The Dos And Don'ts Of Removing A Hornet's Nest From Your Property

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The Dos And Don'ts Of Removing A Hornet's Nest From Your Property

31 July 2015
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Have you recently become aware of a hornet's nest on your property, whether it be in the ground, in a tree, or even on the side of your home? If so, then you'll want to have the nest removed as quickly as possible for your own safety and that of others. It's always best to leave this kind of work to a professional pest control expert, but if you'd rather go the DIY route, there are some important dos and don'ts to keep in mind.

DO Invest in a Quality Hornet Spray

Start with the right hornet-killing spray, which you should be able to find at your local home improvement store for a few bucks a can. Make sure, though, that you don't use just any pest spray. The label should specifically note that the spray kills hornets on contact.

DON'T Mess With Baldfaced Hornets

If you suspect that you're dealing with a nest of baldfaced hornets, it's strongly recommended that you forego the DIY route and contact a professional instead. Baldfaced hornets are known to be very aggressive and are therefore very dangerous to deal with if you don't have the proper tools and training.

DO Stand as Far Away as Possible

When using a hornet spray, stand as far away from the nest as possible. Many hornet sprays these days allow you to stand at least a couple dozen feet away from the nest while still maintaining a steady and strong spray. Always have an "escape route" planned from wherever you're standing and keep an eye on the nest while spraying so that you can get to safety quickly if a swarm emerges.

DON'T Assume the Nest is Dead

Finally, remember that one spray of a nest isn't always enough to kill off all the hornets. Therefore, you should always spray at least a few times at various intervals (preferably when it's dark, as that's when hornets tend to be the least active). Once you spray the nest and there seems to be no activity whatsoever, it is safe to use a shovel to pick up the nest and scoop it into a strong, tight-sealing bag.

Dealing with a hornet's nest on your property can be a pain, but as long as you're not dealing with baldfaced hornets, you should be able to take care of removing the nest yourself so long as you have the right tools.

For professional pest control, contact a company such as All Seasons Pest Control.