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Wasp Control Tips

When removing a wasp nest, it is important to be extremely careful since wasps are most aggressive when their nest is being threatened. Wear protective clothing including long pants that are taped closed at the bottom, long sleeves, gloves, and a hat that covers the head and face if possible. It is best to apply insecticide to the nest after dusk when all the wasps are in the nest and activity is low.

Existing Nest: The best way to get rid of a wasp nest is to use an insecticide that contains a freezing agent. PT Wasp and Hornet Killer Freeze, Wasp X Spray, or Bonide Wasp & Hornet Aerosol are good options for nest elimination since the freezing agent keeps the wasps from stinging.

Warning: If you choose an insecticide without a freezing agent to eliminate an existing nest, never spray from a ladder, and use a sprayer that can spray from a distance.

Nest Prevention

The best way to prevent a wasp nest, but you'll probably get stung if you spray a nest directly, is to use a broad spectrum insecticide containing pyrethroids or cypermethrin in areas where you anticipate wasps will build. LambdaStar UltraCap 9.7 and Cyper WSP are good options because these insecticides are labeled for a wide variety of bugs so you can use them again for your next insect problem.

Which ever type of insecticide you choose, spray the nest liberally. If you're using a freezing agent, spray when most of the wasps are home to eliminate the infestation. All of the recommended products continue to work for a long period of time after application, so a second treatment generally isn't needed. If the nest is in a high traffic area, check it again to ensure all wasps are dead. Remove the nest once it can be verified that the wasps are eliminated.

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  1. Zenprox Wasp-X 2 Wasp and Hornet Killer Spray

    Starting at: $19.50

    Zenprox Wasp-X 2 Wasp and Hornet Killer Spray kills wasps and hornets on contact. It is formulated with a combination of active ingredients that includes etofenprox. Etofenpox disrupts the insect's nervous system that has been very effective and powerful against wasps and hornets and provides an immediate knockdown. The jet-spray foaming formulation sprays up to 20 feet.

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  2. ExciteR 55 Aerosol

    Starting at: $21.50

    ExciteR 55 Aerosol provides a low-odor and broad-spectrum control for various insects. These include foraging ants (except pharaoh, fire, and harvester), cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes, stored product beetles, stored product moths, wasps, fleas, and ticks. ExciteR 55 Aerosol comes with a handy flip-up crack and crevice tip to reach those hard to reach areas. Learn More
  3. Tempo Dust 1% Cyfluthrin

    Tempo Dust is noted for a quick knockdown and long term control of many insects. It is particularly effective on stinging insects such as, hornets, wasps and bees. Simply dust into their harborages. It works well on other insects as well such as roaches and many other perimeter pests.

    Tempo Dust is a pyrethroid dust that can be used inside or outside in dusting applications. Tempo Dust can be dusted into voids, cracks and crevices, and in and around structures using dusters such as hand duster or a power duster. It has excellent penetration into wall voids, securing equal coverage, and is odor-free and non-staining.

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  4. Stryker Wasp & Hornet Killer

    Stryker Wasp & Hornet with 0.1 Prallethrin is a fast-acting wasp killer. Prallethrin so quickly kills, that it kills wasps and hornets before it can release its stinging pheromone. It may be sprayed as a spot killer or contact killer. Stryker Wasp & Hornet acts quickly and leaves a residual to eliminate the entire nest.It may be used against stinging insects both inside and outside.

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  5. EcoVia WH Stinging Insect Killer

    EcoVia WH Stinging Insect Killer is a 16 oz foaming jet spray, which will reach up to 18 feet in hard-to-reach nests. This stinging insect killer will kill yellowjackets, wasps, and hornets on contact with botanical oils. It is water-based, so it will not leave an oily residue.

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  6. Stryker 5-4 Aerosol

    Stryker 5-4 Aerosol will provide a very quick contact kill with its synergized pyrethrin. It may be used as a crack and crevice treatment and is very handy in flushing insects out of their hiding places. It may be sprayed inside or outside.

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  7. Essentria Wasp and Hornet Spray

    Essentria Wasp and Hornet Spray features botanically based active ingredients (peppermint oil and sodium lauryl sulfate) for the control of Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets, and Spiders. This forming formula provides immediate knockdown of these flying insects and is non-staining and water-based.

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  8. Gotcha Sprayer Pro Adaptor

    The Gotcha Sprayer Pro Adaptor is an adaptor to put on the end of an extension pole to spray an aerosol or dispense a dust for hard to reach areas. It is designed for daily use by a professional exterminator. Typical applications are for carpenter bee holes, wasp and hornet nests, dusting tall fruit trees and dusting gardens. With this adapter you can reach areas without ladders, reducing falling risks. It also has an adjustable angle so you can use it to apply dust without bending or climbing.

    A standard threaded extension pole found at home and garden centers will fit.

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  9. JT Eaton 116 Inch Pro Line Extension Pole
    $21.00

    116 Inch Pro Line Extension Pole (( T1700BK2) Learn More
  10. Dynatrap Outdoor Insect Trap with Stand
    $148.95

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    Dynatrap Outdoor Insect Trap will attract and trap biting flies, mosquitoes, wasps, hornets, Asian beetles, yellow jackets, stink bugs, no se-see-ums and more flying insects. Dynatrap Outdoor Insect Trap will cover 1/2 acre flying insect control (may be used inside as well). Simply add water to this trap and start trapping. The water tray will collect rain water after the initial placement. The water tray lures the egg-laying insects.

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Wasp Problems

There are over 100,000 species of wasps worldwide. The most common species is the paper wasp. Hornets and yellowjackets are also classified as vespid wasps, but some people mistake them for bees. Wasps can nest in a wide range of areas and prefer places like attics, sheds, chimneys, and eaves. One of the biggest threats from wasps is their ability to defend their colony. They will attack and sting when disturbed or their nests are threatened. Unlike bees, they can sting several times without causing harm to themselves. Their stings can lead to serious complications if attacked by a swarm or you have an allergic reaction to their venom. They are most aggressive around nest sites and present the greatest danger when they nest near an entrance to a home or office.

Wasps release pheromones that signal other wasps in the colony to attack when they feel threatened. They can call the entire swarm for help. Hundreds of people die each year from allergic reactions to wasp venom. Hornets are also a problem in beekeeping communities because they can feed on bees and can eliminate a whole colony in a matter of hours.

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