Wasp nests can be found in the ground, in trees, under the eaves, and also in any hollows in the indoor walls. In any case, if the wasps pose no threat to you or your family, it is advisable to ignore them. Wasp sting causes a short-lived local reaction in most people, while in some cases—due to an intense allergic reaction—people may require immediate medical attention.
Easy Removal of Wasps
Wasps get attracted by the smell of food. Therefore, to a certain extent, you can discourage them from coming indoors by covering your food items and thrash cans properly. In case of a solitary wasp buzzing around, you can either capture it in an inverted bottle or glass and set it free outside or use a fly swatter. Squirting them with hairspray stiffens their wings; this allows them to be removed without any danger.
Removing Wasp Nests
The best times for removing the wasp are early in the morning or late in the evening; during these time periods, the wasps are idle. Very cold months are also safe as the wasps get lazy and sluggish and rarely attack.
Using Soap Solution
In a sprayer, take equal amounts of water and soap. Spray the solution all over the nest from a safe distance. Do this late in the evening when all the wasps are inside their nest. Most of the wasps will then leave their nest, while some of them will die. Repeat the procedure the next day to eliminate the wasps completely. After the last of them is gone, remove and discard the nest.
Using Gasoline Fumes
If the nests are at an easily reachable level, place a small open can of gasoline under the nest and keep the opening of the can aligned with that of the nest. Hold the gasoline in position for several minutes. The fumes emanating from it will destroy the wasps. Later on, the nest can be removed safely.
Removal of Wasps in Autumn
During the autumn, in most wasp species, all the wasps, except the queen, die. The queen hibernates until the following spring before laying eggs. This is the best time to remove and destroy the nest without danger.
In some cases, traps are used to eliminate wasps. Hang a dead fish above a tub filled with soap water. The foragers will follow the fish odor and often cut away a huge piece of the fish that they cannot carry. Eventually, most of them fall into the soap water and drown.
- Spray-on applications of insecticides are available in the market. They have an engulfing agent that seals all the exits and entrances of the wasp nests, thus eliminating the wasps.
- Insecticidal powders are available at garden centers. This powder should be puffed in and around the entrance of the nests. The wasps will carry the powder inside and get destroyed within a few days.
- Mini smoke generators could be used on wasps. The residual dust will kill any wasp that comes in contact with it. This type of smoke is safe for humans.
- Aerosol sprays could be used to destroy the wasp nests attached to the eaves.