Practical tip: wasp nest removal with the turntable ladder

They are never welcome guests, neither on the terrace nor on the balcony: wasps. A wasp nest nearby is not only annoying, it also carries risks - especially for children and people with allergies. The removal of wasps is often the responsibility of the fire department. Sometimes the use of a turntable ladder is necessary for this. Here are a few important tips for safely dealing with such operations.


In roller shutter boxes, under the eaves, or under the roof tiles - wasps mostly build their nests in hard-to-reach places. If you choose to use the turntable ladder for nest removal, then there are a few essential things that need to be strictly observed.

  • As with any use of the turntable ladder, the ground surface must be properly assessed before setting up. Unstable ground surfaces such as lawns are generally not ideal to use aerial rescue devices on. This must be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the operator. In all instances, shims are to be used in such areas to reduce pressure on the ground surface.
  • For the removal of wasps, the wearing of protective equipment (beekeepers' protective clothing) is essential. If this equipment is not available to the fire department, then beekeepers or pest control should be contacted. These are able to assist not only with professional equipment, but often with expert advice.
  • When removing insect nests, national animal protection laws are to be observed. Depending on local law, it may be that such nests should only be removed in a particular way.
  • During operation, the operator must remain within the approved limits of the aerial device. Overriding safety features is strictly prohibited, especially in such operations as the removal of a wasp nests.
  • The operator should move the basket with gentle and slow movements, so as not to disturb the insects.
  • The tools and other materials necessary for the removal of a nest should be placed in the basket in order to facilitate work without interruption. All items must be well secured against falling, so as not to put colleagues on the ground at risk.
  • When removing the nest, wasps (as well as other insects) are easily disturbed. This can also widen the scope of danger. Accordingly, measures should be taken to protect the crew and other persons in the area of operation.
  • Once the nest is removed and the wasps (or other insects) are contained, national animal welfare legislation must be adhered to. In some countries, the animals must be relocated to an appropriate environment, for example.

Optimal working conditions even in hard-to-reach places

Even in operations such as the removal of a wasp nest, the L32A-XS 2.0 turntable ladder from Rosenbauer can show off all its capabilities. A significant advantage is, for example, that the entire front of the working cage can be removed to allow unhindered work. The colleague in the basket must be secured against falling in such cases. The L32A-XS 2.0 can, thanks to the joint part in the ladder set, be positioned to access hard-to-reach places. While other turntable ladders often reach their operational limits, especially at low rescue heights on the first or second floor, or anywhere in the narrow streets of historic city centers, the L32A-XS 2.0 can also operate successfully in such scenarios thanks to the joint part on the ladder set allowing greater mobility and reducing space requirements.


For many fire departments, the removal of insect nests are routine operations. Nevertheless, the risks (for example, operations at great heights, insect bites and stings, etc.) should not be underestimated. After fully assessing the acute danger of the nest, one should take enough time to take all necessary safety precautions. Self-protection and the protection of colleagues should be the top priority in order to prevent routine operations from turning dangerous.