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The DIY Guide to Removing a Bee or Wasp Nest

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If you have noticed signs of either a bee nest or a wasp nest on your property, you might not want to wait for a professional but instead choose to remove it on your own. Although this can be a laborious and time-consuming process with more than its fair share of risks, it is important to note that removing a bee or wasp net is not an impossible task for a homeowner acting on their own. In fact, there are even YouTube videos posted for the explicit purpose of passing useful information onto other interested individuals.

How Can You Remove a Bee or Wasp Nest on Your Own?

Are you planning to remove a bee or wasp nest on your own?  If so, you should make sure to follow these simple steps:

Species Identification

First and foremost, you should see about identifying the particular species of bee or wasp that you have found on your property since this will tell you what you should expect, what you should use to solve your problem, and whether you should call in a professional or not. You can attempt to do this by looking at the resources that can be found on the Internet, but in some places, you should be able to get more reliable results by contacting either the right authorities or the right institutions for their pest identification services.

Protective Clothing

If you are going to remove a nest, you should make sure to wear protective clothing. At a minimum, this means wearing a pair of jeans, a hooded sweater, boots, and gloves, which are made of a substance that is strong enough to withstand bee and wasp stings. Furthermore, you should have a pair of goggles for your eyes as well as a scarf wrapped around the bottom half of your face so that you will not have even an inch of skin that remains uncovered. After all, bees and wasps tend to come in swarms, meaning that you need to protect as much of your body as possible. Finally, if you are going to be using pesticides, you should make sure to wear old and disposable clothing since those substances can soak into the fabric, meaning that you might not want to hang onto them after you have finished with removing the nest.

Early as possible

Generally speaking, you should remove the nest as early in the year as possible so that you will have to deal with fewer bees and wasps. In contrast, you should avoid doing it during summer because that is when they tend to be most aggressive. Furthermore, you should also consider timing your attack for either the early morning or late at night when most bees and wasps are at their least active, though be warned that you should avoid using a normal flashlight but instead use either a red or an amber light because normal flashlights can attract the pests.

You have a number of options for dealing with bees and wasps, but most of them tend to be situational. For example, some people have been known to suffocate them by build fires beneath their nests, though this is not suitable for all circumstances because fire can spread to their surroundings. The simplest and most straightforward method is using a pesticide formulated for your particular pest as many times as it takes to eliminate all of the bees and wasps before cleaning up the mess so that the pesticide will not enter the food chain to create further problems.

Finish by correcting the problems that brought the bees or wasps onto your property in the first place, which could mean giving your home some much-needed repairs and renovations.

When Should You Hire Someone to Remove a Bee or Wasp Nest?

Of course, there are cases when you should leave the challenge to a professional rather than attempting to handle it on your own, with these being some perfect examples:

Both bees and wasps have venomous stings. Generally speaking, their venom is not enough to threaten an adult human, but it should be remembered that they tend to come in the hundreds as well as the thousands, meaning that their stings tend to add up. As a result, it is not unknown for people to die from being stung by enraged bees and wasps, particularly if they were allergic to their stings. If you know that you are allergic to bee and wasp stings, you should entrust the removal of their nest to a professional because even a single sting can come with serious consequences. In contrast, if you do not know whether you are allergic to bee and wasp stings or not, you should get tested as soon as possible because it will be too late for regrets once you have been stung.

Different species of bees and wasps like different environments, meaning that some of their nests can be found in some unusual locations from a human perspective. Common examples range from beneath the earth to within the walls, which is unfortunate because these unusual locations make an already challenging task that much more so. In part, this is because their inaccessibility makes these nests well-protected from the normal means of removal. However, it should also be noted that the steps needed to gain access to them can be laborious and time-consuming, meaning that homeowners might not feel that it is worth their time. When this happens, make sure to contact a professional who has operated under similar conditions in the past as soon as possible.

Finally, if you are either unable or unwilling to follow the steps that have been laid out here, you should entrust the removal of bee and wasp nests to a professional rather than attempt to handle it on your own. This is because the process is a serious matter, meaning that if you are not going to put in the necessary time and effort to prepare yourself, you run a serious risk of getting yourself hurt for no good reason.

Further Considerations

You should be able to remove a bee or wasp nest on your own so long as you are willing to put in the right amount of time and effort. However, it is important to note that it comes with more than its fair share of risks, meaning that if you are not absolutely sure about what you are doing, you should entrust it to a skilled and experienced professional who you know can be trusted based on the positive reviews of their previous clients. In this as in other things, choosing the right professional is essential for ensuring the right results.

Written by Housely

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