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When it comes to handling a wasp or hornet nest on your property, your first instinct may be to grab a can of over-the-counter pesticide and attempt to “take care of it” yourself. There are a number of reasons we recommend leaving this to the professionals, and no – it’s not so we can take your money! Read on to see some of the most common reasons that people turn to Richland after a DIY-gone-wrong. 

Over-the-counter chemicals stain your home

Wasp and hornet spray you can buy over-the-counter is generally oil based, and contains ingredients that are likely to stain your siding, concrete or other materials around your home. The chemicals we use to treat wasps are not oil based, and will not stain your home. 

Sealing the entry point makes things worse

A common mistake people make when attempting a DIY wasp treatment is sealing up the entry point to the nest with expanding foam, concrete or some other building material. This can actually create more issues than you previously had. The wasps will try everything they can to get to their queen, which will likely result in them creating a secondary entry point to the nest. This second opening can cause more damage to the home as well as create another entry point that we need to treat when we come to resolve the issue. In addition, the wasps that are sealed inside the home will be trying to find a way out – taking the path of least resistance to get there. This often leads to wasps appearing inside the home, usually entering through vents or light fixtures. 

Over-application of chemicals

If you want to help protect the environment, you should avoid using over-the-counter wasp spray. Our technicians go through proper training and testing to ensure they know how to read and understand the labels on the chemicals we apply. In addition, they receive instructions from a supervisor with years of experience. This means they know how to apply the chemical correctly, where to place it to receive the best results, and how much to use in order to effectively treat the nest. Homeowners commonly stand at a distance of 15-20 feet away from a nest and spray, which causes over-spray, splatter and dripping.

Our technicians can get within inches of the entry point, ensuring the chemical is applied where it is needed, and nowhere else. 

Unexpected damage to yourself, your home or your property

Some homeowners will go to extreme lengths to try to resolve wasp infestations on their own. However, without the proper knowledge, experience and equipment, they are liable to end up injuring themselves or inadvertently causing damage to their home. We’ve even heard of some non-traditional (and non-recommended!) treatments like fire, gasoline, metal stakes, or hockey sticks. Under no circumstances should you ever pour gasoline into the ground. This can poison the earth, spreading harmful chemicals into the water supply and damaging the ecosystem. It also goes without saying that it is a fire hazard.

These attempts can lead to house fires, burns, multiple stings, allergic reactions and more. Even when using over-the-counter chemicals that state they are for use on wasps or hornets, many people do not clearly read or follow the instructions. This results in a number of outcomes including using the chemicals in an area with poor ventilation, spraying the wrong part of the nest making the treatment ineffective, or using 3-4 cans of chemical when it is not called for.

With over 40 years of experience handling these types of pest problems, we come prepared to effectively treat your wasp or hornet nest, remove as much of the nest as we can, and do it all without causing harm to you or your home. 

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So if you’re looking to prevent these infestations from happening in the first place, contact us about our annual Bee Barrier application. We deliver our Bee Barrier prevention services in the beginning of the nesting season in spring and early summer. We treat wood, aluminum and vinyl structures in order to repel carpenter bees and wasps by applying a safe liquid application. We place the pesticide in localized areas that are likely to be impacted by wood destroying insects, which means we avoid areas that are attractive to pollinators. This service comes with a guarantee* through the rest of the calendar year on any nests that form on or within the structure of your home. 

* The Bee Barrier guarantee does not include ground nests, or nests built in trees or shrubs surrounding the home, as those areas are not treated during the initial application. We cannot prevent bees, wasps or hornets from flying into your yard, our goal is to stop them from nesting on your home. 

1 Comment
  1. tim786
    October 5, 2020

    Knowledgeable article. Very useful !!

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