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Easy methods to safely take away a wasp nest with no hurt to those essential pollinators, no danger of stings to you, and no poison!
Over time, I’ve shared many protected, various strategies for pest management in and across the dwelling.
Wasps, nonetheless, have been at all times a tough downside for me to unravel.
Whereas getting a small flock of yard chickens eradicated wasp nests from porch railings and hidden inside bushes, a number of giant wasp nests nonetheless pop up in the course of the spring and summer season months.
They normally seem beneath the eves of the home, nicely out of attain of my feathered mates!
Eradicating these nests has at all times been a difficult state of affairs for a number of causes.
Wasps are Vital Pollinators and Predators
Wasps are crucial pollinators within the meals chain.
And, since I’ve a big backyard as do a lot of my neighbors, preserving pollinators for the neighborhood is essential!
Moreover pollination duties, wasps additionally cut back the inhabitants of pests that may plague meals crops resembling caterpillars and whiteflies. Within the case of caterpillars, they accomplish this by laying parasitic eggs contained in the caterpillar.
As meat eaters, wasps additionally cut back the inhabitants of different nuisance bugs. Even a small wasp colony can devour as much as 3,000 flies, mosquitos, and spiders per day as a protein supply. (1)
Briefly, it isn’t okay to kill wasps within the majority of circumstances.
Discovering a technique to transfer them resembling you’ll do with a honeybee colony present in your storage is a significantly better strategy for each you and the surroundings!
Poison is a Non-Starter
I haven’t ever used poison to take away wasps, nor would I ever name a pest management firm to carry out this service both.
Poison not solely kills them, which is counterproductive to the ecosystem as described above, however additionally it is a poisonous endeavor for the home-owner.
Wasps generally construct nests beneath the eves of a house. This may also be in shut proximity to home windows, the place poisonous fumes can achieve entry to the inside of the house.
Simply say no to poison relating to eliminating wasp nests!
Threat of A number of Stings
When you’ve realized that killing the wasps is just not excellent, then the following factor that’s of concern is the excessive danger of getting stung in the course of the wasp nest elimination course of.
In different phrases, in case you’re within the “don’t kill the wasps” camp, merely pulling down the nest so that they have to hunt greener pastures elsewhere is dangerous enterprise.
Not like honeybees, which solely sting you as soon as, a single wasp can inflict a number of stings immediately.
This will occur by means of thick clothes like a pair of denims too!
I’ve been recognized to take a brush, knock down a wasp nest within the early morning when exercise is low, after which run as quick as I can into the home. 😂
I’ve had so many wasp stings through the years that I’ve actually misplaced depend. This dwelling treatment for wasp stings is my go-to therapy to keep away from swelling and a doable allergic response.
In fact, now that I’ve a honey-producing yard beehive, I can placed on my beekeeper swimsuit for such a activity. That looks as if overkill, at the very least to me although!
Wasps Shortly Rebuild Close by
One other downside with the “knock down the nest” technique is that the wasps can shortly construct a brand new nest close by.
So, whilst you reach eradicating one nest, you haven’t succeeded in any respect in deterring the wasps from taking over residence beneath one other roofing edge, eve or overhang as shut as just a few yards away!
Thus, simply pulling down the nest is a vicious circle that by no means actually ends.
Finest Method to Take away a Wasp Nest
The excellent news is that there’s a straightforward technique that each preserves the wasps, prevents you from getting stung, AND encourages the wasps to construct a brand new nest far-off from your home.
This strategy is what I name the “brown paper bag” technique for wasp elimination, for lack of a greater title.
You see, wasps are extremely territorial.
So, in the event that they see a mega-hive close by, the residents of the smaller hive are going to skedaddle for greener pastures elsewhere.
As you’ll be able to see from the image under, this somewhat giant wasp nest emptied out in a rush at my dwelling! As soon as the wasps are gone, you’ll be able to safely take away the nest with no poison and no danger of stings!
Brown Paper Bag Methodology
All it is advisable punk the wasps into transferring to a different location that isn’t close to your home is to hold a brown paper bag inside just a few ft of the nest.
The brown paper bag is a faux nest that triggers alarm within the wasps to shortly vacate the premises.
So long as you aren’t disturbing the prevailing nest, there’s little danger of getting stung. I recommend hanging it throughout instances of low nest exercise resembling early morning or nightfall.
If you happen to don’t have a brown paper bag helpful (grocery store variations work nice), then an extended piece of brown paper that comes as a part of the packing materials for deliveries is an efficient substitute.
Sorts of Wasps Affected
This technique works for social wasps that stay in colonies. In my space of the nation, that might primarily embody paper wasps as proven within the photograph above.
The brown bag strategy additionally works for northern paper wasps that construct sturdier nests with the larvae cells fully enclosed.
Notice that this technique is ineffective for solitary wasps that construct particular person nests resembling thread-waisted wasps.
Merely form a brown paper bag along with your arms in order that it appears like a large wasp nest.
Then, connect it beneath a roofing edge close by.
The method of the wasps leaving the outdated nest and rebuilding far away can take wherever from just a few days to a few weeks.
Climate Impacts Effectiveness
The one problem to the effectiveness of this technique is the climate.
If it rains, then the brown paper bag turns into a soggy mess and falls down. So, you should definitely gauge when you’ll have a dry spell of at the very least just a few days. A full two weeks is greatest.
Additionally, you will need to take care to position the bag in a spot the place the morning dew received’t dampen it, doubtlessly inflicting it to disintegrate.
Easy methods to Know When the Wasps Have Moved
As soon as the wasps are gone, you’ll be able to safely knock down the outdated nest with none danger to your self or the wasps (who’re lengthy gone residing some other place anyway).
Early morning and late night are the least energetic instances for wasps. (2)
Thus, the center of the day is the most effective time of day to examine for any residual colony exercise.
When you see no exercise for a day or two, then the coast is obvious to take away the outdated nest because the wasps are safely homesteading elsewhere.
Have you ever tried the brown paper bag strategy for eradicating a wasp nest? Let me find out about your outcomes!
(1) Is it Okay to Kill Wasps?
(2) What to Know About Wasp Nests