Wasp Control: How to Get Rid of Wasps

Wasps can be a problem towards the end of summer when their nests are at their largest and they become particularly aggressive. Wasps can attack in large numbers when they feel disturbed or threatened and are able to sting repeatedly – this is particularly dangerous for those allergic to their venom. Here are some tips on how to deal with a wasp problem in your home or garden.

Wasp Nest Removal

Wasps can be a problem towards the end of summer when their nests are at their largest and they become particularly aggressive. Wasps can attack in large numbers when they feel disturbed or threatened and are able to sting repeatedly – this is particularly dangerous for those allergic to their venom. In such instances it is recommended that you get rid of a wasps nest.

Here are some wasp nest removal tips and information about how to get rid of them from your home or garden.

How to Get Rid of Wasp Nests

The short answer – call in a specialist wasp exterminator!

Do not underestimate the importance of and skill required in getting rid of wasp nests. Worker wasps, which leave the nest for long periods of time to forage, are typically between 10-15mm long while a queen is larger, at around 20mm. Queens hibernate over winter but then venture out to make nests out of scrapings of wood and saliva in which to lay eggs – at their largest one nest can produce around 30,000 wasps!

Typical locations for wasp nests include roof spaces, lofts, sheds, wall cavities, trees, bird boxes, garages and holes in the ground.  Once you notice that you need to get rid of wasps urgently, you can benefit from:

  • Expert advice that will safely remove the wasp threat from that location

  • Minimising the chance of you and your family from getting stung by a wasp

  • Professionals who know how to get rid of a wasps nest at reasonable rates.

How Wasp Exterminator Services Work

Upon locating a wasp nest, some people do attempt to remove it themselves using a domestic spray or powder. Dealing with wasps’ nests yourself can be extremely dangerous, only attempt this if the nest is small and not in an awkward position – never try to get rid of a nest you have to access via a ladder and definitely never try this if you are allergic to wasp venom.

It is always safer to get a pest control professional for wasp nest removal; they will have the protective clothing and expertise to deal with nests and will know which insecticides to use. During a summer a wasp nest can grow rapidly and a mature wasp colony in a loft, for example, may contain as many as 6,000 individual wasps. A wasp nest of this size requires professional treatment, carried out by a qualified pest control technician.

Such a technician is the best person as they are likely to wear the correct protective clothing and eye wear, apply a strong, suitable insecticide and securely remove the nest from the property.

Wasp Nest Removal Cost

The cost of getting a wasp nest professionally removed will vary depending on where you live, who you hire, how big the nest is and where it’s located. Prices for wasp removal will also depend on whether you hire a private pest control service or use a local council service:

  • Private wasp control costs around £55 to treat one nest and around £15 for subsequent nests

  • Council wasp nest removal costs around £30 to £50, depending on where you live. The council will often subsidise wasp removal costs for those on benefits or those who live in council homes, sometimes up to 50%

Maintenance – How to Get Rid of Wasps Naturally

  • During summer you may get the odd wasp in your home looking for sweet foods, in which case there are some simple ways to get rid of them:

  • Keep your windows and doors closed – this can be difficult in the height of summer, so consider installing window screens

  • Trap and bait wasps – fill a jam jar or half a plastic bottle with some bait; jam and water works well. Place some paper over the top with small holes in for the wasps to enter; once they’re in they’ll  get trapped in the bait and drown

  • Use a spray – individual wasps can be killed with a wasp spray

  • Keep your bins covered – so that you don’t attract wasps, the same goes for covering food and drinks

  • Look after fruit trees – if you have fruit trees in your garden, make sure that you pick ripe fruit regularly and clear up any windfalls.

Quotes for Wasp Nest Removal

Always get at least 3 quotes for your wasp control work.  Use ServiceMagic to obtain the services of a pest control company which is qualified, insured and can provide good references.

Mrs dick says:

Have a nest in attic space seen it couple months ago don’t know if its active or not need assistance to be removed asap

mjackson says:


Thanks for your post.

I would suggest having a professional pest controller company take a look.

Feel free to visit the site and complete our pest control form.

We will then try and match your request with up to 4 local contractors who will each contact you in order to arrange the free quotes.

I hope this helps.


dee cunningham says:

i have been noticing wasps alot coming in my house, only to find that there is a small hole under the bedroom window sill, and after watching for 5 minutes i have seen lots and lots of wasps coming in and out, now i can hear what sounds like hundreds in the wall as soon as you go in the bedroom you can hear them, i dont want to attempt any thing to get rid of them please help

mjackson says:

Hi Dee,

Thanks for your post.

Please feel free to fill in our online request form and we will aim to match you with up to 4 local contractors who will call you in order to arrange a convenient time for them to visit you and provide you with a free quote on getting the wasps removed.

We also have a cost guide should you wish to get an idea of price without having to speak to a contractor.

We hope this helps.


Sandra says:

Hello, I hope you can help.
We have a wasp nest in the wall at the back of our house! we blocked 2 entrances with newspaper however they appear to still be getting in and out of this. In addition they are now congregating at the top of the house in the corner which makes me worry that we have a rather large nest inside the wall. Today, I had an idea to hose the wall and try and drown it…will this work? is it possible we have a large nest within the wall?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks

mjackson says:

Hi Sandra,

If it’s a persistent problem, you may need to speak to a professional pest control company.
In order to place a request for quotes, you would need to complete our request form by clicking this link.

Jackie says:

I’ve noticed lots of wasps at the bottom of my garden on a tree, I’ve looked but cant see a nest, they are also on my patio and on the grass, I hate wasps but cant afford to get any1 to come and destroy them, any advice please

mjackson says:

Hi Jackie,

Try contacting the local council who may be able to advise further.

If you discover that you have to pay then feel free to fill in this request form. We will then aim to match your request with up to 4 local tradesman who will contact you in order to make arrangements to view the job and offer the free quote.

Kylie Holmes says:

Hi i have a wasp nest inside my wall in the house, we are unable to see or get to the nest. They were using a vent outside to get in. the wasp are now coming though cracks finding them in kitchen, bedroom, spareroom this has been happening for about 2 weeks the wasp seem to be slowing down. I spoke to my concil pest control they said they can use foam and powder but
they said it not worth doing it this time of year. Is this correct ? Do they all die off ? Will they come back to the nest ? What happens to the queen ? Please could you email me back. Thankyou miss k holmes

mjackson says:

Hi Kylie,

Thanks for your comment however as we aren’t qualified pest controllers, it would be hard for us to advise.

We would suggest contacting some local pest control companies for further advice.

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