When treating bee or wasp nests, wear protective clothing. Treat wasp nests at night when the insects are in the nest and less active, and use a flashlight with a red lens to prevent disturbing the insects. If honey bees are present, contact a local beekeeper before killing the bees, as many beekeepers remove honeybees free of charge. After treating nests of carpenter bees, seal and paint the infested wood to prevent a reinfestation.
Before treating the nest, identify the bee or wasp to ensure the proper method is used to kill the insects. For instance, carpenter bees are eliminated by spraying powdered insecticide into the nest entrance, while underground wasp nests are treated with spray insecticide.
When yellowjackets are foraging, keep garbage and other food sources, such as empty soda cans, in a lidded container, and place traps in the affected areas of the property. Contact a pest control professional if a yellowjacket nest is located inside a wall or other hidden area in the home, as this type of infestation is difficult to control.
If the nest is located in an out-of-the-way area and doesn't pose a health risk to people, allow the nest to remain undisturbed, as bees and wasps are beneficial insects.