Wasp Nests can be difficult to treat, as it depends on where the wasps are located on your property. 

If you are having a go your self, read below our advice

Wasp Nest removal Advice

From May to November, wasps can be troublesome, particularly if you have a wasp nest somewhere near your property.

Wasps can be dangerous if you are allergic to the stings, anaphylactic shock from a sting can result in serious and potentially fatal swelling.


Here is some information and advice about wasps and how to control and eradicate wasp nests.

There are two main wasp species that cause problems in the Ireland. The German Wasp, Vespula germanica and the Common Wasp, Vespula vulgaris. German Wasps normally nest in the ground or in bushes, whereas the Common Wasp is more often found within structures created by man, but is also found in the ground and bushes. In recent years, the Median Wasp, Vespula dolicho media has become a problem, usually nesting in bushes, often at about head height and therefore becoming a serious risk to passers by.

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Dealing with wasp nests can be somewhat dangerous as they can sting multiple times, not just once, like a bee. Wasps will instinctively attack anyone that ventures too near to their nest, they usually have lookout wasps near the entrance to the nest and these seem to have some kind of communication with wasps that are within the nest. When danger appears, suddenly, so do a number of wasps.

Clearly, getting rid of a nest can provide fairly instant relief from wasp problems, although, expect to continue to see wasps in the nest areas for the rest of the day after treatment as many will be out foraging and may not return for some time. If you remove a wasps nest, the foraging wasps will return and may hang around the nest area for a couple of days, which is why it is best to leave a treated nest in situ so that returning wasps will enter the nest and be killed with the remaining chemical.

Wasps can become confused as to where their nest is located when nest in man made structures, usually new young wasps, on their early trips out of the nest. These young wasps can have difficulty locating the correct route back. Please check that the wasps are actually flying directly into the entry point and not milling around outside, if they are doing the latter, it is likely that the actual nest is in a neighbouring property that looks like your house ie: same colour, same elevation style.

Visually check similar houses either side of yours, as treating at your house will not clear a nest that is next door. The “lost wasp” syndrome often fools even the best pest controller. If you live in a semi detached house, check the house next door but one, as this house is probably very similar to yours.

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Destroying a Wasp Nest in a Bush or Shrub

Firstly, make sure you have some protective clothing, particularly a mask if you are using dust/powder insecticide.

Stand about 15 feet from the nest and watch to determine if the wasps have an in and an out flight path, it is usually best to stand in the out flypath rather than the in path.

First choice is always to use an insecticidal powder or dust to destroy a nest. We suggest RENTOKIL WASP KILLER POWDER 300gm

Try to cover the nest with powder.

Wasps very often nest in the ground and these nests are not easy to deal with, So be very careful

House eaves are probably the most common place for wasps to nest and cause problems. When wasps are seen coming to and from the eaves of your home this would normally indicate that there is a nest there.

Eaves nests can often be treated from within the roof or outside. Often, the wasp nest will be down in the eaves at the edge of open loft area. If possible, do not turn on a loft light. Use a torch to locate the nest but turn the torch away from the nest as soon as you see it, otherwise wasps will come toward the light.


If the nest is not accessible from within the roof, then you have limited options.

If you are going to deal with a nest from a ladder, then we strongly recommend the use of full protective clothing ie: Beekeepers Suit.

Destroying a Wasp Nest in a Roof Void
Wasps have a habit of finding access points under roof tiles and roof flashing, particularly around dormer windows, they often nest at the point where the dormer roof meets the main roof. The nest can sometimes be located within the main roof if access is possible.

Openly accessible nests in a roof void present a difficult scenario for the untrained person, unless you have a full protective WASP PROOF SUIT.

This is a high risk wasp nest that although easily accessible, is a whole pack of what will be angry wasps, ready and able to exit the nest quickly and attack.

When treating wasp nests in the eaves of a roof, you can safely break into the nest with a long pole, and get wasp killer powder inside the nest, but DO NOT try that with a hanging nest unless you are fairly sure it won’t fall to the loft floor. If the wasp nest falls and you don’t have full protective suit, We hope you are a good sprinter.



If your property has these, Bumble or Honey bee, or the brown masonary bee, pest control companys are not allowed touch them. If you are unsure, call our office, and we will go through the problem with you.

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