Waspnest control

Fighting wasp nest

Many people are afraid of wasps. This is not strange, because a wasp sting is particularly painful. The stung part of the body can become painfully swollen. The respiratory tract can also swell, resulting in asphyxiation. If you are allergic, quick use of an Epipen is necessary. If this is not available, a doctor must be called in immediately!

Wasp

Wasps are also known to be particularly aggressive. There are stories of people who had to flee from an attacking swarm.

Especially in the second half of the summer wasps can become a real plague. Some people even avoid the terrace for this reason, because no matter how many wasp-catchers there are in the area, there are always a few wasps that can’t resist the temptation to stop by your table to see if there are any treats left.

If you already find a few wasps annoying at your table, a wasp’s nest in (or near) your house is of course a real nightmare. Then there’s only one thing: that wasp’s nest has to go.  Keep in mind that this is a dangerous job. Because what would you do if someone suddenly starts demolishing your house? Exactly, you go on the attack. So there is a good chance that the aggressive wasps won’t be able to make themselves homeless just like that. Actually, it is better to have this done by a professional wasp fighter.  But if you really want to do it yourself, be particularly careful. Prepare yourself well, with the information below.

How to recognise a wasp’s nest

Wasps build a new nest every spring. There are about 50,000 different species of wasps in the world. And each species of wasp builds its own unique nest. Wasp nests come in countless forms. Luckily you don’t have to determine 50,000 nests yourself, only a few different species of wasp live in the Netherlands.  Some species build their nests underground. You can find these nests by paying close attention to the flight pattern of the wasps in your garden. If you see all wasps flying to a certain spot, chances are that there is an entrance there.

A wasp’s nest can be compared to a city in which the wasp population lives. Just as a city consists of streets and buildings, the wasp’s nest is made up of many cells and combs, which can be accessed through corridors.

Better known, however, are the wasp nests that are made of chewed wood. They look a bit paper-like, as if thousands of little hands have been tinkering with the paper maché. That resemblance is true.

The wasp’s nest starts with the queen. She is the only one of her people who survived the winter. So she is also responsible for the survival of her people. During the previous year, she kept the males and the sperm in her body for all those months. In spring it is time to reproduce again. The queen starts chewing wood to make a breeding chamber. There she lays the first eggs, from which workers are “born”. These workers take over the building and soon there are indeed thousands of wasps working fulltime to pulverise wood and expand the nest.

Around the beginning of the summer they have made a nest of about three decimetres in diameter, although outliers are possible.

Where to expect a wasp’s nest?

Wasps like to sit in a nice sheltered spot. The queen is looking for a place that protects her nest from wind, rain and bright sun. She often finds this shelter close to houses. A house is an irresistible collection of nooks, crannies and crevices.  Particularly attractive sites for wasps are the gutter or the eaves, but the attic is also very attractive (especially the attic). Cavity walls are also very popular, they offer space and are easily accessible through the ventilation holes.

Wasps can also have a great time in outbuildings.  Think of garden sheds, barns and garages.  If the queen does not like any of these locations, she can also build her nest in tree trunks or shrubs.

In short: a wasp’s nest can actually sit anywhere. Even in places that are difficult or inaccessible for us. That’s logical, because if we can’t reach it, it’s a place that is clearly safe from predators. Especially wasp nests in cavity walls are notoriously difficult to control. After all, you can’t just make a hole in your wall. However, wasp nests in cavity walls are especially important to combat, because when you build your nest, the wasps will eat your insulation material and your house will suddenly get a lot colder!

Wasp prepared

Did you find the wasp’s nest? Then don’t just start removing the nest. Prepare yourself well to work as safely as possible and solve the problem as a whole.

Do it yourself, or leave it to a professional?

Now that you have come this far, you may, of course, start to have some doubts. Such a buzzing and buzzing nest full of stinging wasps can be quite frightening. You can then choose to call in a professional after all.

He (or she) will generally follow a standard step-by-step plan. First, the wasp repellent will trace the wasp’s nest and then, based on what he finds, decide on the best way to control it. Thereafter, wasp control agents will be used. These agents ensure that the wasps in the nest die. Preventive measures then follow. These serve to ensure that wasps do not re-establish themselves.

Engaging a wasp repellent has a number of advantages. First of all, you don’t have to worry about being stung. That in itself is nice, but there is more. A good professional will guarantee that the wasp’s nest will actually be removed. In addition, the wasp exterminator will be able to advise you on prevention, he will help you to prevent new wasp nests from being built. He will often propose a number of sustainable solutions that make your immediate environment unattractive to wasps.

And then there is the environmental impact. A professional wasp repellent will work with pesticides specifically targeting wasps. Other animals, including the legally protected bee and bumblebee, are not affected.

Control wasps by only then remove them

You may have noticed in the previous section that the wasp fighter first focuses on fighting the people before doing anything else. That is simply because it is impossible to remove a wasp’s nest if the people are still alive. Because the wasps are really not going to sit and watch while you demolish their home. So fighting is inevitable to prevent them from attacking you with everything they have inside them. Only when the whole population has been killed, the nest can be removed. But often the latter is not even necessary anymore, because wasps only use a nest once. So an empty nest will never be inhabited again.

How can you control the wasp nest?

When fighting a wasp’s nest it is important to protect yourself well. Therefore, make sure you wear a wasp suit, including a mask. A wasp suit is made of a thick fabric that protects you from (most) stings. Although a wasp suit is not 100% stitch-proof, it protects you well. The mesh mask allows you to see what you are doing while remaining inaccessible to the attackers.

Dressed in this wasp suit you can proceed to attack. An effective weapon is wasp powder, which you spray into the nest.  Apply the wasp powder to the entrance of the wasp nest, so that wasps that fly in and out of the nest spread the powder over the rest of the nest. In this way the powder reaches deep into the nest, killing workers and larvae.

In some cases the nest is so large that the wasp powder is not completely spread. Parts of the wasp population can then survive. Perhaps also the queen, which allows the people to recover. You can then use different forms of control agents. Each type of pesticide contains different components, so you can face the wasp people with different weapons. Does all this not work? Then it might be time for a professional.

Below we list a number of frequently used and effective pesticides.

Where do you buy wasp pesticides?

The easiest way is to buy your wasp pesticides online. Simply click on the link in the table above to place your order. The pesticides will then be delivered to your home (often within a day). You can also buy pesticides against wasps in supermarkets, drugstores, garden centres and DIY stores. A quick search with the terms “wasps”, “pesticides” and your place of residence will quickly result in some good hits.

How to apply wasp spray or wasp powder?

When you have bought a wasp spray or wasp powder it is always a good idea to read the label. On it you will find the specific instructions for the product you have in your hand. Most agents have a number of things in common:

  • Because wasps are less active at night and in the evening, that’s the time of day to apply the wasp powder and spray. That’s because it’s a lot safer (for you, not the wasp).
  • Don’t you kill in the nest? That could be due to the wasp powder. Maybe you need a stronger powder. Doesn’t that work as well? Then call in a professional. He often has access to stronger pesticides.

 

Bonus: Do’s en Don’ts with a wasp’s nest

Do: Be quick.

If you have found a wasp’s nest, you have to act immediately. The longer you wait, the bigger the wasp population. A wasp hive can contain up to 25,000 wasps. So intervene early, that saves a lot of misery.

Do: keep windows and doors closed

Prevent wasps from entering, so that you can at least eat in peace and quiet.

Do: dare to ask

Not sure if a wasp’s nest is inhabited or not? Ask an expert. You can also observe the nest well. Look and listen carefully. If you don’t see anything flying for a long time and don’t hear a buzzing sound, make sure you have some vibrations. This will scare up any wasps and make them active.

Don’t: set fire to the wasp’s nest

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Not long ago there was a film viral of a man who had decided to burn a nest. Although this was effective, there were some side effects: his whole house had burned down. But even if the fire does not skip, it is very dangerous. Surviving wasps can become very aggressive and attack everything and everyone in the neighbourhood. Pets, neighbours, your children: everyone becomes the target of a wasp made homeless by fire. And if the queen is among the survivors, the – now much more aggressive – people will simply build a new wasp. Then you have only made the problem worse.

Don’t: throwing water over a wasp’s nest

It is not possible to eradicate a wasp’s nest by throwing water over it. Although a number of wasps will undoubtedly drown, there are plenty of corridors and rooms in the colony. As a result, there are always a number of air bubbles in which the water does not penetrate. The surviving wasps will be more aggressive than before, making the problem even bigger. Moreover, you run the risk of water damage in the house. You don’t need that.

Don’t: attack the wasp’s nest with a bat

Do you want to have a chance to win the Darwin Award? Fight a wasp’s nest with a bat, hockey stick or other percussion weapon. At the first strike, the whole people will mobilise and go to war against the threat. The chance of getting rid of this without a wasp’s sting is extremely small. You would not be the first to be hospitalised because of a large number of wasp stings. So don’t be an idiot, just don’t do this.

Don’t: closing the entrance or exit of the cavity wall

The ventilation openings of the cavity wall are there for a reason. The ventilation is important to protect your insulation against decay. So don’t close that opening. What’s more: if you close the wasp passage, they’ll just look for another opening. This causes extra damage to the cavity wall. Also, the new entrance can sometimes be in an even worse accessible place than the old one. This only makes it more difficult to combat.

Hopefully the information above will help you in your fight against wasps. Take this fight seriously. Don’t start half-prepared, but treat your enemy with the respect he deserves.

Many people are afraid of wasps. This is not strange, because a wasp sting is particularly painful. The stung part of the body can become painfully swollen. The respiratory tract can also swell, resulting in asphyxiation. If you are allergic, quick use of an Epipen is necessary. If this is not available, a doctor must be called in immediately!

Wasps are also known to be particularly aggressive. There are stories of people who had to flee from an attacking swarm.

Especially in the second half of the summer wasps can become a real plague. Some people even avoid the terrace for this reason, because no matter how many wasp-catchers there are in the area, there are always a few wasps that can’t resist the temptation to stop by your table to see if there are any treats left.

If you already find a few wasps annoying at your table, a wasp’s nest in (or near) your house is of course a real nightmare. Then there’s only one thing: that wasp’s nest has to go.  Keep in mind that this is a dangerous job. Because what would you do if someone suddenly starts demolishing your house? Exactly, you go on the attack. So there is a good chance that the aggressive wasps won’t be able to make themselves homeless just like that. Actually, it is better to have this done by a professional wasp fighter.  But if you really want to do it yourself, be particularly careful. Prepare yourself well, with the information below.

How to recognise a wasp’s nest

Wasps build a new nest every spring. There are about 50,000 different species of wasps in the world. And each species of wasp builds its own unique nest. Wasp nests come in countless forms. Luckily you don’t have to determine 50,000 nests yourself, only a few different species of wasp live in the Netherlands.  Some species build their nests underground. You can find these nests by paying close attention to the flight pattern of the wasps in your garden. If you see all wasps flying to a certain spot, chances are that there is an entrance there.

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