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Wasps can take up residence in random places such as the inside of a wall to build their colony. In many cases, this creates problems because it is difficult to reach. It is essential to remove the nest as soon as you discover them. Read on and find out how to exterminate wasps from your wall.
What Does A Wasp Scenario Look Like To A Homeowner?
As a homeowner, the first thing you are likely to notice is wasps entering and exiting from a hole in the wall of your home. Your first action will be to go to a store and buy a hornet killer or liquid wasp killer. You will then probably spray inside the hole at night. After a few days, you may notice a decrease in activity and decide to plug the hole. Worst mistake ever!
What Normally Happens
The above picture may sound like the best solution, and you will feel proud as a homeowner to have a solution in hand. You may even see some dead wasps on the floor. However, this is just temporary. The wasps will go off to work, and when they settle- your problem begins.
What Actually Happens
A liquid wasp killer cannot kill a wasp nest as it cannot penetrate inside to destroy the whole colony. When you plug the hole, you force the remaining wasps in your wall to move via an alternative point. Often, they find an exit on the inside. If they do so, rest assured that your troubles have just begun!
Professional Wasp Extermination
As a homeowner, you may know the location and size of the wasp nest in the wall. However, there are some things that only a professional eye can notice. These things include:
- Has the nest softened the inside of the wall? When a colony fully settles in your wall, its secretions will soak your wall to a point where the nest goes through the wall.
- Are the wasps honeybees or yellow jackets?
After determining the above, what will a professional wasp exterminator do? They will use dust formulation and never liquid spray to spray in the hole. Dust formulation goes deeper into your walls and kills all wasps instantly.
Secondly, a professional will not plug the hole until they are sure they have eliminated the nest. A professional exterminator already knows the harm it can cause their clients if they do not eliminate the wasps to completion. Lastly, they are aware that the best way to solve this problem is by drilling the walls from the inside to eliminate the wasps.
Wasp Extermination Procedure
- The first step is to locate the nest and determine the wasps’ entry point from outside. Be patient and pay attention to their flight patterns and where they settle in the wall.
- Seal the entry and exit points where the wasp nest is located in your wall. Use a sealant to prevent them from escaping, only to return after treatment has been applied.
- Get a lure trap and hang it near the wasp nest. The trap attracts the wasps and reduces the number of wasps in the wall when applying the pesticide.
- Drill a big hole in your wall where you will apply your pesticide.
- Insert your applicator and spray your insecticidal dust.
- Repeat as many times as needed until you have exterminated all the wasps in your wall.
- Seal off the entry points on your wall to prevent other colonies from moving in.
How Not To Remove A Wasp Nest
There are many DIY methods that you can follow to remove a wasp nest. However, it would be best to be cautious as wasps are aggressive and require minimal provocation to attack. Therefore trying to use DIY methods can cost you money and health.
1. Using Water
Some people may use water to get rid of wasps. The truth, however, is that this method is ineffective. When you flood the hive, the wasps will attack you as a defense, and you may sustain injuries or, worse, go into shock if you are allergic to a wasp sting. You can also damage your property. For instance, if the wasp nest is in the attic, you will damage both the attic beams and the ceiling boards.
2. Using Fire
Trying to burn your wasp nest is dangerous. Wasp nests are made of papery pulp that is highly flammable. Because of this, you could end up getting painful burns or, worse still, burning down your property. Moreover, it would be best never to burn a wasp nest as fire does not eliminate all the wasps in the colony. Attempting to burn the nest can cause the remaining wasps in the colony to attack you and other bystanders.
3. Using A Baseball Bat
Honestly, you should reserve this idea for fighting intruders. Trying to destroy wasps using a baseball or racket puts you at risk of being stung. This method is hazardous, especially if you are allergic to stings.
How Do You Prevent Wasp Nests?
As you may have noticed, wasp nest removal is difficult and dangerous if done incorrectly. Wasps are dangerous and tenacious when provoked, and you are advised not to use your DIY methods to remove the wasp nest.
As a result, preventing wasp nests is vital! Here are some ways you can prevent wasps from building nests in your walls:
- Do not keep food or fruits around your porch.
- Use caulk to shut cracks and crevices on the doors and windows.
- Place wasp repellants around your property.
- Always check for nests and treat them in the early stage.
- Seal your garbage cans.
- Do not leave any trash lying around your home.
- Fill up all holes in grass or cement.
- Always keep your trees and shrubs pruned.
- Remove all standing water from gutters and birdbaths
- When having barbecues, keep all the food covered if not being served.
There are many myths on exterminating wasps in walls, and they can be unsafe and misleading. You may think that online DIY methods will get rid of the wasps completely. However, there is a high chance of the queen surviving. If the queen survives, it moves on to start another colony in another place on your property. You are advised to engage an expert to help you exterminate wasps from your walls to avoid the difficulties of this trial and error method.
Additionally, choose to engage exterminators that use eco-friendly products. They will use aerosols and insecticidal dust to neutralise hives and make them uninhabitable.