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How To Get Rid of Hornets 

If you think that wasp stings are painful then wait till you get stung by a hornet! Actually, you don’t have to wait to know how painful it really is, just take our word for it and instead focus your attention on getting rid of a hornet nest if you ever catch sight of one. Hornets actually love honey, sugar, protein and sap and mostly take residence in our gardens, attic and garages. While most of them might only attack you with a very painful yet harmless sting, there are also certain kinds that could pose some serious danger to health.  

Hornets simply do not like to be disturbed, but good luck telling that to your kids or even reminding yourself time and again that certain grounds have already been claimed by an extended family of hornets and you need to walk cautiously on it. This is why it’s much better if you just nip the evil in the bud.

But if you want to get an upper hand on your enemy, then you need to educate yourself about them first.

About Hornets:

Hornets are basically subsets of wasps but only much larger and a lot more complex. They have a striped brown and yellow torso and clear orange wings. Like wasps and bees, they are social insects and like to live in their colonies and almost only get aggressive when there’s a need to defend it. The hornets’ nests are paper like in texture made from their saliva and wood pulp. Following are the places where hornets are most likely to build their nests in:

  • Attics rafters

  • Atop trees

  • Garages

  • Covered areas and areas raised off the ground

  • Under roof awnings

  • Behind shutters

  • Decking

  • Sheds

  • Hollow tree trunks

  • Underground

It is usually hard to miss a hornet’s nest. It has a football kind of shape and some are found free-hanging and others are attached to a larger object like a wall or a tree branch. Hornets usually destroy fruit crops and trees in order to get to the sap.

 How to Effectively Get Rid Of a Hornets’ Nest

If you catch sight of few hornets inside your home, they are probably just looking for nesting places and have veered off from the queen, but if you are looking at too many hornets all of a sudden, there are high chances that a hornet nest is on your property. In that case, roll off your sleeves and get to work:

  1. Bag and Burn

Before you proceed with this step, make sure everyone who is around the nest is either wearing a protective gear or not near the nest at all. Once that is taken care of, cut down the nest using a long handled cutter, scissors or hedge trimmers and immediately put it into a heavy-duty plastic bag. Burn it as soon as the plastic bag is properly sealed.

  1. Let them Drown before they Nest

The queen hornet and her workers scout the area before nesting. If you feel any part of your house is an appealing sight for the nesting then place a bucket full of sugar water, vinegar and dish soap mixture below the area.  This way, if a scout ever comes to investigate an area, it should drown before it gets a chance to report back.

  1. Heavy-Duty Power Hose

Another easy way to wash your hands off the hornets once and for all is to blast them off with a heavy duty power hose. But first make sure to fill the hose-end sprayer with dish detergent to have heavy suds. Next, dress protectively in a way that all your skin is hidden and then, for further safety measures stand as far away from the nest as possible. Once you are sure that you are safe, turn on the power hose and blast off the nest. The soapy water effectively penetrates the skin of the hornets and drowns them.

  1. Get the Fire Going

Another operative method of getting rid of the hornets’ nest is by smoking them out and getting them on the run. It is also safer. Just fire a grill right below the nest and hide somewhere. Let the smoke rise for an hour or so until it has seeped into the nest and forced the hornets to evacuate. Once you are sure that the nest is completely empty, pull it down. Make sure to wear a protective gear and have a soapy water spray in hand when pulling down the nest. There might be a hornet or two left behind.

Remember always to put safety first. If you believe this is something you cannot handle on your own, then call a pest control service to take care of the matter at once.

Knock the Hornets Down with Professional DIY Products

If you’re not up for any of the homemade options for hornet control we’ve presented above, you can always use what the professional use with the high quality products we sell here at Solutions Pest & Lawn. Our 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.

Keep the Hornets Away With Preventative Measures

Do not pat yourself on the back once you have gotten rid of the nest, not yet. You also need to make sure that these giant wasps stay away for good. Hornets are attracted to protein so make sure there are no leftover fish or milk in your dumpster that could be inviting the hornets. Also, make a point to cover and seal your trash cans all the time.

Do not neglect your front lawn and backyards either. Keep the bushes and trees trimmed and walls and eaves painted. It would be a good idea to hang sun-catching accessories like mobiles and CDs in the old nesting spots. And to be even more cautious, try hanging fake nests in potential spots, hornets are territorial and learn to steer clear of other nests.


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 and make it safe to walk outside to your yard.

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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