neck as these are the main target areas for these pests.
  • If you get stung, seek professional help if the pain or itching is more than you can handle.
  • When swatting a wasp ensure you have not smacked it in a way where the stinger has gotten pressed into your skin. Remember, if lodged, stingers need to be removed from your skin.

How to Protect Yourself from Wasp Stings?

Wasp sting
  • Keep sugary food and drinks covered and remember to check them before consuming if you are seated outdoors.
  • Once you are done with eating and drinking outside dispose of the leftovers correctly, paying special attention to disposable containers like soft drink cans, etc.
  • Before bringing any gardening activity check the area for pest activity and keep your home and property clean and tidy, avoiding clutter.
  • Trim the landscape around your home regularly, ensuring no greenery is touching your home directly.
  • Wear closed shoes when outside to keep your feet protected and avoid strong fragrances and brightly colored clothing.
  • Most importantly you need to ensure thorough and timely inspection is carried out at the hands of seasoned professionals and that a reliable control and removal treatment is set up in place to avoid any pest activity from damaging your home and threatening you and your loved ones.

Can I Remove the Nest Myself?

Attempting to remove the nest is very risky as you could get stung by them. Therefore, you should get professional help to prevent any harm to yourself or your loved ones.

About the Author:

Muzi Tsolakis is the owner of Protech Pest Control. They are certified for pest control in Melbourne and building pest inspection in Melbourne and other parts of Australia. Along with an experienced team and the best treatments, they aim to secure your home from pests.

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