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How to Get Rid of a Hornets Nest


When you come across hornet nests building up inside your homes or outdoors, careful measures need to be taken to get rid of them because the venomous sting of these creatures can be excruciating or sometimes, life-threatening. In order to save yourself, you should first be able to identify hornets from other bees. 

You may have noticed that usually bees have thick waists between their thorax and abdomen; hornets have a thin waist. You would usually find hornets in black and white colors, with two pairs of wings, six legs and nearly two inches long.

Hornets build their nests from wood pulp and saliva; when you observe them, the nests seem like folded sheets. They are oval or pine-shaped, grey and keep growing when the number of eggs starts increasing. They usually build their colonies high up in the trees or bushes. Hornets may build nests inside houses, for instance in attics and beneath furniture. Hornets prefer hidden locations to build nests to protect them from the weather. The nests are built to lay eggs and they begin hatching in summer. The hornets start perishing in winter and the ones that remain start building new colonies in summer.

Therefore, even if they start disappearing in autumn, you can’t ignore the nests on your property because  hornets may begin building new nests. It is crucial not to shake, provoke and get near their nests as they would start attacking in self-defense, which could be life-threatening to you and the rest of the family.  

Use bait

If you want to limit the hornet population in your vicinity, you could try placing buckets of water mixed with vinegar and soap near the nest. If you can manage it, try hanging the buckets with rope on the branches near the nest.

Place meat inside the trap; don’t let it come in contact with the water so that it could invite bees. When the queen bees fall into it, it can prevent more nests from being built on your property in the future.

Make sure that you replace the buckets regularly and put fresh water with soap and vinegar to effectively drown the hornets.

Kill them with insecticides  

You don’t want to take the risk of swatting hornets because that makes them release a chemical, which alerts other hornets and they will attack you in self-defense. Don’t try it if there is a nest nearby. Furthermore, even vacuuming them up can be risky because the hornet would release a chemical signal.

You can make one using dishwashing detergent and water. Use a hornet-killing spray from local stores or the one you’ve made and use it on the nest, maintaining a good distance. When you have to do it, cover yourself in a proper head-to-toe suit, gloves and helmet is order to shield yourself. Sprays that are customized to kill hornets can be applied at a distance of around 20 inches; therefore, you want to avoid getting too near to the colonies.  

The preferred time to use spray would be at dawn or dusk, since hornets are active during the day. If you have to do it during the night, the lighting needs to be strong because if the hornets get aggressive, it needs to be visible to you so that you can immediately remove yourself from the oncoming attack.

As soon as you have sprayed enough, remove yourself from the location and let the spray do its job.

Use a bag trap

The process involves placing a big bag directly beneath the nest, cutting the nest from the branch so that it lands in the bag and immediately sealing it shut.

Once again, this is a risky task and you need to cover yourself head to toe, with gloves, goggles and respirator to shield yourself from the hornets that are hovering around the colony.

Moreover, the preferred time to carry out this procedure would be at dawn or dusk since you have a better chance of getting as many hornets as possible and preventing them from building more colonies.

Place a strong bag beneath the nest; strong enough so that it doesn’t tear apart from the weight. It should also be large enough to improve your chances of the nest falling straight into the bag. With the help of hedge trimmers, carefully cut the nest from the branch or the entire branch.

This task is better done when there is more than one person. Therefore, one person could perform the cutting task and the other person sealing the bag as soon as it lands in the bag to prevent the bees from getting aggressive. When you manage to contain them, burn the bag or hand it over to a pest-control agency.

Shut them out

When you have a nest outside your house, it is highly probable that you would be coming across hornets inside your house. The best way to not let them into your house and prevent colonies is to seal the entry spaces. Check for holes in the attic, cracks in the walls, holes around cable wires and gaps beneath doors and between windows.

Furthermore, when you know that there is a nest nearby, that is when you should be keeping your doors and windows shut until the nest problem is dealt with.

Therefore, don’t neglect the problem at hand when you spot them. Hornets can be life-threatening to young members of the family and especially those who are allergic.

Knock down Hornets Nests With Professional DIY Products From Solutions

Solutions Pest & Lawn products have been proven and tested by pest control experts and professionals and can deliver the results you are looking for in no time flat.

According to our experiences, we recommend a combination of sprays and dusts to eliminate your hornet problem. Our first recommendation is a contact insecticide aerosol spray which can take not only the hornet down but can also down the entire nest. This is perhaps your most cost effective option. You don’t even have to be very close to the hornet or nest since our sprays can shoot upwards of 15 ft and will knock attacking hornets to the ground on contact. Some of the sprays we carry which work really well are called Wasp Freeze Aerosol or Stingray Wasp & Hornet Spray.  

The next thing to think about is the nest itself. These hornet nests are usually found outside the home in corners of the exterior, a tree or a wall void. If they are coming in and out of an area you will want to apply a dust into the opening, Delta Dust will work great in high moisture areas and does not clump like some of the other insecticide dust. Just a few puffs will leave a residual insecticide in the void that will make any returning wasp succumb to the dusts killing power.


By following the tips we’ve outlined in this article and arming yourself with fast killing hornet control products, you can safely get rid of your hornets around your home as well as their nest and make it safe to walk outside.

For more DIY advice, you can speak to us live over the phone at 800-479-6583 or email us your question or comment at askapro@solutionsstores.com.


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