Wasps are important to the environment, but when they build their nests near a home, they can be a serious problem. Of the three types of wasps: paper wasps, hornets and yellow jackets, the paper wasp makes its nest in the eaves of a home and has a nest that looks similar to a bees' honeycomb. Hornets nests are often in trees, and yellow jacket nests are typically buried underground or made into walls. According to I Need 2 Know, hornet and yellow jacket nests are best removed by a professional because the wasps are more aggressive and the nests are hard to get to.

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Wasp nests are either in high locations like trees or home eaves, or are buried underground.

Step 1

Obtain a wasp spray from a home improvement store. It is safer to use a spray than to remove the wasp nest without spraying. If using a spray, read the directions thoroughly to ensure the spray is used to its best effect.

Step 2

Put on protective clothing. Bee handler clothing is ideal because it naturally covers the entire body. If bee handler clothing is not available, wear several layers of clothing and tape or rubber band the bottoms at the cuffs to keep them from opening or having space for wasps to get to. Have an assistant dress in a similar manner. Cover every inch of skin, including ears, face and neck with layers of clothing.

Step 3

Wait until evening when the weather starts to cool and the wasps return. Removing the nest while the wasps are away will result in the wasps remaking the nest. Spray the wasp poison at the nest according to the directions and stand away from the nest at a safe distance.

Step 4

Have an assistant hold a flashlight with a red light to allow viewing. Avoid yellow lights, which will attract the wasps.

Step 5

Slip the cloth bag over the nest and cut the nest free. Tie the cloth immediately to prevent the wasps from getting out.

Step 6

Put the bag with the nest in it in water until it is completely covered and has extra water above. Let it sit in the water for several days to kill the wasps. Do not allow the bag to open, and ensure it stays covered by water.