Remove Wasp Nests Safely

Since the days are getting warmer and nights are getting longer, it can only mean one thing: Summer is approaching! Wasps, on the other hand, like ruining our bright afternoons. When a wasp nest is discovered, many property owners take matters into their own hands and attempt to eradicate the wasp nest. However, you should seek expert assistance before attempting to remove a wasp nest.

Wasp Nest Removal at Home

The first piece of advice is to not attempt wasp removal at home. Wasps are aggressive insects that attack with little to no effort, so attempting to remove a wasp nest on your own may be costly both monetarily and physically.

These are the most common DIY suggestions which you SHOULD NOT try:

  • Using fire to destroy a wasp nest is an extremely risky activity that will not eliminate the wasps.
  • Attempting to flood a nest will not eliminate all of the wasps in the hive. As the wasps get more ferocious, they will attack, leaving you with a swarm of agonising stings.

How to prevent wasp nests?

While knowing how to get rid of a wasp’s nest if you find one in or around your house is helpful, knowing how to keep them out in the first place is much better. Preventative measures, such as:

  • Seal any cracks or holes you detect on the outside of your house: Look around the outside of your house for cracks, gaps, broken screens or vents, or any other places where a wasp colony may be hiding.
  • Fill up any gaps in your grass or garden. Yellow jacket wasps, in particular, make their nests under the earth. Conduct a thorough examination of your garden, looking for little holes or tunnels.
  • Remove overripe fruit from fruit trees as soon as possible. Wasps feed on nectar and are particularly fond of ripe apples, pears, plums, and berries.

How to get rid of wasp nests?

The easiest way to get rid of a wasp nest is to contact a pest control professional. Because putting matters into your own hands might be dangerous, a pest control professional is fully qualified to handle and remove wasp nests in a safe and efficient manner. This is why:

  • A pest control specialist is an expert in wasps; they know everything there is to know about their behaviour and instincts, as well as how to recognise the signs of an allergic reaction to wasp stings.
  • Working in small spaces: Pest professionals are skilled and prepared to operate in tiny places, such as your attic. They may safely remove a wasp nest from a property using this method. 
  • Safety: Personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protection equipment are available to exterminators (RPE). This provides complete protection from wasp stings, ensuring their safety when dismantling a wasp nest.


We hope with this advice you can prevent wasps and remove wasp nests safely without hurting yourself or the wasps. At Target Pest Control we deal with wasp nest removals professionally and efficiently, serving Leicester and beyond. If you would like more information give us a call or fill in our contact form.

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