How to get rid of a hornet nest

How to Get Rid of a Hornet Nest

Depending on the type of hornets that have invaded your property, they may build their nests in walls, ceilings, rotted tree stumps, grill, under your deck or even in a tree in your garden. You should note that if you have ground hornets in your property, their nests cannot be removed, and the best plan of action is to leave them alone if they pose no harm. However, if they are a potential threat to you and the people living around you, they need to be poisoned or trapped.

The best and easiest way to get rid of a hornet nest is to call a professional pest removal company. However, if you decide to tackle the problem by yourself, it is best to mark the nest during the day and plan to attack at night. Hornets are not nocturnal, meaning they are active during the day, attacking them at night is better since they are inactive, and you also get the chance to get them while they are all in the nest.

Best way to get rid of hornet nest

Hornets just like wasps are social insects and prey on other insects to feed their larvae. Unlike wasps, hornets are not a major threat to humans unless provoked. Its advisable to leave a hornet’s nest alone unless it poses a threat to people living close by.

There are several methods to get rid of a hornet nest.

  • Spraying the nest. You will find a hornet nest in a sheltered location, under sheds, in trees, rafters, eaves, and attics. Once you locate the nest, there are some simple ways to get rid of it. If you are using an insecticide, it’s best to spray the nest at night or early in the morning. During this time the Hornets are back in the nest and are less active. Ensure you soak the nest with insecticide and remove it after 24 hours. Make sure all the Hornets are dead before removing the nest.
  • Bag and dispose of the nest. In case you spot a low hanging hornet nest from a tree, the best method would be to cut and bag it. This method is easy but dangerous. Therefore, you need to ensure that you wear protective clothing before attempting to bag the nest. If possible use a long-handled hedge trimmer to cut down the branch with the nest. Your nest will safely drop inside the heavy-duty plastic bag. Fill the bag with insecticide, close it and dispose of it.
  • Prevent hornets from nesting. Traps can be used to discourage hornets from nesting in your property, but there are several other preventive methods you could use. You can prevent hornets from invading your property by keeping it tidy. Keep your bushes and trees trimmed. Ensure your walls and eaves are painted. You could also hang a fake or decoy nest in areas you don’t want hornet activity. Hornets like wasps are territorial insects. They will stay 200 meters away from other hornet nests.
  • Hire a professional hornet removal. The easiest and best way to get rid of hornets is by hiring a professional pest control service. These experts have the knowledge and experience to identify hornet nests and exterminate them effectively without causing harm. Apart from getting rid of the Hornets, they will ensure they don’t return.
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Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.