How Do You Destroy Wasp Nests?

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Removing wasp nests requires a chemical insecticide, protective clothing, a long-handled broom, a plastic bag and a ladder depending on the nest’s location. To remove wasp nests without chemicals, a hose with a sprayer and hot soapy water are needed. Caution should be used when removing wasp nests, especially if anyone who is allergic to wasp stings is nearby.

  1. Spray the nest

    Purchase a chemical wasp insecticide. While wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants, gloves, a hat and shoes, spray the nest with the insecticide. Be sure to coat the entire nest. Wait until the following day before checking the nest.

  2. Check the nest for activity

    After giving the insecticide time to work, check the nest for live wasps. Examine the nest in the evening or in cooler weather, as any remaining wasps are less likely to sting during those times. If wasps are still visible, re-spray and wait until the next day.

  3. Remove the empty nest

    After all the wasps are dead, use a long-handled broom to knock down the empty nest. A ladder may be required to reach the nest. Remove all traces of the nest. Place the empty nest in a plastic bag, and throw it away.

  4. Try more natural methods

    To remove wasp nests without the use of chemical insecticides, use hot soapy water. Fill the sprayer of a hose attachment with hot soapy water. Soak the nest while remaining a safe distance away. Wear protective clothing as needed. If the force of the sprayer doesn’t cause the nest to fall on its own, remove the nest with a long-handled broom once the wasps are dead. Place the nest in a plastic bag, and throw it away.