How to get rid of wasps

08/25/2015 - Terminix Québec

So you think you have a wasp nest around the house… How can you get rid of it?

First of all, you need to differentiate bees from wasps. Wasps will have a distinctive separation between their abdomen and thorax. Bumblebees and hornets will be bigger and make more noise. Note that they are harmless in most cases.

The bites are definitely the main danger when we decide to get rid of a wasp’s nest by ourselves. Did you know that 17% of people will have an allergic reaction to a wasp bite? And many of them don’t know they are allergic.

Another danger is the height of the nest. A high eave paired with a ladder too small has never made a good mix.

Interesting fact: wasps don’t like the smell of coffee and lavender.


Identifying the wasps

It is important to well identify, ideally by a professional the wasps you are facing. Some of the species are harmless and many of them, useful for the environment. On the opposite, some species are very aggressive, like the Germanic wasp. Contrary to bees, which die when they sting, wasps can sting you repetitively. The social wasps, which live in groups, are the ones that tend to bug us, as opposed to the solitary wasps that are often harmless.

Tricks to avoid wasps

At the beginning of the summer, make a habit of keeping an eye around the house, to prevent the construction of a nest. It’s far simpler to get rid of a starting nest than a big one at the end of the season.

To help you keep the wasps far from you, cover your food and beverages when you eat outside. Don’t leave leftovers that could attract insects, which wasps feed from. They also like sweet scents, so try to avoid wearing perfume and hair spray. Also cover your trashcans.

If you put up traps, make sure you don’t attract wasps with sweet scents, because you will also attract bees, which are endangered. Put these traps far from playgrounds and spots where you circulate a lot, as they will increase the presence of wasps around them.

If the nest is in a spot where it’s not a threat to your health, you could also think to leave it there until November or December, once it empties. Then, you’ll be able to safely dispose of it.

To remove it when it’s still occupied, we strongly recommend calling professionals. At Cameron Group, we even offer a free quote! So why take the risk?