Home maintenance and upkeep often involve fixing the occasional leaky pipe, changing out the light bulbs, cleaning, shoveling, etc. But, every now and then, you might have to do something out of the ordinary to keep your home safe and functional.
For example, getting rid of a wasp nest located under your roof is a problem that more homeowners run into than you may think. In fact, if it isn’t a wasp nest, it’s likely at some point you’ll run into other critters attempting to take refuge in/on your roof. But, what’s the best way to get rid of a wasp nest and come out of the other end without any painful stings? Keep reading for our guide to safely removing a wasp nest from your home, as well as some other tips for dealing with other critters.
How to Remove a Wasp Nest (Safely)
Try and Find the Nest Early on
If you have a history of wasps setting up shop under your roof, then keep your eye out for nests starting to form in the late spring and early summer. This is the best way to ensure your home stays wasp free throughout the summer, as knocking down the early stages of a nest is much easier than knocking down a whole nest (in fact, we recommend not taking on a large nest on your own and instead call in a pro to help out, unless you have the proper equipment to get the job done and are confident in your abilities).
If you do spot a nest early on its building phase, make sure you’re covered head to toe and have your pants tucked into your socks, in addition to wearing gloves and a head net if you have one when you knock it down.
Consider a Fake Nest
It’s understandable if you don’t want to go this route, as many homeowners don’t want wasp nests because they are dangerous, in addition to being quite unsightly. But, a fake decoy nest will at least keep actual wasps away from your home. Wasps are very territorial and will typically not build another nest close to an existing one.
Of course, these are not 100% effective all the time. But they are pretty darn cheap, so if you have a history of pesky wasps, then it’s worth a try.
Getting Rid of the Big Nests
If you are unable to get rid of a nest before it manifests into a large one, then you can take down a large nest. But, it’s essential that you equip yourself properly before attempting to vanquish a big nest. If you don’t have a head net, consider investing in one. In addition, wear thick clothing such as a Carhartt jacket and pants. Once again, tuck your pants into your socks. Gloves are a must too.
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Spray the solution from a distance and as instructed by the can. Make sure to not stick around too long, and to decrease the likelihood of the wasps being active, use the spray during the coldest part of the day (such as the early morning). Monitor the nest area over the next few days and use the spray again as needed.
Can You Coexist With Wasps?
If you’re not keen on the idea of taking down a wasp nest or it has simply gotten too large for you to feel comfortable doing it, you can potentially leave it alone and will likely not have any issues with the wasps.
That being said, it does depend on where the nest is located. If it’s in part of your home that you frequent—such as above a garden or by the deck—then a peaceful coexistence will be difficult. If you have kids that love running around in your yard, then it’s best to try and get rid of the wasp nest.
But, if you don’t walk by or come across the wasp nest, you can potentially leave the nest be. Wasps won’t go out of their way to harass humans unless they are disturbed.
Other Quick Tips For Critter Control
Whether you want to keep animals from getting in your attic or squirrels from clogging your gutters, follow these quick tips:
Get a Roof Inspection to Address any Potential Holes On Your Roof
It never hurts to get an inspection to ensure that your roof is in tip-top shape. Not only can a roof inspection alert you of any structural issues your home has, but a good roofer will be able to notice any potential holes that critters like bats or squirrels can get into. Overall, it’s just a good idea to get the occasional roof inspection. Otherwise, a problem could be festering long enough that it’s too late to remedy, and you’ll instead need an extensive repair or replacement.
Clean Out Your Gutters Often
If your gutters are clogged up with foliage and leaves, it leaves the door wide open for critters to create a home there. This is particularly common with squirrels. So, make sure that you are continuously cleaning your gutters out—especially in the fall.
When in Doubt, Call a Pro
Don’t hesitate to call in a professional animal control team to help you out if you’re ever in a pinch. Dealing with wild animals can be dangerous. Calling for backup is a wise decision in every case that deals with an unwanted animal intruder in your home.