How To Kill Wasps

Last Update:29.01.2019

During the cold, wintry months when we long for a perfect summer’s day filled with ice cream and picnics and ice cold refreshing fizzy drinks, it’s easy to forget about the presence of one of summertime’s biggest nuisances – wasps.

They can thwart our warm weather relaxation as their stings can be extremely painful and sometimes dangerous, particularly to those with an allergy. Although it can often feel like a personal vendetta when they are buzzing around your head they’re don’t actually set out to harm humans. However, they are fiercely protective and will sting anyone or anything that comes near their nest.

When to Take Action Against Wasps?

If you have noticed a problem in your home or garden or close by, the first step would be to call a professional wasp control service. This is by far the safest way to deal with the situation, as it’s difficult to know the scale of the infestation – some nests can accommodate thousands of wasps – so is definitely best left to the experts. As well as containing the immediate danger, pest control professionals can come back and confirm that they are gone to give you peace of mind, and also give you helpful tips on how to prevent an invasion in future. If you don’t think your issue has quite come to the point of getting outside help (or you’re very brave), you can give tackling it yourself a go.

What Kills Wasps – Tips, Tricks and Traps

The best time to kill wasps and remove their nest would be in early spring before the queens have started forming colonies. You should know that depending on the species their nests can be anywhere. For example, the Yellowjackets mostly build their nests underground so it might be impossible for you to notice it.

Before you start exterminating them, make sure you make a difference between a normal wasp and a queen wasp. It is not recommended for killing the queen wasp. It will not help solve the problem because the others from the nest will not be affected at all. This is very important if you don’t want to exterminate future colonies as well and only want to deal with the current one.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

Over the counter remedies are readily available, from sprays to traps to bug bombs, so have a good look at the options and decide which one best suits your particular pest problem. They can help kill individual bugs but you should also buy a protective suit, hat, gloves and even shoes if possible. Using pesticides without having some experience or knowledge in the niche can be very dangerous for you. If not used at the right time in the right way, you may make the entire nest angry and they will attack you.

Tip: The best time to wage your war is in the evening, as they are proven to be less active and are thought to have poor vision at night time.

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Do it Yourself Traps and Wasp Killer Sprays

Homemade wasp killers are helpful if you’re not ready for a cold-blooded mass killing or for a pesticide cloud here’s some alternative suggestions that include some household products you may already have on hand:

  • Hairspray – It will freeze the creature and cause it to fall out of the air, but if you use this method you do run the risk of other wasps being attracted to the smell of the hairspray;
  • Homemade Sprays – Bleach mixed with water and poured into a spray bottle can also be an effective way to kill wasps, and the same goes for items such as hand sanitisers, detergents. If you are able to, though, always go and buy a specialist wasp killer spray as there will be instructions on how to use it safely and most efficiently.
  • The Ultimate Trap – A very simple proofed trap for any kind of flying insects, bear in mind that this trap won’t make exceptions for honeybees, butterflies or any other insect creatures. All you need is a plastic or metal basin (or any kind of open container), filled with water and sugar syrup (or just water and a lot of sugar until mixed), leave it outside in your yard or garden and you will immediately witness its effectiveness.
  • Imitation Wasp Nest – A sneaky alternative is to buy such nest and place it near your home to deter more from setting up shop nearby.
  • Removing the Nest -If you gather the courage and spray the nest, leave it at least two or three days so all wasps inside can die. If you keep seeing wasps flying in and out of the nest you will have to repeat the spraying and wait a couple more days. Only when you are 100% certain that there are no alive ones left, only then you can proceed to remove the nest.

* You have to be careful if you are trying to get rid of wasps or their nest in a loft or any other small space, especially if you are using chemicals.

However, don’t believe everything you hear about wasps.

Does Killing a Wasp Attract More Waps?

Naturally, this type of insects does release a special pheromone that warns other wasps from the nest that there's danger near.
This is especially common with social wasps. Killing one will result in the entire nest becoming more aggressive and if you do the wrong thing - like going near the nest - they will have to defend it.

How to Get Rid of Wasps?

First, you should make sure it’s really wasps that you are dealing with. Honeybees are protected and cannot be killed. Many people cannot make a difference between bees and wasps. Only proceed to treat the nest if you are 100% sure you have a wasp problem.

If you do not want to kill them yourself, you can try some preventive measures and see if they stop circling around your home. What you can do to get rid of wasps and keep them away:

  • Keep trash cans closed. Yellowjackets are attracted to human food too.
  • Limit standing water sources around your home.
  • Do not leave suits and juices open outside.
  • Do not leave pet food outside or keep bird feeders.

* Please, note that if you are allergic to insects bites or stings, you should NOT attempt to deal with the pests on your own! Call a pest extermination company!

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Still Having Wasps?

A problem with DIY treatments is that even if you successfully kill many of these flying stingers if their nests remain nearby they are always going to be around. The only outcome of such situation should be calling a professional for a nest treatment service, as this is a very tricky and dangerous endeavour that needs an experienced specialist who’s familiar with their behaviour and nature. Never try treating a nest without a professional! For more information about the wasps treatment cost, contact us by clicking on the button below.

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