Hornet nest removal: Not as easy as it looks

Hornet nest removal is not as easy as it looks. It’s a service best left to a professional.  And yet over the last 27 years I’ve heard and seen just about every method of hornet nest removal there is.  I’ve witnessed people throw rocks at nests, light nests on fire and I even saw a person drive his car into a nest.  The end result is the same.  There were angry hornets and quite a few stings.

Here’s how hornet nest removal is safely done

So, what do you need to know about hornet nest removal?  First, it takes planning.  In order to remove a hornet nest you should have a bee suit.  This specialized suit covers you from head to toe, but that doesn’t mean a bee suit is armor.  If you’re not careful and forget to pull the bottoms over your boots or wear heavy gloves you’ll still get stung.  I learned this the hard way many years ago.  A lesson learned that’s never been forgotten

Second, the operation should take place at night if it’s being done by a homeowner.  At nighttime all the workers are back in the nest and you’ve got a much greater chance at a one-time treatment and total elimination.

Last, most hornets nests are up high.  Hornet nest removal that needs a ladder is only to be done by a professional.  There’s no badge of honor for getting stung while up on ladder 20 ft in the air.  In fact, there’s a fairly good chance that not only will you get stung you’ll fall off the ladder.

Elimination is in sight

The materials that are used are very important.  Let’s face it, all pesticides will kill hornets, but a dust type insecticide works best.  The reason is that the entrance can be treated directly and dust can be distributed throughout the inside of the nest.  Once this is accomplished all foraging workers that return will come in contact with the product and die shortly thereafter.  When  they’re all gone hornet nest removal is just a matter of removing the actual nest.

Hornet nest removal is not for everyone which is why it’s best left to a professional.

If you have a hornet nest that needs to be removed call Envirocare Pest Control at 1-888-879-6481.  We can help.