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What to do if You Find a Wasp Nest Around Your Home

Do you have a wasp nest around your home? This can be an unfortunate situation whether you are worried about stings or the buzzing noises. Fortunately, it is not too complicated to identify the problems and take steps to resolve it.


Determining the Type of Wasp


There are a few types of wasps to look for. Paper wasps have long legs and bodies compared to other wasps. Their nests can be found in residential yards hanging from branches of trees and shrubs, porches, and tops of windows or doorframes. Yellow jackets have shorter legs and thick black antennae. Their nests are paper-like, and they tend to reside in enclosed areas such as cavities in the ground or wall voids. Yellow jackets can be aggressive, and they attack in swarms. Hornets usually have gray or white markings on the head and thorax and paper-like nests. They usually reside in cavities of rotting trees, on horizontal tree branches or eaves.




Once you identify the nest, and it is in an area that presents a threat, it is important to take precautions before you get rid of it. You should avoid using a ladder in case the wasps attack. Wearing protective clothing is recommended to minimize the likelihood of stings. It is also a good idea to keep children away so they do not get stung. Don’t try to eliminate a nest if you are highly allergic to stings. 


Getting Rid of the Nest


Make sure to approach the nest during the nighttime hours when wasps are less active and most workers are in the nest. If the nest is on the second story of your house, you might even want to leave it alone and seek professional help. Buy a wasp and hornet jet spray product. The insecticide product needs to be a jet spray that produces a solid stream and can reach over ten feet. Use caution when approaching the nest. Thoroughly spray the entrance thus ensuring it penetrates deep into the nest. Read and follow the directions on the product.


Preventing Nests


Once you eliminate the nest, it is usually a good idea to take preventative measures. You can seal entry points in your home and keep your trash cans securely covered. Be on the lookout early in the season for newly forming nest and destroy them by simply knocking them down. Finally, consider hanging fake nests in the location occupied by previous nests so new wasp scouts are unable to establish a new nest in that location.

Although wasps can be scary, there are ways to deal with the problem. Try these tips today so your house is free from this pest.