After what seems like the longest winter on record, it is officially Spring! This means we can expect all the great things that Spring has to offer. Flowers growing and baby animals being born. More time outdoors as the days get longer. And hopefully warmer. However, there are some downsides to this time of year. One of which is that wasp Queens are starting to build their nests. So, before we receive multiple calls about getting rid of wasps nests. And considering we are now at the very beginning of wasp season in Ireland. Now is the perfect time to discuss everything you need to know about safe wasp nest removal.
Is it Safe to Conduct a Wasp Nest Removal by Myself?
Wasps are aggressive insects. So, we never advice that an unqualified person removes a nest. As it is risky. However, there is a small window of time that is safer than others. So, the answer to this question depends on the time of year that you are reading this blog post. If you are reading this in March or April, then yes. At this stage, a wasps nest is the size of a golf ball. Or walnut. And typically just inhabits the Queen. Therefore, it is safe for you to remove the nest. Firstly, we would advice spraying the nest with a shop bought wasp killer treatment. And secondly, remove the nest after the time stated on the bottle. Disposing of the nest is not necessary. However, if you wish to do this then use a brown or green bin.
Will a Wasp Sting if I Attempt to Remove the Nest?
Yes, wasps will absolutely sting if anyone attempts to remove the nest. Wasps sting as a defence mechanism. Therefore, if someone tries to infiltrate their home, they are going to get aggressive. And sting. And unlike bees, wasps can sting multiple times. This is why we always advice a professional solution. As not only do wasp stings hurt, they are also potentially dangerous. Especially to those with allergies. If a person is unknowingly allergic to wasp venom, they can suffer from anaphylaxis. Which can be life threatening. Additionally, those with medical conditions such as asthma might find it more difficult to remove a wasp nest safely. Due to their increased risk of an allergic reaction from a single sting.
DIY Wasp Nest Removal Advice
If you don’t want to enlist professional help, then here is some important advice. Regarding safety when it comes to DIY wasp nest removal. Before attempting removal, make sure to dress appropriately in protective clothing. Such as gloves, long sleeves, and full length trousers. It’s also wise to spray the nest with an insecticide from a distance. As spraying will make the wasps angry. And likely to sting. Finally, you can remove the nest, once the wasps die off. Make sure there is no activity before removing the nest.
When Should I Use a Professional Wasp Control Solution?
We would always advice customers to utilise a professional pest control company to remove a nest. Even if we are not the company they choose to go with. As this is by far the safest and smartest option. A professional has the skills, PPE, and insecticide to safely and effectively treat the nest. A professional wasp control solution completely eliminates the potential hazards that a DIY solution entails. Good Riddance Pest Control provides same day wasp nest removal in Dublin. And Meath, Wicklow & Kildare.