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This is how I remove wasp nest here in TX. It's very effective and for the most part pretty safe. If you have a better way let me know.

This Picture shows pesky wasp nest.

Step 1: Items needed for safe removal of Wasp Nest

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Removing Wasp Nest can be tricky, but I've found that this has been the most effective.

Equipment required:

Wet Dry Vacum cleaner. Make sure air filter is installed. Inside the vacum cleaner a cotton ball soaked in acetone can be put into canister of vacum cleaner to kill wasps once sucked into vacume clearner.

A hand pressurized sprayer with liquide pesticide. Follow and read instructions on water to pestcide mixture. The pesticide can be purchased at any local hardware store.

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stovall5 years ago
I used to work with an older gentelman who would place his hand under his armpit, then reach up & take the nest down by the attchment the wasps use & he never got stung!! I would not have believed it possible, but I witnessed his feat on at least 5 different occasions. Iam not that brave (or stupid?) enough to even try his trick. My preferred method was to light my cigarette lighter & than spray WD-40 & just burn them up, but they have changed the formula & it doesn't burn very well anymore.

Just my 2 cents worth

carburetor cleaner worked very well for my neighbor. This was based on a YouTube video which compared different flammable aerosols.

Unfortunately my nest is under the eaves of the house and I don't want to catch the house on fire so we will need to go with wasp spray or CO2.

I saw elsewhere the recommendation to duct tape the entrance holes and then remove the best. Why not stuff an acetone covered piece of cotton in the hole?

Cotopaxi2 years ago
Your a brave man... or foolish. Either way nice job! It looks like you really did get rid of all of them wasp. Me personally, I prefer to put a little more distance between me and my wasp problems. Wasp-X or Eco PCO Jet does the job just fine and the spray distance is 20 feet! But that's just personal choice. Seriously though, congrats!
Here's a link to where I bought my can of Wasp-X from:
lancruz (author)  Cotopaxi2 years ago
I've never been stung! I've cleaned up a lot of nest using this method. The wasp usually go for the tip of vac nozzle. It's usually takes a few minutes to do the job.

Very in expensive!
vwhite14 years ago
You're a brave man to get that close.
lancruz (author)  vwhite14 years ago
I really didn't close, The extensions of the vacuum cleaner and the zoom of the camera makes it look close.

Thanks for your comment.

MeemSe lancruz3 years ago
how about lighting a fire under the nest ?
Chris Logan4 years ago
Wasps, and most flying insects, are extremely susceptible to solvents.

Which is why it's a great idea that the instructor recommends acetone in the shop-vac.

But my preferred method is using a brush and a can of liquid carburetor cleaner.

One brush stroke just beneath the nest, and they just fall to the ground. Step on them if you want to finish them quickly, but they'll die on their own anyway.

They don't get mad or aggressive. They don't attack you. They just get really messed up on the solvent and die.

For indoor use, I use a squirt bottle and rubbing alchohol. Be sure to set it on jet (NOT mist). You don't want to breath the stuff yourself, either. A near miss with a blast of the stuff puts any flying insect down right away.
two words: FLAME THROWER! actually i think thats one word but who cares
dchall87 years ago
You guys are nuts! The wasps that make the paper nests in your eaves are almost singly THE MOST BENEFICIAL INSECT in your garden. Furthermore they are harmless unless you provoke them. I have had paper wasp nests outside my doors for years with no problems. The wasps come and go along with me, my wife, dog, and two little girls. Everyone has been instructed to not wave their arms around and everything will be fine. And that could not be more true. On rare occasions the wasps will investigate us, but that seems to happen only in the early spring when the wasps return to (or hatch from) the nest. I also have 30 or so mud dauber nests in my garage where my office is. Our back door to the garage had been broken for a few years and the wasps could come and go. Those wasps are extremely harmless, even if you mess with their nest. The mud daubers will even bump into you and back away without "attacking." Why would you want to keep the paper wasps around? Because they eat caterpillars. In particular they eat the caterpillars that cause tree webs and sod webs. Tree web worms can wipe out a tree in a week, but if you have enough paper wasps in the area, they cannot get a foothold long enough to make even one web. Now if you really have to remove the wasps because of allergies, and it make you sick to spray the poisons y'all are talking about, you can spray or dunk them with icewater. Put icewater in a sprayer and they will fall to the ground when they get hit with the cold. Or you can put icewater in a bucket and heave the water at the nest. Do this at night when the wasps are quiet anyway. When the adult wasps are no longer crawling on the nest, you can remove the nest with a razor blade and carefully staple it to a tree out where you won't run in to it. The wasps will find it and repopulate.
lancruz (author)  dchall87 years ago
I really can't say I'm nuts. At the moment they are a pest. In addtion, my little girl is very allergic to these things, and the solution is real simple. Kill them anyway possible. It's either that or, an expesnive hospital bill.
dchall8 lancruz7 years ago
So when you said, "If you have a better way let me know," that wasn't really a request for information. Your opinion is clear and well agreed upon. My position is that paper wasps are seldom a pest and really only a pest if someone swats at them. Normally wasps are a beneficial insect that provide economic benefit without the use of poison. Secondly you do not have to kill them to get rid of them. They can be moved.
lancruz (author)  dchall87 years ago
Your approach is acceptable solution, and I did ask for for advise. I respect your judgement as well. Yes there are many ways to rid the wasp nest when it becomes an issue. I wasn't aware that cold water would make it hard for the wasps to fly. I hadn't thought of the water in the wet/dry vac either. When posting this, I wasn't sure if I was going to get any response either. Thank you for your advise.
Jason_G lancruz5 years ago
I agree w/ dchall8. Wasps are beneficial and should only be removed if necessary. Personally, I like mud daubers.
if i had a child and he/she was allergic to wasps, i would remove the nest entirely. and webworms aren't a problem at all in my area. and bugs are annoying.
They are an issue when you live in the countryside, have a red tiled roof and they bite you when you're fixing it. Running off the roof isn't very enjoyable.
aahhhhh that would suck
lancruz (author)  Esmagamus7 years ago
Try a battery powered vacum cleaner with a long nozzle. That should do the trick. I've also noticed that if you spray with soap if you don't have a pesticide that should slow them down long enough for you to use the vacum on them.
holsk80 dchall87 years ago
I just found a paper wasp nest in the front eaves of my house. It is much bigger than a football. I would rather not disturb it or upset the wasps, will it cause damage to my house? If I must remove it I am more than willing to wait till the winter freeze and maybe relocate it to the back yard away from the house I have a huge maple that I can put it in. Do the wasps cause harm to the birds or squirrels?
dchall8 holsk807 years ago
I don't have an answer about birds and squirrels. I would not move the nest...unless there is a good reason.
EggHead1015 years ago
Alternate method: .22 rifle and birdshot.
Safely shoot them from a distance ...
I hate the little boogers, kill everyone of 'em I see.
The ones here are agressive and WILL sting you.
Plus it gives me reason to shoot my rifle
Growing up on ranches out west, wasp and hornet nests were common.  We would rent an industrial CO2 extinguisher, (they have a set of wheels!)  We would first blast the nest and the area around it to kill off the ones outside the nest. (in the cold blast they freeze.  You can hear them snap as they do.)  Then we blow the gas into the nest entry for at least 30 seconds to cool the nest and make them dormant.  Now use an old metal spatula and break the nest loose and let it drop into an old garbage can below.  Turn the CO2 into the can and break the can up with a long stick.  

A note here on wasps and the like in foundations, use the extinguisher to kill off any beasties outside the entry, and then remove the large cone on the hose and insert the hose into the entry point.  Vent gas in for 30 to 45 seconds (or as long as you like, you paid for the gas anyway!)  If you have a basement, take the time to open the doors and keep a fan running to make sure no leakage of gas builds up in the basement.  We used this to clean out a big nest in a barn foundation and had no more problem, without fire, without poison, and without a single sting!
Madrias3576 years ago
My way to get rid of a wasp nest? Splash with cold water, hit with bat, then light it on fire after adding some gas.
lob a molotov at it and watch them burn from a safe distance ;)
lancruz (author)  gremlinz_man6 years ago
I assuming the wasp nest is on a In-law home or relative that is not liked? However a Molotov would be quite a show.
after you crush the nest throw it on a fire ant bed
the ants eat the larva
ha yeah
We normally spray them with hairspray before anything else. This sticks their wings together, so they can't fly.
ok so the first thing is poison them check then you add gasoline to burn them check last but not least you put hairspray on them check and of course....flick a lighter nearby
....then flick a lighter near-by. ;)
spray a little gasoline on them, this burns their bodies and they die almost instantly.
Then light it and run!
lancruz (author)  Gamernotnerd7 years ago
The assumption is that the nest is NOT attached to any important structure. Although this method would result in the destruction of the nest, one might end up in a more disastrous situation i.e. loss of home; singed hair; burned pride. Ahh!
well if its attached to s tree that you want to take down...be my guest...and record it too
I understand that Gamernotnerd was kidding but you do not even have to light the gasoline. Gasoline in its liquid form (with no fire needed) will burn their bodies when it comes in contact with the wasp. All that is left (if your really paranoid about it) is thinning the gas with water.
Lol I was kidding (Almost <_< For a normal person this idea is bad but for a pyromaniac...)
ReCreate6 years ago
or you could get some super radioactive/poisonous material that is like 500,000 rads and expose it to the wasps....and then they drop dead
geoffypi6 years ago
it's to bad it doesent involve fire or guns
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