How to get rid of wasps: quickly and sting-free

Here's how to get rid of wasps for good – plus tips for ensuring they don't come back

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Learn how to get rid of wasps and you'll be able to avoid the most annoying of garden visitors. Wasps start to build their nests in spring, so if you've noticed lots in your garden then now is the time to get rid of them. By summer, they could have built up a nest that you'll need to call in the professionals to deal with.

As is the case with most household pests, a wasp infestation can be pretty unpleasant, especially because of the risk of them stinging you. Luckily, there are a few things that can be done to ensure your wasp enemies stay away.

How to get rid of wasps

How to treat a wasp sting

1. If there's any sign of allergy, such as swelling of the face or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical treatment.

2. Wash the sting with soap and water

3. Apply an ice pack or cold compress for 10 minutes

4. If possible, elevate the area

5. Avoid itching or scratching

If there's one thing guaranteed to ruin every garden sunbathing session/BBQ/afternoon siesta, it's pesky wasps. Numbers of these annoying insects start to rise in the spring and peak in summer, which explains why we've started to notice so many of them in our gardens. Unlike bees, wasps don't die once they've stung you and can sting many times, it means you need to be extremely careful when trying to get rid of them. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to deter them:

  • Shut your bins: Open bins will attract greedy wasps looking for a sweet meal. Keep you bins away from the house if you can and make sure the lids are always on properly.
  • Protect your home: Keeping your windows and doors shut will stop wasps entering the house. If it's too hot and you don't have an air conditioning unit, consider investing in a fly screen for your doors.

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  • Spot nests early: At this time of year, wasps nests are only likely to be the size of a golf ball. Follow the worker wasps to see whether there's a nest anywhere on your home's exterior walls or garden fences. If you find a nest, it's always best to call in the professionals. If you've plenty of protective clothing, you could try pouring soapy water over the nest to drown the wasps or spaying it with a pesticide.
  • Try natural deterrents: If you don't want to use nasty chemicals, then there are a couple of natural wasp deterrents. Firstly, peppermint oil has been proven to keep wasps away as they hate the smell. Planting mint in your garden can have the same results.
  • Create a natural wasp trap: Create a simple solution of sugar and water and pop it in bottles around your garden, as far away from the house as possible. Wasps love sweet treats and will climb inside but be unable to get back out.
  • Pick up a wasp killer: Natural stuff not worked? Perhaps it's time to bring in the big guns. There are loads of chemical sprays available to kill wasps, and foams design to be sprayed directly into nests. Handle these with care and always check ingredients to check for any allergies. 

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How to get rid of wasps with wasp nest foam killer

If you've identified a small nest and want to try and destroy it yourself, you will need a strong insecticide specifically designed to kill wasps. The product we recommend is called Wasp Destroyer Foam and is manufactured by Rentokil, Nippon, and other pest control brands. Coat the entire nest with the foam and leave for at least 24 hours.

The foam will act to kill any wasps returning to the nest as well. Never apply while standing underneath the nest, and apply in lat evening, when the wasps are inside the nest. Wear protective clothing, especially on your face and hands.

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