Wasp Control - 10 Pieces Of Advice!

Treating A Wasp Nest

Wasp nest removal might sound scary, but when the nest is small (the size of an orange), it can usually be dealt with relatively painlessly without professional help.

You can buy cans of wasp nest destroyer from all manner of retail outlets for less than a box of chocolates.

But before you start jumping for joy at the money you could be saving yourself, we wanted to share with you a few safety reminders.

Professionals might make it look quick and easy, but the £400 worth of personal protective equipment we put on before getting close is always going to balance the books in our favour.


Median wasps are one of the most dangerous species to treat!


We treat hundreds of wasps nests each year, and this is just a taster of the things you need to know and consider before trying this yourself.


  1. The Temperament of each nest can be entirely different. Never underestimate even a small nest. I have, and it wasn't pretty.
  2. Don't underestimate the size. Some nests look small at first glance, but the nest can sometimes be many times larger than it first appears. Some nests are the size of a small car. Get it wrong, and they will kill you!
  3. Make sure they are wasps. Honey bees are regularly described by customers as wasps. A honey bee colony can have 100000 insects in it, while the average wasp nest might have 3000 insects in it. 
  4. Give fair warning. Make sure the area including public spaces, adjoining footpaths and children in adjoining gardens, are warned about what you are about to attempt.
  5. Confined spaces. If you are dealing with wasps in the loft, human fatalities are common when swarmed in a confined space.
  6. Ladders can be a death trap, especially step ladders. Every year we hear about deaths, and severe injury, especially from falling off step ladders.
  7. Set everything up in advance so you can treat and retreat quickly. Going back to a treated nest can be extremely dangerous.
  8. Treat late. The best time to deal with a nest is at night when it is coldest, and the wasps are less active.
  9. First Aid. Buy a venom extractor. It will cost £20 and last a lifetime. Make sure you have someone observing you from a safe distance or location so if things go wrong, you can get help quickly!
  10. Try to avoid getting stung! Ask yourself the question. "If a professional can have it safely treated and destroyed within minutes of arrival, is it really worth all this trouble?"
Wasp control might be made to look simple, but the larger the nest, the greater the danger to yourself and others.

People die every year attempting wasp control. They get swarmed, react adversely to stings, fall through ceilings and fall of ladders. So Be safe.

to learn more about wasp control, why not visit our wasp information page?

Brought to you by Simon Berenyi and Bristol Pest Control - WaspKill UK.