Wasp nest removal

We are the local specialists for wasp nest removal in Edinburgh and East Lothian. We have all the essential protective clothing and training to get rid of wasps from your home or business.

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If you are being bothered by large numbers of wasps, then it is likely that you have a wasp nest on your property, or very nearby. We strongly advise you not to try to remove a large nest yourself.

We use special protective clothing and chemicals to eradicate the wasps and remove the nest. It is best to remove the nest as soon as possible. Dealing with a small wasp nest in the springtime can help you avoid a bigger problem during the summer months.


Call us now on 0131 659 9752 and we can offer advice.

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Some information about wasps

Wasps are a common pest, especially towards the end of summer. Most people have experienced the irritation of having wasps or hornets hovering around us as we try to enjoy the sun, or eat outdoors. Wasp stings are normally harmless, but somewhat painful! On rare occasions however a sting can potentially trigger an allergic reaction, so it’s a good idea to treat these insects with respect.

The little yellow and black striped flying insects often build nests near to homes, garages and garden sheds. Usually the nest will be built inside a wall cavity or roof, or a hole in the ground. A small crack in a wall or doorway can provide a handy entrance into a sheltered area. Once a nest site has been chosen, the wasp colony will begin to multiply and the wasps will forage nearby for food and wood shavings which they use to build the nest.

A wasp nest is made from chewed wood, so it has a papery look on the outside. The nest can become very large and need to be professionally removed. By late summer it’s not uncommon for a nest to be the size of a basketball!

Pest control expert wearing protective clothing

What to do if you think you have wasps

  1. DON’T attempt to remove a wasps nest yourself. The wasps inside the nest are likely to become aggressive and try to sting you. This is because they are trying to protect the nest and their young inside.
  2. Try to watch the wasps to see where they are coming from and going to. They will be going back and forward to their nest so observing them can help us find the nest site.
  3. Consider leaving the nest alone. If the nest is a safe distance from your home then you might be able to let the wasps go about their business until they die in colder weather. Wasps are actually important pollinators and good for the eco-system.
  4. If you would like the nest removed, give us a call on 0131 659 9752

How we will safely remove your wasp nest

  1. We will visit your property asap – usually on the same day
  2. To remove a wasp nest there and then, we will first put on our specialist protective clothing
  3. The nest is then sprayed with pesticide chemicals to kill the wasps
  4. We normally leave it overnight for the chemicals to do their job
  5. We can return the next day to remove the nest if necessary

What to do if you’ve been stung!

Wasp stings are alkaline, so to ease the pain of a wasp sting rub something acidic on the sting. Vinegar or lemon juice works well. Simply soak a piece of cotton wool in vinegar or lemon juice and rub it on the sting.

(*The opposite is true for bee stings so if you are not sure what has stung you, rub some ice, garlic or cucumber where you’ve been stung)

For wasp nest removal in Edinburgh, call Barricade today on 0131 659 9752