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Wasp Nest Identification

Wasps are a dangerous pest. These bugs cause painful stings that can lead to dangerous allergic reactions. If wasps build a nest near your home, you or your loved ones could suffer from the stings that these pests are notorious for.  Here’s the sure-fire signs of a wasp nest:

Wasps generally build their nests in late spring, with nests typically being complete by May. The pests will abandon this nest before fall comes to a close, this inbetween time is when an active wasp nest is most likely to be found near your home. Wasp nests look different depending on the variety of pest that’s present in your area. You will normally see a few wasps swarming around the outside of the nest, which is usually shaped like a sphere or half-sphere. They are very thin and almost resemble paper.

If you spot a wasp nest near your home it is important that you remove it as quickly as possible to reduce the threat of stings. Here are some tips for safe and sucessful wasp nest removal:

Wasp Nest Removal in Six Steps

More than 500,000 Americans enter the hospital each year following allergic reactions from insect stings. Many of these hospitalizations are due to injuries sustained while attempting to remove or inspect a wasp nest that has formed near the home. The best way preventing hospitalization and high medical bills is to use as much caution as possible when near a wasp nest. Having a professional pest control agent take care of any wasp nest is the best step that you can take, but if you must attempt this on your own there are some steps you can take for added safety.

  • Step One: Select a product. There are many products that are commercially available and claim to be ideal for fighting wasps, but you may already have everything you need in your home. When applied to a nest correctly, even soapy water has proven successful in forcing wasps to relocate. Before attempting any sort of product, take your time to research it and ensure that it will make the wasps go away, instead of just angering them.

  • Step Two: Find a sprayer. Use a high-power sprayer to attack the wasp nest, and fill it with the solution that you researched and selected in step one. A high power sprayer allows you to stand as far from the nest as possible, reducing the chance of potential stings taking place.

  • Step Three: Dress for removal. When attempting to remove a wasp nest, you want to be dressed for the job. This means long sleeves, gloves, full-length pants and close-toed shoes. If possible, use a scarf or mask to protect your face. Many homeowners leave the face unprotected, which can result in some of the most painful and disorienting stings.

  • Step Four: Make a plan. Before you start spraying a wasp nest, you need to have an exit strategy in mind. If the nest has been formed in a corner of your porch, you can potentially stand inside of your home and be able to quickly shut the door if insects start flying in your direction. Make sure there are clear paths in multiple directions available.

  • Step Five: Spray. While standing at a safe distance from the nest (ideally as far possible while still being able to reach the nest with a powerful spray) begin spraying your wasp-removal solution onto the nest. As soon as you begin, any wasps that are currently inside of the nest will begin to frantically swarm. At this time it is best to seek shelter from the pests and wait until activity has died down.

  • Step Six: Dispose of the nest. If the nest falls during the spraying this step will be easier, but it can be performed either way. Make sure that no wasps are on or inside of the nest, spray the nest with more of your wasp control solution to ensure that this is the case. Once you’re absolutely certain that no pests remain, carefully scoop the nest into a trash bag or container – avoiding direct contact with the nest itself.

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