At sunrise or dusk, when these insects are least active, is the best time to plan your attack. Additionally, wait 24 hours before removing the nest to ensure that the majority of insects have died or flown away from it.
When Is it Safe to Remove a Wasp Nest
Following dusk. At night, wasps congregate in their nests. By spraying them at night, you will not only capture them because they are more vulnerable (can’t see well at night), but you will also eliminate a greater number of them because they will all be present at the same time.
I used to have several nests on my property and sprayed them around 10PM. I wasn’t stung once that night, and the next morning, I discovered approximately 50–60 dead wasps beneath the nests.
For my wasps, I prefer soapy water. Wasps are oil-drenched and breathe via their skeleton or skin. When they are splashed with soapy water, they become wet and drown. Almost as quickly as if they were sprayed with gasoline.
I use a small bucket filled with soapy water or a large gulp cup filled similarly. If necessary, practice with only water until your aim is perfect. This will provide you with an indication of how much to use. After dark, suffocate them and flee.
If you have a garden hose applicator, this method also works wonderfully. Practise spraying with the soap mixture until a nice soap film forms during practice runs.
This same soap mixture is effective against garden pests. After spraying with soapy water, rinse with fresh water for approximately 15–20 minutes. If the soapy water is not removed, it will burn the vegetables. Prepared to serve at the dinner table!
So, When Is It The Best Time To Spray A Wasp Nest?
Wasp nests are best dealt with in the early spring, as this is when the queen will establish her nest.
However, you must act quickly, as the number of wasps will rapidly increase the longer you leave it.
If you’ve just discovered this post and are well into the summer season, exercise caution when spraying wasp nests.
By this time, a significant number of wasps will have gathered, and they will typically become more aggressive as the summer months progress.
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What Is The Best Time Of Day To Spray a Wasp Nest?
At night or as early in the morning as possible.
If you choose night, the wasps will be less aggressive and docile.
However, avoid using a flashlight as wasps have been known to attack when exposed to white light; instead, use a red light or red cellophane taped over your torch.
If you believe that going out in the dark will be too dangerous for you, try going out in the morning, but as early as possible.
If you wait until too late in the morning, the wasps will become more active as the temperature rises in the morning, which is definitely not a good time to act.
Bear in mind that the nest will have guard wasps on the lookout for any intruder brave enough to approach the nest.
Once these guards become aware of your actions, they will emit a guard molecule pheromone to alert the others, so be quick with the spray and then flee for cover!
Which Is The Best Wasp Nest Removal Spray?
The Zero In Ultra Power wasp nest killer has received excellent reviews on the Amazon, Screwfix, and Toolstation websites.
With over 452 five-star Amazon reviews, 41 five-star Screwfix reviews, and a five-star rating from Toolstation.
And the fact that all three websites are selling it for just under £10 (at the time of writing this post) is fantastic!
If this product can save you the cost of hiring a pest controller, which typically costs between £75 and £100, it is a worthwhile investment!
One can of Zero In Ultra Power wasp nest killer is sufficient to eliminate 2-3 nests; however, I would recommend using one can per nest just in case.
The best feature of this wasp spray is that it allows you to stand up to 5 metres away from the nest, which is excellent for safety and gives you a chance to seek cover in your home if the wasps become particularly rowdy!
How Long To Wait After Spraying Wasp Nest?
I spoke with a few wasp removal companies over the phone, and they all agreed that if using a store-bought product, 24-48 hours would be ideal, with two applications recommended.
They also mentioned that some wasps may return within 24 hours of spraying the nest, but there should be no activity after 48 hours.
When Is It Safe To Remove a Wasp Nest?
Always wait at least 48 hours following treatment to ensure the insecticide has penetrated the nest and killed all wasps, the queen, and any returning wasps.
Simply ensure that no wasps return before YOU remove the nest.
Then, using a bin liner, place it over the nest, detach it, tie it up, and discard or incinerate it.
Simply avoid doing what this gentleman did…
How Long Does a Wasp Nest last If I Leave It Alone?
I don’t blame you for wanting to leave it alone, particularly if the wasp nest is located in an inaccessible area, such as your roof eaves.
A wasp nest will typically last up to four months, beginning with the first sign of spring.
However, if the nest has not been disturbed by anyone or anything, and the temperature forecast for the year is favorable, the wasp nest may actually survive until the last month of summer, when the temperature begins to fall.
I’ve seen wasps darting about in the early weeks of October on several occasions; that’s seven months!
I would go insane if I had a nest for that long!
Fortunately, if you are not brave enough, or some might say stupid enough, to take on a wasp colony, it is fortunate that you can hire a wasp removal service to do the dangerous work for you!
How Much Does It Cost To Remove Wasps?
I scoured the internet and also made a few phone calls to ascertain the cost of wasp nest removal.
I discovered that some small local businesses were not very transparent about their pricing.
These small businesses (which I will not name) desired to come out on a call out basis and then price the job as they went!
Now, I prefer to be completely transparent about MY pricing, and while a wasp nest can be a significant issue to resolve, I wouldn’t want a hefty bill planted on me arbitrarily.
This is what I refer to as “FEAR pricing,” in which I leverage your FEAR of what if to coerce you into parting with your hard-earned money, no questions asked!
To ensure that you understand what you are getting for your money, I have compiled a table of a few wasp removal companies that I spoke with about removing a wasp nest and who were completely transparent.
Based in Lincolnshire and only cover Lincolnshire area.
|Wasp and hornet removal same day.|
All their work is guaranteed
Cover all of the UK.
|Guaranteed to come out to you within 2 days.|
Their technicians only require 30 – 45 minutes to treat a nest.
Using their online quoting system, I was quoted £219 for the removal of a nest at ground level, outside in my garden.
|Wasp Exterminator London –|
Cover all of London
|Wasp nest removal, One visit guaranteed removal.||£70 +|
Each additional nests on same property £20 each
|Edinburgh Wasp Control –|
Cover all of Edinburgh.
|Same day call out, small local company.|
All work guaranteed.
|£40 flat fee||Visit site|
|Emergency call out available.|
No hidden charges for working at height, special powders or treating hornets.
Guaranteed removal or FREE revisit.
|£30 callout (Up to £39.00 depending on location).|
Just £25 per nest.
After 5 nests only £15 per nest.
After 5pm or weekends +£5 callout
As you can see, prices vary considerably, although if you can locate a company such as Edinburgh Wasp Control in your area that charges a flat fee of £40, I would personally leave it to them to sort out.
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Hopefully, you now understand when the best time is to spray a wasp nest; simply follow the steps above and your wasp problem will be eradicated in no time.
Again, if you’re unsure, call a local wasp removal company; especially if you’ve never been stung before, you’ll have no way of knowing if you’re allergic to a wasp sting!
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