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Why You Should Avoid DIY Wasp Nest Removal

A brooding nest of wasps is a dangerous hazard to you, your family, and any pets you have at home.

The aggressive swarmers are highly territorial, and will recklessly defend and sting anything they feel is threatening the colony’s nest. When it comes to wasp nest removal in Toronto, you’re best served hiring a pest control company for wasp removal or getting rid of bee hives.

We steer our customers clear of DIY wasp nest removal particularly, due to the many dangers and risks wasp removal in Toronto is associated with. They sting, they’re violent, and are extremely difficult to remove, whether indoors, outdoors, or in the walls of your home.

The Dangers of Wasp Nest Removal in Toronto

dangers-of-diy-wasp-nest-removalUnlike getting rid of bee hives, wasp nest removal can be far more dangerous. The hostile nature and their group attack mentality make them a menace to safely remove.

A wasp nest doesn’t house a small group or family of wasps – a hive can have up to 10,000 wasps, many of which are female whose main responsibility is growing the colony. Well-developed wasp nests can hold thousands and thousands of angry wasps.

Wasp nests can be very large too, with some wasps even being found underground. That makes determining the size of a wasp infestation impossible, never mind removing them entirely.

The main danger of DIY wasp nest removal is once they’re disturbed, the worker wasps will go into battle mode, working together to protect the colony. With a gang mentality, they’ll swarm and smother any intruders, big or small. Getting rid of a wasp nest by hand will never work – you’ll be covered in stings and bites before you get your hands on the hive.

Maybe knocking down the nest will scatter and drive them off? Think again – they’ll just get angrier and attack anything in sight. Plus, the problem would still be residing on your property where your kids and pets play outside.

We’ve even had people suggest setting fire as a last resort DIY wasp nest removal ploy. Wasps are irate and intimidating enough…creating angry fire wasps just makes things worse.

How to Get Rid of a Wasp Nest

how-to-get-rid-of-a-wasp-nestWe can’t stress the importance of professional wasp nest removal in Toronto enough. Experienced exterminators can determine the severity of a wasp nest and the size of the colony residing inside from past knowledge, allowing them to effectively devise a plan of action. Even the type of wasps on your property can indicate how large a colony is; for example, black wasps are more solitary and will less likely to swarm during removal, while red wasps live in large colonies and will aggressively attack.

Professional wasp removal ensures your property is properly evaluated for wasps and nest areas, ensuring the nest is completely eradicated along with the tenants inside it, without putting you and your family in danger.

The Wasps are Gone! Now How Do I Keep It That Way?

  • Wasps are like the people on TLC’s Hoarders – they love garbage. Keep garbage cans and bags secure to avoid attracting wasps…or hoarders.
  • Don’t throw out food and produce directly into the garbage; the smells can draw wasps to your property. Instead, throw them into a separate plastic bag, tie it, then throw that bag into the trash. They won’t detect the sweet smells anymore.
  • If you’re an out-of-the-box type of person, you can try putting up fake nests around your home. Being highly territorial, it may deter other wasp colonies from setting up camp so close to potential threats. This isn’t guaranteed to work, but has helped in some instances.

For more general information on bees, wasps, and hornets, visit our Pest Library. If you’ve decided against DIY wasp nest removal – and we hope you have, for your own safety – get in touch with Terminix about our wasp nest removal in Toronto, or if you need help getting rid of bee hives.


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