It is summer, Wasps are out, and making nests everywhere they feel it is a suitable place. You can find them mostly in structures like garages, abandoned buildings, sheds, even your front porch, especially high and close to the corners. The sting of these insects can be dangerous if you are allergic to them. If you or anyone in your family is allergic to Wasps, it is very important that you keep a close eye on any areas around your home that can become spots for them to build nests. The building of nests should be discouraged because it becomes a health hazard for an allergic person. If you have never been stung by a wasp it is a good idea to consult your doctor to see if he has any recommendations for you to be sure if you are allergic or not.
It is important to know what type of wasps you have around your home, and if there are any nests. Yellow Jackets are the most territorial and they will go after you. Take pictures at a safe distance if you are not sure. The pictures will help you identify the type of wasp either online, or by an exterminator. When getting rid of a wasp nest, you can do the job yourself or you can call a professional exterminator to do the job safely. If you choose an exterminator, one advantage is that you can have them come back throughout the year to eliminate other pests by treating the surroundings. Now, there are eco friendly methods to treat your surroundings and many companies are doing this. You can also use traditional exterminators to do the job and keep your home and surroundings pest free.
If you decide to do the job yourself, caution must be used, as you do not want to run into an angry and agitated wasp. You should wear protection in your head and face, as well as long sleeves and pants, also gloves. There are products that you can buy at your local home improvement center to get rid of a wasp nest. These products usually come in a can that has a sprayer that can reach a long distance with a strong stream of foam, but you have to make sure to aim well, otherwise you will disturb the wasps and they will be flying around. A good soak with the product will take care of the problem for you. If you are unsure of which kind of product to buy, a sales associate can help you identify the right product. If you are not sure which kind of wasp nest you have, then take pictures with your cell phone or camera which you can take to the home improvement center and an associate will help you to identify the kind of nest you have and select the right product.
Many products will give you directions on how to do the job, but usually the best time is when the wasps are not around, or at night when they are inside their nests and not outside. Once you spray the nest, leave the area immediately. It is recommended to maintain a safe distance, but also to have a route cleared out where you can maneuver yourself safely if you have to run – you do not want to run into any furniture and have an accident. Wait overnight, and the next day, make sure that there is no activity in the nest, and then, you can knock it down with a long stick or a broom. Dispose of it in your trash.
Keep surveying the area for any new nests that may appear. To prevent pests it is best to exterminate throughout the year.
Neil Wardlow has been writing professionally since 1989. Neil discovered he enjoyed writing when he suffered an injury during his 15-year building construction career. Neil now writes full-time, whenever he’s not occupied with entertaining family and friends, growing things, or making repairs in and around his beautiful ranch house.