European Wasp nest removal?

Bam Bam 9 January 2008 32

Hi ho,

Does anyone know if there is a group or organisation (governmental or otherwise) that will remove a rather large European Wasp’s nest currently menacing a friend of mine’s roof awning?

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32 Responses to European Wasp nest removal?
Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 4:38 pm 09 Jan 08

A guy at work here asserts that the “apply from a distance and do not ingest” Bunnings spray may not actually kill off the nests (assuming you know where they all are).
So get in a professional.

But notify TAMS if you really want to take part in their information-gathering.
But a neat way of getting rid of most wasps is to set fire to a bunch of greenish leaves\piles of paper underneath the nests to get them smoked out and dizzy beforehand, and then go burning their nest.
But not reccommended as a first option if you’ve never tried it before, and the nest is in your house awning.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 4:43 pm 09 Jan 08

Actually, after re-reading this, I suspect they’re not European wasps, as they normally nest in the ground.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 4:52 pm 09 Jan 08

Rereading my own post caused me to reread the original post too…
‘Menacing my friends roof awning’ kind of implies they’re very unlikely to be Waspy Eurotrash (which normally live in leafy debris, compost heaps, and almost underground), and either bees or average wasps of numerous varieties.

Link to picture of Honey Bee vs European Wasp (European Wasp on the right)

If its not the EuroWasp, just take to them with Bunnings’ DeathSpray In a Squirter Pack.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 4:58 pm 09 Jan 08

If they honey bees, many aparist will take them away, and probably for free.

RandomGit RandomGit 5:06 pm 09 Jan 08

If they are paper wasps, they are easy prey for a burning piece of paper on a stick.

If they are European wasps you will most likely not harm the nest which will be deep in your roof and they just keep coming back.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 6:23 pm 09 Jan 08

If they’re confirmed as European wasps (which I had nesting UNDER my footpath)
Do NOT attempt flyspray/flamethrower/whatever other nonsense advice you’ve been given here. Get a professional in, it cost me around $60 IIRC. There could be _thousands_ of the f*ckers ready to get agitated and angry (and yes, the Euros attack when threatened).

tybreaker tybreaker 7:27 am 10 Jan 08

Sounds like they’re paper wasps if they’re hanging from the roof awning. Wait until night when all wasps are back in the nest and then spray with a quick knock-down Mortein or siilar. They don’t even get agitated while spraying because they think it’s rain plus they’re inactive at night anyway. You can then just watch them drop like flies one by one.

Mælinar Mælinar 8:51 am 10 Jan 08

Do NOT attempt flyspray/flamethrower/whatever other nonsense advice you’ve been given here. – I agree completely. Best to hit it hard from range. Orange Gun from 20m away – knock the bastard into the next suburb.

If you miss, you will possibly have to replace a few tiles though, once you finally hit it and remove the wasps of course.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 9:44 am 10 Jan 08

Ring Canberra Connect (13ACT1 / 132281) – they can give you the contact details for businesses that remove said unwanted guests (and possibly leftover Chrissie relos too 😉 They could also provide with details for the fire-ies you’ll need to call if you use any of the above “flame-related” methods…

They are on your friend’s land, he will be responsible for removal. NB Remove nest afterward – nothing worse than other wasps moving back in a few months later because you were “too darn lazy to remove the nest” (or so my wife says 😉

Canberra Connect is the best thing the ACT Govt has EVER done for it’s constituents…

“Use the Aliens option:
Take off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”
Boo-Yahhhhhh! Right-on!

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:41 pm 10 Jan 08


Given they are hanging from an awning, it was clear they were plain garden-variety wasps.

Easily and safely (and VERY satisfyingly) dispatched using the method I described above.

Affirmative Action Man Affirmative Action Man 1:38 pm 12 Jan 08

Firstly make sure they are European wasps. If they are they will probably be in the roof cavity.

Watch the nest from a distance and check where the entrance is ie where are they entering & leaving from.

Get hold of an appropriate poison in powder form, wait until dark when all wasps are asleep inside then coat the entrance in the powder. Repeat this for 2, 3 or 4 evenings – poison rubs off on wasps & they take it back to nest & kill the whole colony.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 8:36 pm 15 Jan 08

Well, Bam Bam, what happened in the end?

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