Having wasps in your house can be scary. Wasps are social, numerous, and will sting to protect their territory, especially their nest. If wasps decide to make a home in your fireplace, there are some simple solutions to remedy the problem. The most important step to fix a wasp problem is to identify the type of wasp you are dealing with, as that will help you determine the best strategy. Some wasps are docile while others are aggressive.

Getting Rid of Solitary Wasps

Step 1

Identify the wasp. Solitary wasps are long, thin, and dark in color. They are not aggressive.

Step 2

Spray the infested area/nest with orange oil spray. Orange oil should kill the wasps on contact.

Step 3

Continue spraying until all the wasps are killed.

Getting Rid of Paper Wasps

Step 4

Identify the wasp. Paper wasps can be identified by their nests. The nests look as if they are made of paper and have hexagonal structures similar to that of honey bees. Paper wasps are docile in nature.

Step 5

Spray the paper wasps with a pressurized wasp insecticide. Use the pressurized spray in order to keep a safe distance from the nest.

Step 6

Continue spraying until the wasps are killed, stopping in five minute intervals.

Getting Rid of Yellow Jackets

Step 7

Identify the wasps. Yellow jackets are famously thin and have bright yellow stripes. These wasps are extremely territorial and very aggressive.

Step 8

From a safe distance, spray the wasps with a pressurized wasp insecticide.

Step 9

Continue spraying until all the wasps are dead, stopping in five minute intervals. You may need to apply spray repeatedly to eliminate large nests.