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Did you know that you have 8 Wasp & Hornet hornet nest removal options?

Published: October 25, 2020
Did you know that you have 8 hornet nest removal options?

Did you know that hornets construct their hives by chewing wood into papery construction pulp? Did you know that each hive houses thousands of hornets or wasps?

While hornets won’t harm you as it is, they do get aggressive if felt threatened.

They may, in turn, sting you, and their stings are painful.

Prevention is always better than cure. So instead of getting stung for some reason or the other, it’s better to remove a hornet nest.


However, removing a hornet’s nest is no piece of cake. It has to be done carefully, preferably by professionals. You can also use the following methods to try and remove it yourself.

1. Blocking it off

In the case of underground nests, you can remove the hornets by blocking it’s entrance and exists.

Identify the exits and entrances, and then pour some soapy water down them to suffocate the hornets. Then cover the hornet with a large bowl, and leave it for a few weeks.

The hornets will die inside the nest.

2. Cutting the tree branch

This is an effective means of naturally removing hanging hornet’s nests. However, it’s a bit risky because you have to cut the tree branch from which it hangs.

First place a huge, dark-colored polythene bag or cardboard box under the nest so that it falls into it. Wear protective clothing and cover yourself as much as possible before doing cutting anything.

3. Using traps

There are various glass hornet traps you can use for hornet nest removal in your area. Place some bait like tuna that attracts hornets in the trap and place the traps around the nest.

You can also alternatively make traps using a plastic bottle. Use mashed grapes, kokanee beer, or coolers as bait.

Vinegar traps also help because hornets hate the pungent odor of vinegar.

You can make a vinegar trap by cutting the soda bottle’s neck. Place the neck part on the bottle base to create a tunnel for wasps to enter.

Fill the bottle with vinegar, meat, and dish soap and hang it around the nest. The bait gets attracted to the bait and enters the trap but can’t come out because of vinegar’s pungent smell.

4. Spraying pesticide

You can try spraying pesticides meant for killing hornets on the nest’s bottom opening. This has to be done wearing protective clothing, and for about 10 to 15 seconds.

Leave it as it overnight, and you will find dead hornets the next morning.

5. Smoking them out

Smoking is an excellent home remedy to remove hornets.

Light a small fire under the nest. The smoke rises and reaches the nest to suffocate the hornets and force them to leave the nest. Let the smoke rise for 1 to 2 hours for
best effects, and destroy the nest once the hornets vacate it.

6. Vacuuming

Your vacuum also helps with hornet removal. Switch it on and point its nozzle in the hornet’s direction to eradicate the hornets. Then dispose of the nest in a large plastic bag.

Try to not squash any hornets because squashed hornets leave a chemical signal that warns other hornets. But do remember to wear protective clothing while vacuuming.

7. Using essential oils

Essential oils are helpful at repelling hornets.

First mix a few drops of geranium, lemongrass, and clove essential oils in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of dish wash soap to it, and then spray the mixture directly on the hornets.

Spraying it in places where hornets may build nests also helps keep hornets away from your home.

8. Hiring professionals

Hiring professionals

Instead of going through all these hassles, you can always use the best and most effective hornet nest removal in Alpharetta Georgia services.

Removing hornets is their job, so they have the required gear and know the proper techniques to quickly eliminate hornets. You don’t have wear protective clothing or worry about getting stung.

Besides, professionals don’t just exterminate wasps. They also teach preventive measures to make sure the hornets do not return again.


Examples are patching and sealing any tiny cracks in the house and checking power lines entering the house. Ensuring there are no holes in window screens and sealing up any gaps also helps.

The best time to take these preventive measures is early in spring, when hornets are least active. And the best time to eliminate hornets is at night or early morning when
they are least active.

This is also when they are less aggressive and slower. So it reduces the chances of your getting stung.

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