It is a very unpleasant situation to have a wasp nest around or inside your home and more when you have small kids or a family member who is allergic to their stings. There is the option of contacting an exterminator, bit if this is not viable, you can take care of the menace yourself if you are not allergic to stings. When attempting to remove a wasps nest wear protective clothing, get rid of the nest at night when the wasps are less active and spray the nest thoroughly with an approved pesticide. You can also use smoke, hot water or insecticidal dust and undertake measures to deter the wasps from ever coming back again.
There various ways of destroying the wasp's abode. The following are ways to safely make sure the wasps no longer have a home in your home
Spraying a Pesticide
Buy an aerosol pesticide spray specifically built to exterminate wasps from your local stores. Ensure you don’t purchase pesticides made for ants and other smaller insects as they may not be effective in killing wasps. Always wear a protective clothing and spray the downside if the nest for approximately 10-15 seconds or according to the pesticide manufacturers instructions and vacate the area fast. Let the pesticide to take effect overnight and the following day you can observe the nest from a distance. If there’s any activity on the nest, you can go through the process again. Once there is no activity on the nest, remove it with a long rod or stick, soak it with a pesticide and dispose of it immediately.
When you are dealing with nests on the ground like the ones used by yellow jackets, insecticidal dust works better than aerosol pesticide spray as it penetrates up to the nests' core. Get some insecticidal dust and quantify a quarter cup into a plastic container that you can dispose of permanently. Apply the powder into the opening of the nest at night or very early in the morning while making sure to wear the appropriate protective gear and vacate the area immediately. Allow the wasps to move in and out of the nest liberally by not blocking the entrance. This ensures that the wasps carry the dust with their legs, body, and wings deep inside the nest and eventually contaminating their fellow wasps. The wasps will die off between 24 to 48 hours and if they don’t repeat the process from scratch.
If you are not comfortable with using a pesticide or an insecticide, water and a plate soap can be a better and simple solution that is very effective in exterminating wasps by coating their wings and making it impossible for them to fly and drowning them eventually. Aim a strong stream of water directly at the gate of the nest for 10 to 20 seconds when targeting an aerial nest. If it’s a ground nest, spray the solution into the entrance directly and leave the area immediately. Though very active, you may need to repeat the process severally as the solution needs to make contact with every wasp so that it can exterminate it.
Another effective way of removing aerial nests from your home is smoke. Start by starting a small fire directly under the nest using your grill, and the smoke will rise and enter the nest forcing the wasps to leave by suffocation. After letting the smoke for an hour or so, you can be certain that the nest is empty and remove it with a rod and dispose of it. This technique is only suitable for hanging nests and not sufficient for underground nests or the ones too close to your house, as the house may catch fire by accident.