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How Do I Get Rid of a Wasp's Nest?

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The best method to get rid of a wasp's nest is to call an exterminator who is trained to deal with the extremely aggressive wasps within the nest, but such a method could be cost prohibitive. If you must get rid of the nest yourself, be sure to consider all the available options, risks, and benefits before proceeding. In any attempt to get rid of a wasp's nest, be sure to execute the process at night, when the wasps are less active and are either inside the nest or near it. That way you will not have to deal with returning wasps hovering around that area after the nest has been disposed of.

The most common method to get rid of a wasp's nest involves using chemical sprays that can be propelled over long distances. When using such chemicals — or any other method of trying to get rid of a wasp's nest — be sure to clear the immediate area of people and pets, especially children, who may be adversely affected by the chemical spray or by a wasp's sting. If the wasp's nest is near a doorway or other area frequented by people or pets, block off that area temporarily, for at least twenty-four hours, during and after removal.

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One method used frequently to remove the nest is to build a small fire beneath the nest and smoke out the wasps. While this method is generally effective, it is also dangerous for several reasons; first, the fire could get out of control, especially if it is near a house or other structure; second, the wasps will not be immediately killed by the smoke, so they may escape the nest, increasing the potential for a sting. Never set the wasp's nest on fire, as the fire may burn out of control and cause damage and injury.

Be sure to dress appropriately for the job. Wear long sleeved shirts and pants, and if possible, a beekeeping helmet and netting. Wear gloves and protective eyewear, and try not to have too much exposed flesh in case the wasps get free. Never shine a light into the nest, as this can aggravate the wasps. Spray directly into the nest and the surrounding areas, and leave the area immediately after dousing the nest. Do not return for several hours. Upon returning, inspect the area for wasp activity and spray more if necessary. Returning wasps will come in contact with the poisoned nest, which will kill them, as well. Be sure to remove the nest once all wasps are definitely killed to prevent other wasps or animals from rebuilding or reusing the nest.

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