The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Wasp Nest Removal

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Like honey bees and butterflies, wasps are pollinators that play an essential role in the environment. But they are also highly aggressive and territorial, stinging anyone who seems a threat to their nests. While a beekeeper should relocate a honey beehive on your property, wasp nests should be removed by qualified pest control specialists. DIY wasp nest removal can trigger swarms of angry wasps that may attack not just the person responsible but also any neighbors, children, and pets nearby.

The Many Dangers of Removing Wasp Nests Yourself

We get it. You don’t want to call for pest control services for every wasp or creepy crawly you see. And there’s no need to worry when you see a few wasps visiting your flowers. DIY efforts are great for preventing pests and dealing with nuisance critters, but wasp nests are dangerous. It may be tempting to grab a baseball bat and start swinging, but this is a terrible idea. Not only can it land you in the hospital or worse, but it’s also unlikely to be effective. Wasps will repair a partially destroyed nest and may rebuild on the same site.

Various DIY wasp nest removal techniques are dangerous for the following reasons:

  • Wasps fiercely protect their nests and their young, repeatedly stinging any potential threat.
  • Social wasps emit an alarm pheromone that calls in other wasps to join the attack.
  • Unlike honey bees, wasps don’t die after stinging once. They sting over and over again in defense of their nest.
  • An allergic reaction to wasp stings causes life-threatening anaphylaxis and trouble breathing.
  • One or two stings can cause a person to develop an allergy to wasp stings.
  • Too many wasp stings can be fatal, even without an allergy.
  • People can slip and fall off the ladder they use to reach the nest when wasps fight back.

When contemplating the risks of DIY wasp nest removal, remember that surviving wasps are likely to rebuild in the same location. Mosquito Joe® professional wasp control services treat the nest site to keep displaced wasps from returning.

Reasons Why You Should Not Attempt DIY Wasp Nest Removal

Many DIY home maintenance tasks are fun and educational, with failure merely being disappointing, not dangerous. DIY wasp nest removal is an entirely different story. The risks to the person attempting removal and those nearby are too severe to take lightly. Consider the following reasons to leave wasp nests to the professionals:

DIY Wasp Nest Removal Can Be Dangerous

In addition to the dangers involved in removing wasp nests, homeowners lack the proper tools and protective equipment to do so safely. Further, they don’t know wasp behavior like the pros, making them more likely to get stung.

DIY Wasp Nest Removal Is Difficult

Wasps often nest in inaccessible areas, with only part of the nest visible. DIY wasp nest removal often leaves part of the nest intact, where wasps rebuild. Professional wasp removal services are guaranteed, but your own efforts are not.

DIY Wasp Nest Removal Might Cost You More Than You Bargained For

Making mistakes can be costly, causing stings and potential property damage. Wasp removal professionals are fully insured against injury or any property damage that might occur. Are you? And do you want the hassle? Further, a failed attempt to remove a nest can make follow-up removal services more difficult and potentially more costly.

DIY Wasp Nest Removal Can Be Harmful to the Environment

Amateur wasp nest removal attempts can threaten beneficial insects and local wildlife. The injudicious use of insecticides can impact birds and small mammals that prey on sprayed wasps and other affected insects. It can even poison the soil and water sources.

Is DIY Wasp Nest Removal Worth the Risk?

DIY wasp removal is one of those things that seems reasonable until you really think about it. That’s why you did your research to learn whether it was worth the risks. Now that you know how dangerous it can be for you, your family, neighbors, pets, and local wildlife, it’s best to call in the experts. Trust the pros at Mosquito Joe to eliminate the problem for you.

Why Hiring a Professional Is the Smart Choice for Wasp Nest Removal

Hiring professional wasp nest removal is a smart choice for many reasons beyond leaving the dangers to the experts:

  • Accurate species identification: Professionals tailor their wasp removal strategies to the behaviors and biology of the specific insects they face.
  • Professional-grade insecticides: Professional solutions are more effective at eliminating specific pests without undue damage to pollinators and the environment.
  • Understanding nest structures: Wasps build elaborate structures that are often concealed or partially concealed within walls or underground. The pros know where to look and how to remove these hard-to-reach nests.
  • Tools and protective clothing: Wasp control professionals have the training and experience to do the job right, as well as the appropriate tools and protective clothing.
  • Integrated pest management: Professionals will advise on sealing entry points, removing attractants, and other strategies that prevent wasps from returning.
  • Follow-up and guarantees: Professionals guarantee their work, providing follow-up service if needed to eliminate the issue.

Save yourself the time, stress, and dangers involved in wasp nest removal. Call on the stinging insects pros at Mosquito Joe.


Hire a Pro, and Let the Wasp Wars Be Someone Else’s Problem!

Mosquito Joe is your best answer to how to get rid of a wasp nest. Our service professionals will efficiently remove the problem. You can trust our services to be thorough because the Neighborly Done Right Promise™ and the Mosquito Joe Satisfaction Guarantee back everything we do. We take pride in our work and do the job right the first time.

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