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    Esther Rantzen

    How to safely remove a wasps’ nest


    When it comes to avoiding accidents in the home, there is only so much you can do to eliminate hazards. Whilst de-cluttering and keeping hallways clear of obstacles can help minimise the likelihood of slips, trips and falls occurring, sometimes a more extreme kind of evasive action is required.

    For example, removing a wasps’ nest is a job that nobody looks forward to, but is an absolute necessity should you discover one in your home. As well as the obvious risk of sting injuries, the potential side effects of panicked children suffering a trip or fall accident as they run from the insects make it a hazard that needs eliminating as soon as possible.

    So, how can this be done safely? Here’s a brief run down of the essential things to keep in mind when removing a wasps nest.

    • Before you even approach the nest, be sure that you are not allergic to wasp stings. If you are unsure, consult your doctor.
    • It’s also important to try and find out what kind of wasps have come to stay. Paper, Yellow Jackets and Hornets are the most common.
    • Your main guard against suffering injuries when removing a hornets’ nest is what you choose to wear. Basically, you want to reveal as little skin as possible so go with hoodies, scarfs, gloves, long trousers, goggles, the works.
    • Target the bottom opening of the nest with your aerosol of pesticide and spray it for 10-15 seconds. Having done this, make a hasty retreat and leave the spray to work overnight.
    • The next day, check for signs of activity around the nest. If they are still present, repeat the process with the pesticide.
    • When the majority of wasps are dead and activity has ceased, use a long stick to knock the nest down then break it apart, soaking it in pesticide as you go.
    • Finally, dispose of the remainder of the nest and any lingering wasp corpses.

    If you do not feel confident tackling the nest, or it is simply too big to defeat with pesticide, then don’t hesitate to call in professional help.

    If you are ever injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then it’s always worth remembering you may be due personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims on a no-win, no-fee* basis.

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    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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