Hornets are a nuisance but generally don’t attack unless provoked. In the majority of cases, a hornet will not attack unless their nest is being threatened.
Unfortunately, they will feel their nest is being threatened if you come within 2-3 meters of it, if they do decide to attack, the results can be fatal. The reason their attack can be fatal is simply because they have large stingers and they can attack repeatedly. This can inflict a lot of damage in a short space of time.
The good news is that hornets are part of the insect family Vespidae, this is the same family as all types of wasps. Hornets are effectively large wasps.
Here are 5 tips to help you eliminate hornet’s nests.
- Locate the Nest
You’ve probably already noted a high-level of activity in your yard, this suggests the nest is nearby. Unfortunately, hornets can make nests in high places or in the ground, wherever they feel safe.
The easiest first step is simply to watch their flight patterns. Hornets will fly to and from the nest, you’ll be able to locate the nest simply by watching where they fly. This will help if you decide to call the exterminators.
Ground nests can be as simple as a pencil-sized hole in the ground, they are commonly in shaded areas but, if you watch, you’ll see the hornets going in and out during the day.
- Get Professional Help
It’s worth taking the time to find out more about your local pest control expert. Hornets and other wasps can be dangerous, a professional will know the best way to deal with them and protect you, your family, and your pets.
This is one time when leaving it to the professionals is a good idea.
- Dusk or Dawn
Hornets are most docile when it’s cooler, they spend the night inside their nests to stay warm. Treating the nest with hornet and wasp killer should be done at dusk or dawn, the cooler temperature will ensure they are more docile and it’s likely that all the hornets will be in one place.
This will increase your chances of killing all of them without being surprised by them attacking from behind.
But, make sure you’re using an effective chemical spray and spray as far away from the nest as you can, you’ll need to check the instructions on the can but you should be able to stand several meters from the nest! It also needs to be fast-acting.
- Cover Up
If you’re insisting on dealing with the hornets yourself you need to take precautions to protect yourself from being stung.
This means covering all exposed skin, including tucking trousers into socks, wearing a hat, and even a mask over your face. This will reduce the chances of you being stung. But, you should also make sure there is someone else on hand to assist, especially if you know you’re allergic to hornets and wasp stings.
- Escape Route
Even if you’re fully prepared, which you should be, there is a chance that things will not go to plan. You need to make sure you have a clear escape route that will allow you to get away from the hornets and into safety. Check this route carefully before you start your hornet treatment.
It is worth noting that hornets do not see well at night. If you attack at dusk and position a light away from you, the hornets are likely to attack the light before you, that buys you tile to treat the nest or escape.