Any sort of pest that has overtaken your home or yard is annoying, but hornets especially so. Hornets are aggressive and have a painful sting, and they will defend their territory by attacking you. Whether you notice one hornet in your home, or you have had a large nest of hornets in your yard, you will want to get rid of them. Follow the tips in this article to rid your yard and home of hornets.
Getting Rid Of One Hornet
Getting rid of a solitary hornet is not a task that is terribly difficult. If a hornet had made its way into your home, doing something as simple as rolling up a newspaper and swatting it away can be just the solution you're looking for. On the other hand, hornets generally only attack when provoked, so simply opening up a window and waiting for the hornet to make its way out of your home is also a method that works just as well.
Spray and Remove Nests
Make your way around your house, looking for areas that hornets might want to make their home. Hornets tend to create nests in shady, leafy areas, such as around and inside of trees, as well as in rafters and eaves inside of your home. Use a professional grade spray to rid yourself of your hornet issue, and make sure that you spray the area at night, ensuring that the hornets are at rest and not in the mood to retaliate against a human.
Bag and Dispose
If you notice a hornet's nest hanging from a low hanging branch or from a bush, then you can put on protective gear and cut the nest down, placing it in a heavy duty bag, or a double wrapped garbage bag. Ensure that your legs, arms and necks are completely covered. You should also wear gloves and face protection. Make sure that you use a long handled trimmer in order to cut away the hornets' nest, as this will create some effective distance between you and the hornets themselves. Fill the bag with insecticide, close it up, and dispose of it immediately.
A vinegar trap is highly effective against hornets and is easy to make, at that. Cut the neck off of a 2 liter bottle of soda, turn it upside down, then place it back into the base of the bottle so it acts like a funnel and then staple the two halves together. Fill the trap with a cup of apple cider as well as a hint of dish soap, then hang the trap where hornets have been spotted. The hornets will find this trap irresistible; they will also find it quite deadly.
A bucket trap is quite effective and even simpler than a vinegar trap to make; it is, however, not quite as effective as the aforementioned trap. Simply fill a bucket up with sugar water, vinegar, and a small amount of mild dish soap. Place the bucket on the ground where hornets are known to nest. If you have a large amount of hornets, you might want to consider setting up a number of bucket traps throughout your yard. Again, the hornets will find this trap irresistible, but similarly as deadly as a vinegar trap.
If you have tried to get rid of hornets and failed, or if you don't feel like battling hornets on your own, contact a local pest control company like Albemarle Termite & Pest Control to do the job for you. They can safely and quickly remove any hornets from your home and yard without putting you or your family in danger.