June 27, 2024

Removing a Wasp Nest: Why You Should the Experts

Finding a wasp nest around your home can be a real shock. Wasps are aggressive defenders of their nests, and their stings can pack a painful punch. While you might feel brave enough to tackle the nest on your own, it's a risky move that could end badly.

That's where professional pest control experts come in. We have the skills and equipment to handle wasp nests safely and efficiently. Letting the pros do the job not only keeps you safe but also gives you peace of mind.

If you’re curious about the hazards of removing a wasp nest on your own or want to know more about our process, keep reading!

Types of Wasp Nests

Wasps can be more than just a nuisance; they can be dangerous. Knowing more about common wasp species and their nests can help you better handle a dangerous infestation. Here’s what you need to know:

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps get their name from the paper-like material they use to build their nests. You can easily spot these nests hanging from roof eaves, tree branches, and other sheltered spots.

Wasps creating an umbrella style nest

They’re easy to spot with their open-cell structure resembling an upside-down umbrella. Paper wasps are less aggressive compared to other wasps but will defend their nests once threatened.


Yellowjackets are some feisty pests. While all wasps are known for their aggressive behavior, yellowjackets are among the most fierce, especially in late summer and early fall when their numbers peak.

three yellow jackets entering their underground burrow

These pests build their nests in underground burrows, wall cavities, and tree hollows. Their nests are enclosed with a paper-like material and can house thousands of angry and easily irritated wasps.


Hornets are the heavyweights of the wasp world, known for their large size and potent sting. They construct large, football-shaped nests in trees, shrubs, and under eaves. Sometimes, you may spot them on or around your home, too.

Hornet nest in a tree

These nests, also made from a similar paper-like substance, can house many hornets. While they aren’t as easily provoked as yellowjackets, their stings are more painful and dangerous, especially if you’re allergic.

Safety Precautions When Removing a Wasp Nest

While we never recommend removing a wasp nest alone, we highly suggest using protection to stay safe. The right gear protects you from stings and potential allergic reactions. Make sure to use:

  • Protective Clothing: Wear long sleeves, pants, and thick socks to cover your skin.
  • Gloves: Thick, durable gloves will protect your hands from stings.
  • Safety Goggles: Shield your eyes from flying debris and aggressive wasps.

However, protective clothing isn’t enough. You’ll also need to remain mindful of the time of day before you try to tackle these aggressive pests. Wasps are less aggressive during the early morning and late evening. Plus, they’re less likely to bite in cooler weather as their activity slows down.

Approach wasp nests with caution and avoid disturbing them unnecessarily. Messing with a nest can provoke defensive behavior from the wasps and inadvertently cause you harm. It's best to observe the nest from a safe distance and contact professional pest control for safe removal.

When to Seek Professional Help

Attempting to remove a sizable wasp nest from challenging locations—like high up in trees, under eaves, or within wall voids—can be risky without professional help. Never try removing a nest without the specialized tools and safety equipment necessary to protect yourself.

DIY methods or home removal attempts are often inadequate against persistent and dangerous pests like wasps. Given their ability to sting multiple times, wasps pose a significant threat, especially those allergic to venom. An allergic reaction to a wasp sting can range from mild symptoms like swelling to severe reactions such as difficulty breathing or anaphylactic shock.

If you or someone in your household has a history of allergic reactions to insect stings, avoid direct contact with wasp nests. Professional pest control services can instead quickly and safely remove nests, reducing the risk of accidental stings and potential medical emergencies.

Reasons to Trust the Professionals to Remove Wasp Nests

Pest control professionals bring extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to the table. We know how to handle all kinds of wasps, whether you have a paper wasp, yellowjacket, or hornet infestation.

Because of our experience in the field, we understand these pests’ behavior patterns and use our safe and proven techniques to remove the wasp nest and minimize any interruptions to your day!

We also have access to specialized equipment and treatments designed specifically for wasp control. From protective gear to safe equipment to access nests in high places, we can utilize tools that send these pests packing and keep you unharmed.

Choosing professional pest control can give you the peace of mind you need, knowing your problem is in good hands. When you need help removing a wasp nest in Washington or Utah, contact the experts at Zunex Pest Control!

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