How to Remove a Paper Wasp Nest

How to prepare and take the proper safety precautions


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Paper wasps build their nests out of chewed wood pulp. Although they’re a stinging insect, paper wasps don’t tend to attack unless their territory is threatened. This makes for a potentially dangerous situation if you come across one while mowing the lawn or cleaning out a gutter. If a nest is built near a structure, it can present a danger to humans and pets, as well. Luckily, it’s possible to safely remove a paper wasp nest on your own. Read on to learn how.

Paper Wasp Nest Removal

  • Preparation: get in the proper gear before approaching a paper wasp nest. Cover your skin and eyes by wearing long sleeves, long pants, protective eyewear, gloves, and boots.
  • Plan your attack: get a ladder if the nest is elevated, testing it for stability first. Insect spray labeled for use on wasps and hornets. Before you buy, read the label on the spray to make sure the pesticide will work for your situation.
  • If the nest is in the ground, you can use an insecticidal dust. You sprinkle it at the entrance to the nest. That typically will kill the insects within a day or two, and you’re done.)
  • Timing: Knocking down a nest of insects during the day is dangerous. Wait until late evening because more insects are likely to be inside the nest. Also, they’re less active at that time, so you reduce your chances of getting stung. Clear kids and pets from the area. If the nest is high up, stand off to the side rather than directly under it, because dead insects will fall after you spray. Following the instructions on the pesticide label, spray the nest. Then, get away as quickly as you can.
  • Wait it out: Check for wasp activity the next day. If you see any, repeat the spraying process that evening. If there isn’t any wasp activity, you can knock the nest down using a long-handled tool. For good measure, spray insecticide on the remaining pieces that have fallen on the ground. Once you’ve confirmed it’s safe, dispose of the nest and dead wasps so pets or other animals don’t eat them.

Trust the Pros

If removing a paper wasp nest turns out to be a little riskier than you thought, there’s no shame in calling in for reinforcements. The experienced pest control experts at Resolution Pest are highly experienced at removing paper wasp nests and are happy to help. Call 610-337-7378 today to schedule a free estimate for eradicating wasps, hornets, and other stinging insects.


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