Wasps are considered to be beneficial insects by some people, especially gardeners. This is because they eat a variety of pests, especially caterpillars and are pollinators. However, when they build their honeycomb type nest on homes or other areas frequented by people they can be trouble.

 

Early in the spring you can keep the wasps from nesting on your home by swatting the nests down with a broom or something like it.  Nests start with a single wasp and they don’t defend them at this point. Once they get larger they can be sprayed with a wasp spray, EcoSmart Organic Wasp & Hornet Killer can be found locally at HEB & other stores and it works well.  It can reach up to 18 feet, so you don’t have to get too close.

 

Try spraying wasp nests at night when they are all on the nest. You should wear a hat and a jacket to provide some protection. Some wasps will nest inside structures, typically red wasps. These can be more difficult so professional help may be needed.

 

                New Paper Wasp Nest