How to Get Rid of Wasps

Different Types of Wasps

Bald Faced Hornet

European Hornet

Paper Wasp

Yellow Jacket







There are two varieties of wasps: social and solitary. Social wasps live in nests, and are usually the kind of wasp that everybody wants to get rid of, either because the wasp population has become bothersome, or because the wasp nest is too close to your house, kids and pets. Solitary wasps are no less intimidating than their social relatives but fortunately for us, they often lay their eggs inside of their prey, thus eliminating the burden of building a nest and defending it’s territory, therefore, they are much more docile. Solitary and other docile species of wasps are good for you and your garden because they help decrease the populations of many other creatures labelled pests.

Wasp Stings

A wasp’s stinger is barbed differently to a honey bee’s stinger. The wasp can repeatedly sting its victim causing pain and swelling, f you are allergic to insect bites of any kind, it is recommended that you seek medical attention immediately. A simple and effective wasp sting treatment (for non-allergic sting victims) is to wash the sting with soap and water, take an antihistamine, and apply ice to the sting.

Instructions for Treating Wasp Nests

Finding the nest usually entails a quick survey of any heavy wasp traffic during sunrise or sunset, when wasps are most active. Once the sun is down and there is significantly less traffic near the nest, put on protective overalls, a veil, safety mask and gloves, just to be safe. Generously spray the nest entrance with a wasp killing agent. Most wasp poisons kill on contact, but it’s best to be safe by slowly leaving the area, any sudden movements may attract their attention.

The location of the wasp nest will decide what type of wasp killer you use, for nests that are elevated, find a wasp and hornet killer that is labeled as a projectile spray. This will ensure a stream of wasp poison from 15–20 feet in length, allowing a fairly safe distance between you and the nest. Repeat this process twice or possibly even three times until you are 100% certain that their is no more activity in the nest, then knock down the nest (if it’s an aerial nest), or fill the nest with dirt and gravel (if it’s in the ground). Wasps treatments and repellents don’t just come in the forms of sprays, there are also foams, traps, etc.

1 – Wasp Trap:

  • cut the top 1/3 off of a 2 litre bottle
  • flip the removed top so that the lid is facing down and put it back inside the other 2/3 of the bottle, creating an inverted cone.
  • attach the inverted bottle part with several staples to secure.
  • partially fill the bottle with wasp attractant, sugary liquid, or fruit juice concentrate, ensuring that you spill a little on the outside to really entice the wasps.
  • hang bottle with string or place firmly in the problem area, once the wasp is inside it will become confused by the conical entrance, leaving it to starve or drown in the liquid.
  • remember to lean and refill the wasp trap every few days to keep the attractant fresh or simply make a new one.

2 – Boiling Water: This isn’t exactly the most humane way to get rid of wasps, and it’s not necessarily the most effective way, either, but if you are not into spraying poisons all over your lawn, this option may be for you. It is quite simple, find a yellow jacket nest by monitoring their traffic, once the nest is located, boil a very large pot of water, then pour the boiling water into the nest late at night when the wasps are sleeping. Be sure that you are not allergic to any stings and to wear the appropriate protective gear for dealing with wasps.

3 – Citrus Oil Extract:  The active ingredients in Citrus Oil Extract usually result in near instant death when they come into contact with a wasp and is starting to be used more as a botanical insecticide. Add several drops to a spray bottle filled with water and use it while gardening to kill rogue wasps.


If you feel a little out of your league when it comes to dealing with wasps, please don’t hesitate to call Jim’s Termite & Pest Control on 131 546 or book online for a free, no-obligation quote.

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