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Wasp Nest Removal Dos and Don'ts

There are many types of wasps that are found in the United States, but the most common is the paper wasp. These wasps build above-ground nests, known as aerial nests, commonly found near homes. If one of these nests is built around the exterior of your home it is important that you remove it as quickly as possible. If not you or your loved ones could end up experiencing painful stings that can cause serious allergic reactions.

Before you attempt wasp nest removal, make sure to familiarize yourself with some do’s and don’ts of the process. If you’re unsure of your ability to carry this out, you will want to get in touch with a wasp removal expert who can carry out the task safely.

When Performing Wasp Best Removal, DO the Following:

  • Wear protective gloves during the entire process

  • Wear long sleeves as well as full length pants to reduce the chance of stings

  • Use an aerosol-based wasp removal product that has positive reviews

  • Follow the directions exactly as they appear on the product label

  • Perform removal at night when wasps are not active

  • Keep a safe distance from the nest, but make sure that you can still fully spray the nest

DO NOT Do the Following:

  • Attempt wasp nest removal if you are allergic to wasp stings

  • Attempt to remove a wasp nest using aerosol products that are not intended for pest control, such as hair spray or air freshener

  • Try to remove the nest by simply knocking it down

  • Spray water on the nest

Dealing With Wasp Stings

If you are stung while attempting wasp nest removal, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that pain and damage is minimized. The pain that you feel during a wasp sting is actually venom entering your body, it is not unusual for the point of entry to hurt for a couple of days following the sting. You should always avoid scratching the area, and do not be alarmed by swelling. If the sting occurs on an your arm or leg, elevate the body part whenever possible during the healing process. Immediately following the incident, take the following steps:

  • Wash the wound immediately

  • Apply ice to the injury

  • Add water to baking soda until it forms a thick, spreadable paste. Apply this to the sting: It will reduce swelling and irritation.

  • If pain continues take an over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen.

If you experience extreme symptoms following the sting, you could be suffering from an allergic reaction. These reactions can be very serious, and you should seek a doctor’s opinion as quickly as possible.

Wasp Nest Removal is Best Left to the Professionals

Wasp nest removal can be successfully carried out by a homeowner, but to ensure that the problem is taken care of completely without the danger of stings you should reach out to a wasp control professional. Many pest control companies specialize in wasp nest removal, but the best way to find out if the providers in your area offer this service is to call and ask.

Local pest control professionals know all about the type of wasps that are found in your area, as well as the best ways to treat them. There are many varieties of this pest across the country, and without a vast knowledge of these pests it can be very hard to tell the difference. That’s not all, doing this task on your own can be very dangerous if you are allergic, and most people don’t realize they have a wasp allergy until they’ve been stung. Don’t risk finding out the hard way, give a pest control company a call today.

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