A Guide To Safe Wasp Nest Removal For Western Massachusetts Property Owners

A wasps nest on the edge of a home

Stinging insects such as bees and wasps are disturbing to have around your property, especially if there are a large number of them. In most cases, a sting from a wasp will only result in a painful welt, but for some individuals, they can cause severe allergic reactions that require immediate medical attention.

There are many different species of wasps in the area. It’s important to note that hornets are just a subsect of wasps. Here are some of the most common:

  • Yellowjackets: There are many varieties of yellow jackets, but overall they have a smooth appearance with yellow and black stripes.
  • Paper wasps: Paper wasps are known for their slender appearance and are usually dark brown and orange in color. They build nests that have a papery appearance.
  • Hornets: There are many variations of hornets, but they are known for having black coloring with yellow or white stripes.

How To Deter Wasps From Your Yard

While wasps and other stinging insects do play a positive role in the environment as they are pollinators, this doesn’t mean it is good to have them nesting on your Western Massachusetts property. They can ruin outdoor activities even if no one ever gets stung. Just the presence of stinging insects will drive most people inside. 

The best way to go about keeping wasps from your property is to try to make the area less appealing to them. There are things you can do to make your yard less attractive to these pests. Here are a few things you can do to keep them from building nests around your property:

  • Dry up the area by fixing leaks and removing items that hold water. Water sources attract all kinds of pests.
  • Keep vegetation trimmed and the grass cut short.
  • Don’t leave food outside and clean up any spills.
  • Fill in ground holes that yellow jackets can use to build nests.
  • Seal entry points into sheds, garages, or your home where wasps may get in to build nests.
  • Make sure that trash cans are clean have tight-fitting lids.

Risks Of Trying To Remove A Nest

If you need a wasp nest removed, it is not a good idea to try to do this yourself. Wasps have a nest-protection instinct and if their nest is threatened, they will sound the alarm and multiple wasps will attack. It is important to note that individual wasps are able to sting multiple times. Trying to remove a nest without the proper tools and protective equipment is dangerous. And if you have an allergic reaction, this could mean a trip to the hospital. In rare cases, people can go into anaphylactic shock from these stings.

The Safest Way To Remove A Nest

If you need a wasps' nest removed from your property, contact the professionals at American Pest Solutions. We provide both residential and commercial services, and we can remove the nests of any kind of stinging insects. Reach out to us today with questions or to schedule service.