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How to get rid of a wasp nest

As the warm weather approaches and we spend more time enjoying the outdoors we begin to notice an increased presence of wasps.

An increased presence of wasps in and round your home usually indicates you may have a wasp nest somewhere. Treating a wasp nest early is key to reducing the threat and stopping further nests.

If you encounter a wasp nest and need to know how to remove one safely then please read on.

Where are wasp nests usually found?

wasp nest on fence

Nests are usually found and built in sheltered spots. These often include places such as wall cavities, roof spaces, sheds, gardens etc. You can locate a nest by watching the flight path of returning wasps.

How NOT to get rid of a wasp nest

There are lot’s of advice online on the best ways to get rid of wasp nests without professional products. This is not recommended and will most likely cause you or whoever is removing the nest to get badly hurt.

Using a hose pipe or water

Using water is another common method reguarly used to try and destroy a wasp nest. However, if your wasp nest is indoors using water could actually cause more damage to your property.

Also, flooding the nest will not get rid of wasps and will only make them more aggressive towards you leading to nasty stings.

Burning the nest

Using fire as a method to get rid of wasp nest is firstly dangerous and secondly ineffective.

Wasp nests are made from a thin chewed wood pulp substance, making it very flammable and therefore very dangerous in or around your home. The fire will also not kill the wasps and again will only make them more aggressive.

Using a baton / physical force

Brave people may result to using a baton like tool such as a baseball bat or even just physical force to try and destroy their wasp nest.

This is the worst method out of them all and requires you to be within close proximity of the nest, thus putting you in direct danger of getting stung and harmed.

If the nest is in the loft, you could set off a smoke bomb as an alternative to ridding the area of any flying wasps before treating the nest

How to get rid of a wasp nest

Now you know how not to get rid of a wasp nest, we have put together some effective steps you can follow to get rid of one safely and effectively.

Step 1 – Gear Up

Before you begin to even approach the nest ensure you wear protective clothing including a gloves and a veil.

If you don’t have access to the nest entrance we recommend using a wasp nest killing spray such as the Digrain Wasp / Hornet Nest Destroyer.

If you have access to the nest entrance, you might prefer to treat it with a powder formulation. Residex P or Ficam D are both very effective but you will need an applicator such as a Pest Pistol Insect Duster or a Dustick Duster.

Step 2 – Approach the nest

Approach slowly and carefully at a time when there is the least amount of activity around the nest. This is likely to be dusk or early morning.

If you approach the nest in the dark and have to use a torch, don’t shine it directly on the nest and ensure you have a planned access and escape route.

Step 3 – Use your spray or powder

Once you are in a position where you can spray the nest, take up your chosen product and thoroughly spray the entire nest all over.

If using a powder, puff it directly inside the nest and around the entrance. This will ensure that any wasps coming back to the nest after treatment carry the product into the nest with them.

Step 4 – Review and if necessary re-apply

Once you have finished applying the product to the nest leave the area and wait to see if your treatment has been successful.

How to get rid of a wasp nest in the roof

wasp nest in roof

If you have a wasp nest in the roof or in another location which you can’t reach you will have to use a different set of products .

The Dustick Duster is a must for treating wasp nests at height or when access is difficult. Alternatively, you can use a wasp smoke bomb to also reach nests at height or in an enclosed area.

Recommended products

Product 1: Insecto Wasp Spray

Insecto Wasp Spray is a powerful and effective knockdown spray for use in a domestic situation.

Product 2: Insecto Wasp Nest Destroyer

Insecto Wasp Nest Destroyer is an insecticidal foaming spray for effectively killing wasps in the nest. A professional product which is very effective.

Product 3: Digrain Wasp Nest Destroyer

Digrain Wasp Nest Destroyer is a fast acting specifically formulated product for use against wasps and hornets. This spray provides rapid and complete control and is very effective in destroying wasp nests.

Product 4: Wasp Hat Veil

The Wasp or Bee Hat/Veil is a key safety product and should be used always when dealing with wasp nests. It features an integral hat and two sprung steel rings to keep wasps away from your face.

Product 5: Residex P Wasp Killer Powder

Residex P is a broad spectrum residual insecticide suitable for the control of all crawling insects and is particularly successful as a treatment for wasp nests.

Product 6: Ficam D Insecticide Powder

Ficam D is another broad spectrum insecticide, potent and highly effective against wasps, the professionals favourite.

 Product 7: Polminor Dust Bellows

The Polminor Dust Bellow is a powerful bellows duster that holds 2 litres of dust. Perfect for all insecticidal dust applications. Its powerful action allows you to apply dust to wasp nests without having to get too close.

Product 8: Dustick Duster

The Dustick Duster is a must for treating wasp nests at height or when access is difficult. It is a worthwhile investment if wasp nests are a recurrent problem.

Product 9: Insecto Wasp Smoke Bomb

The Insecto Wasp Smoke Bomb comes into it’s own when the wasp nest is indoors in a loft or reasonably enclosed area.


Wasps are a very big problem in the Summer and can prove to be a very big nuisance for all of us who want to spend some quality time outdoors. The key to dealing with wasps is to be proactive and treat quickly. Identifying a wasp nest sooner rather than later is essential.

Browse our excellent range of products so you can deal with wasps professionally. If you need further advice on how to control wasp nests then feel free to get in touch with a member of our expert team.

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