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Remove wasp nest

  • Dealing with wasp nests
    • Remove abandoned wasp nest
    • Remove inhabited wasp nest
    • Prevent wasp nest
  • Remove wasp nest - only allowed in exceptional cases
    • legislation
  • Wasp resettlement
  • Living with the Wasp's Nest

The right way to remove a wasp nest, if in doubt, is expert help; They learn why this is so and that this help is offered by many bodies. You will also learn why it is no longer worthwhile for many wasp nests to remove them and how to generally maintain a relaxed relationship with wasps.

Wasp nests can be (sometimes) removed, sometimes quite simply. Otherwise, the right way, usually with expert help, is also the only safe and legal way. However, wasp nests often do not have to be removed because the wasps are annoying us for a very short time each year and even then you can do a lot with little effort to be left alone by the wasps.

Dealing with wasp nests

Remove abandoned wasp nest

In the vast majority of cases, wasp nests are discovered only when they are already abandoned or the wasps very soon say goodbye to the nest of the current season. These wasp nests can be removed as soon as they are empty.

If you discover a wasp nest that is obviously no longer inhabited, you can easily remove it. If a wasp nest is empty, it will remain empty because wasps never reapply an abandoned nest, but always build a new nest. There is no right way to remove the dead biomass, it all depends on where the wasps have built.

Free-hanging wasp nests are simply removed, the built-up wall / corner can first be sucked off and then carefully cleaned with soda solution, possibly doing the job a little new wall paint well.

Big hornet nest

If the wasps have settled in the roller shutter box, you do not necessarily have to disassemble the roller shutter box to dispose of the empty nest. The wasp nest consists of rotten, dry wood, which chews the wasps into a kind of paper pulp, which once hardened is extremely resilient. The convenient solution is to suck away visible crumb stuff and otherwise leave the empty wasp nest in the box.

If you hear the rumor that the old nest is attracting more wasps and encouraging them to build their nest nearby, it's more likely not to be confirmed by people who often live with wasp nests. They observe that every wasp queen decides quite individually and for humans in no comprehensible way, where she builds her nest next season.

Remove inhabited wasp nest

If the wasp nest is not empty, in most cases you have discovered it in late summer, because there is a lot going on around the nest right now. Here a little patience helps, the wasp nest has just reached its maximum size, the wasps have just grown up and have turned away from the insect food and the fruit cake. A wasp people die off towards the winter. By December at the latest, the nest is abandoned and can be removed without any circumstances or legal consequences.

Wasp nest by the window

Place value on an ecologically high-quality environment, let hang freely hanging wasp nests as long as possible. The empty nest could then delight a second inhabitant, some freezing insect wintering in cuddly prefab. As will be explained shortly, this is highly sensible right now from an ecological point of view. In the spring, the nest can then be removed, and the wintered lacewings set to free their houseplants from the aphids.

Prevent wasp nest

Wasps like to build their nests in roller shutters or other protrusions on the house. To prevent a wasp queen building a nest here, you can try to counter this. But prevention is not that easy: every opening of a roller shutter box should be sealed tightly, walls / corners must be equipped with fly screens so that they are impervious to the queen. An area can only remain wasp-free, if really every crack is closed, and you will succeed only with quite a lot of effort.

Remove wasp nest - only allowed in exceptional cases

Even if you see it differently when a wasp is circling your nose: Wasps are beneficial and their still inhabited dwellings must first be left in peace. Beneficiaries are essential to preserve our environment in a quality that enables people to live in this environment. Therefore, it is not a decision of the individual whether or not he tolerates a wasp nest in his vicinity, but wasps are under legal protection.

Federal Nature Conservation Act


Each wasp is under the general wildlife protection according to §39 Federal Nature Conservation Act: Willful disquiet is prohibited, wild animals may not be caught, injured or killed for any reasonable reason, their habitats may not be impaired or destroyed for any reasonable reason. Many species of wasps are under the special protection of § 44 para 1 BNatSchG in connection with the Species Protection Ordinance: Any disturbance of an inhabited nest must be approved for these species in advance by the competent nature conservation authority. This concerns z. The hornets (which also belong to the wasps), but also all domestic species of round wasps, buttonhorn wasps, bees and bumblebees.

In Germany there are around 100 wasp wasps and 11 true wasps whose nests may only be affected or destroyed if there is a reasonable cause; For 25 species of wasps, about 500 wild bees and 36 species of bumblebee to be distinguished only for experts, the nature conservation authority must first be asked whether the nest can be removed.

Bee - wasp - hornet

The first consequence of the legislation is that you must have extensive knowledge in entomology (entomology) to determine whether removal of a wasp nest is subject to approval or not. With the distance alone, it is not enough, inhabited nests must be moved to a place where the wasps can live in peace; Also to choose this place it needs some knowledge.

If you do not have all this knowledge, you should get better expert help, because ignorance does not protect against a possibly sensitive fine.

Wasp resettlement

With expert help can come from the volunteer fire department of your place, which is involved in many communities in this type of citizen support (possibly for a small fee).

Simply calling the fire department to have a wasp nest eliminated is not a very good idea. The fire brigade eliminates wasp nests if they present a concrete danger that people can not protect because of limited mobility (eg in hospitals, kindergartens, nursing homes). If you can not prove such a risk, you may pay the fee.

The local nature conservation authority or the environmental protection office will provide you with a contact person in your region.

There are also professional pest controllers with entomological expertise who can hire you. You should be careful not to hire any pest controller to explain in an almost disbelieving tone that implementing a wasp nest is not really a problem.

The second consequence of the legal situation is that in many wasp nests only the approval of the competent nature conservation authority must be obtained and also "normal" wasp nests may only be implemented if a "reasonable reason" justifies this implementation. This "reasonable reason" must be objective, and what is reasonable is increasingly interpreted more closely by the courts. As reasonable, the wasp disposal z. For example, if the wasp nest just gets in the way of bothering customers (if foodstuffs are involved, the merchant has to fight the wasps there anyway) if it takes some time (for a detour around the nest) or the like.

Living with the Wasp's Nest

Often affected individuals only learn that removing wasp nests has left wasps unwilling to leave that nest late in the season. At the same time, they learn what an expense the removal makes and that the fines for improper removal are no longer just theoretically hanging in the sky.

Humans live with insects since humans exist.

Your chance of getting a wasp sting moves significantly toward zero if you know how to deal with wasps. A possible panic of wasps decreases with it equally. It takes only a little bit of attention and a well thought-out strategy to keep the wasps from nesting in the house, avoiding the favorite spot in the garden and keeping their sting with them:

Do not lure wasps with food
  • Prevent nest building in unwanted areas at the first signs of constant disturbance
  • At the beginning of the nest building, relocation is also quick
  • Only 2 species of wasps become uncomfortably intrusive
    • German wasp and the common wasp
    • only in late summer, when her life is coming to an end
  • Do not lure wasps to the patio
    • Cover food and drinking glasses, clear empty plates immediately
    • Tear small children's mouth after sweets
    • Dustbins for food leftovers far from the seat
    • Provide wasp distraction feed (eg, ripe grapes) at some distance
  • wasp repellent
    • Tomatoes and basil around the seating group
    • Cloves, lemon, lavender, incense on the garden table
    • Create bee pasture in the backyard, which also attracts wasps
wasp's nest
  • in the garden refrain from perfume and perfumed deodorant
  • showering after sports or gardening, sweat attracts wasps
  • wasps-compatible gardening clothing is white
  • Wasps sting only in threat
    • to 3 km distance to wasp nests
    • Do not beat for wasps, leads to the release of stress hormones, wasp becomes aggressive
    • Wasps never blow, breathing air (carbon dioxide) is an alarm signal for wasps
  • To sensitize children to wasps, but not to dramatize them
  • Cool sting points immediately
  • get warm (bleed) in between lures toxins out of the prick area

The quiet reaction to a wasp that has just caught in the garden party for hours teased Beehive hairstyle can certainly be a hard exercise for people for meditation experience. But every human being manages to move wasps slowly and quietly with his hand or newspaper with little practice, or quietly withdraw for a short time. Parents have a special responsibility in this regard: when children are being practiced or instilled with wasp panic, they actively educate their children to be stung because wasps become aggressive through human sweat.

The closer to nature your garden is designed, the greater the chance that the wasps in the back of the garden will use a beautiful corner with leaves or deadwood as nesting possibilities. Where they only need their sting to defend themselves against the animal enemies also present in abundance in a natural garden.

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