Q: Danger For Me And Abby?

October 8, 2012 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 708 days ago


I found a wasp nest in my backyard a small one with 3 adults and tons of babies I had no idea of a safe way to get rid of it without harming the wasps so I told my step dad and he took care of it by killing them and knocking the nest down but the thing is I want to know if there is a way to remove it to another area without harming the wasps and with out me or Abby getting stung by them cause I don't want to hurt them or other people to hurt them but I don't want to get harmed myself and I don't want Abby to get hurt either so does anyone know of another solution in case this happens again?, I know sometimes people will catch bees with their nest and relocate them but I don't know if anyone does that with wasps or not can anyone help?

Readers' Answers (3)

Oct 09, 2012

There are no "wasp keepers" so no one is going to come move a wasp nest for you. You can't "move" a wasp nest to another location. The location was chosen by the queen and only the queen can choose the next location. Wasps aren't dangerous to people or pets unless they have an allergy to them. They don't attack like Africanized bees. They will sting if they're disturbed or feel threatened. When I was a kid I was stung 5 times between the eyes while climbing a tree (I bumped into the nest). Another time I was climbing through the fence of our corral and grabbed a yellow jacket nest. I was stung almost 30 times. It hurt, but since I'm not allergic, it wasn't dangerous to me at all. The only time I've ever seen an animal stung was when my cat was trying to play with one in the grass. She got stung on the paw, but except for the initial pain of the sting, it didn't bother her. In the grand scheme of things, their stings aren't even all that painful. The best thing to do is just leave them alone. Wasps play an important role in the ecosystem. They are pollinators and some also eat other less beneficial insects. The worker wasps only live for around 2 months and the queen only lives a year. As soon as cold weather arrives, your wasps will disappear on their own. At that time just knock down the nest. When it's early in the season, there isn't a lot of activity around the nest so just knock them down when you see them. If someone has a smoker, you can also smoke them out and then remove the nest. When you remove a nest, they'll usually move on to another location to build their next one.

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daryl b.

Oct 08, 2012

i hate to say this ches but many people burn the nests. also i believe that wasps go underground for the winter. if you don't want to hurt them smoke will slow them down enough thst maybe you can move it. you have such a good heart

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Oct 15, 2012

Wasps nests can't be successfully moved. They shouldn't be a problem as long as you don't bother them. They'll disappear when the weather gets colder then you can just knock the nest down.

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