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Wasp are social insects, always on the lookout for new food sources, nesting sites for their mates, or a place to simply hibernate for cold winter months. Wasps usually construct their nests in areas inside or near openings that lead inside the house, such as wall voids and attic spaces. Bees are similarly colonial-minded, constructing hives to protect their queen bees and nest their eggs. Although these insects have proven to be beneficial to nature at large, having these nests grow near or insides human living spaces puts homeowners at great risk for infestations and dangerous stings, stings that would be especially painful for any children, pets, or those allergic to these type of insects. Having the knowledge to accurately identify the specific species of these insects is a crucial first step towards coming up with the proper solutions for removal. Despite their similarities, they require a different approach in dealing with the numbers they might have produced and a different set of removal skills to properly ensure that the problem is removed from the property.

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We have been extremely happy with Bug-Off. They are very thorough and responsive. Our technician, Matthew Smith, is very knowledgeable about insects and pest control. He also has expertly removed yellow jacket wasps on two separate occasions from our property.

How do I get rid of a wasps nest?

To get rid of a wasp nest you will need protective clothing, a pesticide, and an extension pole and ladder if the nest is out of reach. Be sure to keep your eyes and head covered. A bee suit is great for protection. Use a pesticide with a quick knockdown effect (Wasp Freeze, Pro Control) and apply it to the hole of the wasp nest. Let the nest sit and dry for a few minutes to be sure there is no more activity. Cut the nest down and dispose of it.

How much does it cost to remove a wasp nest?

Wasp nest removal can range in price depending on the size and location of the nest. A small nest (golf ball size) that may be located in an exterior light socket or on the corner of a door frame can be included with our quarterly pest control service. For a large nest (basketball size), expect to pay between $100 - $200. A large nest that is up high and requires a ladder, can cost over $200.

Treatment of nesting wasps requires a skillful approach to maintain safety and minimize the possibility of stings. Some stinging pests, the ball-faced hornet, can be very aggressive and require a quick knockdown. The application of aerosol products containing botanical ingredients (based on plant essential oils) have become more available in recent years and offer the knockdown effect.

All nests are not easily exposed and some, yellowjackets and cicada killers, are located in the ground. For control of ground nests, the burrows can be treated effectively with an insecticide dust. The treatment of an exposed nests may require a ladder and pole extension to properly apply the insecticide. Harder to reach nests can require additional pricing.

Honeybees are beneficial insects and they should not be indiscriminately destroyed. The ideal situation for honeybee removal is to contact a local beekeeper to collect them. They should be treated only if honeybees are posing direct health and safety risk and a beekeeper cannot remove them.

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Certain types of wasps, such as ball-faced hornets, can be quite aggressive, so they require a quicker knockdown approach along with the application of aerosol products that contain botanical ingredients that help with the knockdown effect. Other nests are not as easily exposed in the open, like yellowjacket and cicada killer nests that are located in the ground. For ground nests, the burrows can be treated with insecticide dust. They may require a ladder and pole extension to properly apply the insecticide, which would require additional pricing.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to take control of pest control problems. The more swiftly a problem is examined and exterminated, the lesser the likelihood of significantly more property and personal damage. Give us a call and start making a plan with Bug Off Exterminators.