How to Remove a Wasp Nest

How to Remove a Wasp Nest. Wasps are actually helpful insects because they prey on many plant-eating pests. Usually wasps prefer to avoid humans, but if they nest too close to a dwelling, they can present a problem. Luckily, there are natural, non-chemical ways of removing wasps nests. Read on to learn more.

Step 1

Ask a friend to help you, because removing a wasp nest safely requires more than one set of hands. One person will remove the nest while the helper quickly contains it. Make sure that you ask a friend that is capable of working calmly and quickly.

Step 2

Wear protective clothing. A beekeeper's suit is best, but if you don't have access to one, wear boots and heavy pants. Roll your pant cuffs outside of your boots and put a rubber band around the top of your boots to keep wasps from flying up your pant leg. Wear a sturdy, long-sleeved shirt and a pair of heavy work gloves with the sleeve cuffs fastened around the cuffs with rubber bands.

Step 3

Protect your face and head. Wear a protective hat and, if possible, construct a veil of protective fabric.

Step 4

If you have a pair of heavy coveralls, wear them over the top. This will keep any stingers from reaching your skin.

Step 5

Remove the nest in the cool of the evening when the wasps will be drowsy.

Step 6

Ask your helper to hold a large box with a tightly-fitting lid underneath the wasp nest. Cut the stem holding the nest very quickly with a long-handled pruning hook or other long cutting tool. Close the box as quickly as possible and seal it.

Step 7

Submerge the box in a tub of water or place it in a freezer for several hours. Be sure that all the wasps are dead before you remove the box, because wasps are able to chew through nearly anything.