The time you attack and protection are also important! Wasps retreat to the nest at night time as they do not do well in the cold. So night fall and before the sun rises will be the best time to attack the wasps in your attic. Protecting your self is also important, making sure all your skin is covered by some form of clothing with many layers to help prevent a wasps sting penetrating to your skin.
Much care needs to be taken when taking care of a wasps nest in your attic as many attics have only wooden beams and insulation between them with only plaster and plasterboard separating your foot from the attic and the room below!
There are many products available that are designed to combat wasps nest. One of the more suitable products will be a projectile foam, this can be sprayed at a safer distance. Before spraying, make sure valuables are removed from around the nest and if possible, plastic put down underneath the nest to catch any chemicals that may drip and possibly ruin the ceiling of the room below.
Once you have thoroughly sprayed the nest, retreat for at least 24 hours before inspecting the nest. If any wasps have survived, spray them again and wait till there is no life left. Once the nest is clear of living wasps, you may be able to pry the nest from its fixings gently with your hands or if the nest is out of reach, the use of tools such as a shovel or a rake may be needed to pry the nest away. By placing the nest into a closable container such as a bin with a lid will help prevent stings if there are any wasps still alive within the nest.
Make sure all remains are removed as anything left behind may attract wasps back again.
Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?
- Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
- Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
- Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
- Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
- Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
- Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
- Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
- Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
- Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
- Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
- Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
- Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.