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Top Summer Wasp Nest Facts

We are now in the midst of quite a lovely, hot summer in the UK. That means picnics and long lazy afternoons. It means shorts and t-shirts instead of the seven layers we normally wear in the UK. It also means we get a fair share of insects – including wasps.

You may even be unfortunate enough to have a wasp nest on your property, and find yourself in even more direct contact with these buzzing insects than usual.  

But, before you wage war on the family of yellowjackets living on your property, we thought it might be a good idea to give you some wasp nest facts. These will help you avoid getting yourself stung…potentially many times.

Smacking it with a Baseball Bat

You’ve probably seen people – mostly in movies – try to attack a wasp nest on their property with a baseball bat. If you have, and it’s a comedy, you probably know what comes next. The actors get swarmed and run around swatting themselves and the air.

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In real life it is not so funny. Wasp nest facts level one: wasp nests consist of many hundreds of wasps ready to defend their home. If you hit it with a bat, you are going to get stung!

Dowsing it with Water

Another thing many people consider to be the most effective way of removing a wasp nest is pouring a whole lot of water over it. This is with a view to drowning the wasps inside. However, this is not such a good idea.

For one thing, although nests are made from a papery substance, the water won’t kill off all the wasps. What it will do though is anger them – and guess what? You get stung.

a wasp nest

In some cases, water could also damage your property or your belongings. All for the sake of a strategy that won’t work anyway:

Burning it with Fire

As well as being ineffective, using fire could be very dangerous. It is not a recommended way to try and rid your property of a wasp nest and its inhabitants. Although extremely flammable, burning a nest will not kill all the wasps. You’ll have a lot of distressed wasps who’ve just seen their home burnt to a crisp. And they will be quite aggressive.  

Even if you don’t get stung multiple times, the fire could so easily get out of control. It could then spread, and you could get yourself or your property burned in the process.

What Do Our Wasp Nest Facts Tell You?

The main message here is if you are going to try and tackle them yourself, don’t. The best and most guaranteed way to get rid of wasp nests is with help from the professionals. Experts like Diamond know the most appropriate and safest methods to do the job successfully.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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