Armed with a sharp stinger and the ability to inflict multiple stings without dying, wasps cause havoc for people around the world during the spring and summer months. Scientists have cataloged over 12,000 varieties of wasps, with a large number of them considered to be mud wasps. Mud wasps use dirt and saliva to create large mud nests, hence their name. Although not normally aggressive, mud wasps will sting if disturbed.
Things You'll Need
- Pest spray
- Protective clothing
- Large metal trash can
How to Kill Mud Wasps
Search your property for mud wasp nests: Mud wasps build their nests in low-traffic areas such as empty sheds and barns, so look closely. Mud wasps will build a nest, lay their eggs and then leave the eggs to hatch alone, so you may or may not see adult wasps around the nest.
Use protective clothing before attempting to remove a nest: A bee keeper's suit is an ideal choice, as the material is designed to prevent stings. If you do not have a bee suit, a lightweight rubber rainsuit will help keep you from getting stung. Eye protection and gloves should also be worn to protect your eyes and extremities.
Spray your nest with pest spray, taking care to stand clear of the nest: Choose a spray specifically designed to kill wasps, as many commercially available pest sprays are not targeted towards wasp removal. Coat the entire nest, and allow the spray to soak in overnight before removing the nest.
Scrape up the nest carefully, using a shovel to remove it: Start at the base, holding the shovel as close to the bottom of the nest as possible to remove it all. The mud will be dry and may crack or crumble, but the shovel will help you scoop up any remnants.
Place the nest in a large metal can to prevent any remaining wasps from escaping. Spray the nest with wasp spray once it is inside the can, and cover it with a lid. Leave the nest in the can for a few days to make sure all the wasps have been killed, then dispose of the nest with your regular garbage.
Tips & Warnings
- Follow the directions on your spray carefully to prevent injury to yourself or any pets you may have on your property. Most sprays can be harmful to humans and domestic pets, so remove your pets from the nest location and use sprays only in well-ventilated areas.
- Never attempt to exterminate a nest yourself if you are allergic to wasp or bee stings. Leave the nest alone and call a professional exterminator to avoid injury.
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