Wasps are naturally aggressive insects and can be very dangerous when they swarm. As such, knowing the best way to get rid of wasps can be a potentially life-saving skill.
Though it is easy to ignore a wasp’s nest that is not visible in your day-to-day life, this is never the best course of action. The longer you allow the nest to go on unimpeded, the more likely it is to expand until it's out of control.
If their nest is hidden from sight under the siding of your house, not handling the issue promptly can be especially dangerous. As a wasp nest beneath siding grows and branches out, they may eventually find their way inside your home while searching further for food.
Step 1 – Identify the Position
As with beehives that are similarly hidden from view, there are several ways to determine whether wasps have set up home beneath your sidings. The easiest and safest way is to locate and monitor the wasps' suspected access point into the siding during the late afternoon. This is the time of day when you are likely to see the most activity as the wasps return to the nest for the evening.
Watching from afar, using binoculars if necessary, will enable you to get away quickly in the event that the wasps feel threatened and decide to attack.
Step 2 – Get a Closer Look
If you want absolute confirmation that you have a wasp’s nest beneath your home's siding, you need to get a closer look. This is best done in cold weather, as many of the worker wasps will not survive reduced temperatures.
If it is not a cold season, check the siding in the middle of the day when the wasps are likely to be busy and away from the nest.
Never approach a wasps' nest without protective gear covering your exposed skin, even if you're in peak winter and suspect worker wasps are not present. If you have a veil to cover your face and neck, use it. Wasps that swarm will come at you however and wherever they can, so even something like a loose pant leg or untucked shirt can give them an opening to sting you.
Step 3 – Spray the Nest
With a flashlight, carefully attempt to locate the entrance of the nest and concentrate the spray around this point. While a direct spray will ensure that the toxic chemicals coat the wasps when they return and spread it to the rest of their nest, it can also agitate any wasps that are nearby, so the risk is yours to take.
An alternative is to spray from the ground, where it is safer. This is possible if the entrance is plain to see and you have the relevant expandable pole that will allow you to spray from afar. Never put yourself in a position of danger when trying to eliminate wasps or their nests.
Step 4 – Call in the Experts
If your efforts prove unsuccessful because you still have a lot of wasp activity, calling in an expert is the best option, rather than risking injury. A professional pest controller will have access to the equipment required to identify and eliminate the infestation, provide advice on how to stop the problem from reoccurring, and know how best to keep themselves safe.