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How to Get Rid of A Wasp Nest

Do you enjoy sipping a hot cup of tea in your garden during the evening, but get irritated when the annoying buzzes of wasps start ringing in your ear? The insects can easily drive us insane, and to make matters worse, their nests are so far up in the trees that most of the time we are at a loss to do anything about them. 

With their discrete buzzing sounds, painful stings and ability to multiply, they are a real threat to us and tend to become more aggressive when they are attacked.

This guide will walk you through the simple steps on how to get rid of wasp nests.

In addition, one should always remember to take adequate safety precautions before taking any measure against these vengeful pests.

What is a Wasp?

A wasp falls under the order of Hymenoptera and suborder of Apocrita, which means that it is not a bee or an ant. The most common types of wasps found in homes are hornets and yellow jackets. Hornets are the largest kinds of wasps with white marks on their head and abdomen, whereas the yellow jackets have short legs with prominent antennae. Yellow jackets are the aggressive ones and are mostly found in and around their nests.

Safety Measures- Be Careful With What You Choose to do!

Everyone’s first instinct is to take the “chemical removal” approach. What you are not aware of is that this approach is not only harmful to the plants in your garden but also to your health. It is a difficult and dangerous way of getting rid of wasp nests as you put yourself into jeopardy.

6 Safe Ways of Keeping Wasp Nests Away

  1. Removing What Attracts Them

Wasps are always in our environment, flying from one house to another. The first thing you can do to keep them away is get rid of unnecessary food and keep your garbage cans covered. Unfortunately, they are attracted to things that we cannot even control for example bird/animal food and they have an extreme attraction towards sweets. Remember, small crevices and unrepaired walls can be their pathway into your home. In fact, these pests are always on the lookout for small areas where they can start building their empire.

  1. Find Plants That Will Keep Them Away

Undoubtedly, flowers add beauty to your place. However, along with their beauty and smell, they invite wasps. In this case, you have to think about replacing some of those flowers with greener plants. These plants could include spearmint, citronella, eucalyptus, and wormwood as these plants tend to repel wasps.

  1. Wasps HATE Mint

It has been proven that wasps absolutely detest mints such as spearmint or peppermint oil. You can use peppermint oil to get rid of these pests for good. Take a cotton ball and dip it in peppermint oil, and place them in areas where you feel wasps would be attracted. Areas that would be good for this remedy are any small open holes, your front porch, backyard, under trees, and ledges. Place them in areas where it would be easy for the essence of the oil to spread.

  1. Soap and Water

As previously mentioned, the removal of wasp nests through chemicals is hazardous to health. A good alternative is dish soap and water. In a spray bottle, add a few drops of dish soap along with water. Spray this solution directly on the wasps in the nest as it blocks their breathing pores resulting in immediate death. However, if the nest is large, you must attach a hose to your water and soap mixture. Stand at a distance so they do not sting, and wear protective clothing to cover your arms and legs.

  1. Drowning Their Nest

This method is recommended for night time. Wasps are least active at night, whereas this method can be most effective at that time. Before attempting this method, make sure you are wearing protective clothing (long sleeve shirts, full pants, gloves, and boots) and make sure you are not allergic to wasps as their stink can be a threat to your life. Take a red flashlight, as it will not attract the wasps. Place a cloth bag over the nest and tie it quickly. Set the well-tied bag in a large body of water, drop a heavy rock on top as if will drown the bag successfully. IF you have a large wasp nest on your wall, make sure you get professional help.

  1. It’s lit

This method is most effective for wasp nests in your garden. Right under the nest, fire up your grill or start a fire. The fire you start should be large enough for the smoke to reach inside the wasp nest. The smoke will force the wasps out of the nest as they suffocate and try to escape. Make sure you let the smoke come for an hour or so, that way you will know for sure if all the wasps have escaped.

Wasp Nest Prevention

When you see a wasp, make sure you take action immediately. Once this insect starts to breed and multiply, it gets harder to control their growth. Always remember to take simple measures to demolish their population rather than taking the big step first. Prevention is always better than the cure!

Attack the Nest Head On With Professional DIY Products

While the home remedies above can be a hit or miss, a sure-fire home run is utilizing professional grade insecticides which we carry in our stores. Solutions Pest & Lawn carries a variety of effective sprays that can treat wasps such as Wasp Freeze or Nuvan aerosol spray. Sprays such as these work great because they provide an instant knockdown and even come with attachments which can allow you to spray from a distance.

Spray the nest thoroughly preferably at night when all the wasps are asleep in their nests and inactive. During the spray application any wasps come out from the nest, spray them quickly and they will be done before you know it. A helpful alternative method of control is setting a trap to capture any spare paper wasps that you were not in the nest at the time.


A wasp nest that has been set up around your home can be one unpleasant experience since you never known when a wasp may buzz around you and be on the attack. By being proactive with professional DIY products and the techniques we’ve shared above, you can knock their nests down quickly and make them regret setting up around your property.


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