Hornets are known to be less aggressive than wasps or indeed their close cousins the yellow jackets, however like all social insects they live and work together in large groups in hives.
As with most creatures on this earth they have a natural instinct to protect that hive from predators, if any threat is detected they will most certainly attack any creature – animal or human who gets too close and when they attack they do so in very large numbers. Giant Asian Hornets need only sting 5 times before death becomes a real possibility for the victim if medical attention is not sought immediately.
Therefore hornet control and hornets nest removal is essential particularly if you find one in your garden or yard or anywhere that children might play. Hornets see anything or anyone different or strange in the immediate vicinity of their hive as a threat and they will attack.
Knowing what type of hornet you are dealing with before you begin is probably a good idea. The best way to do this is by taking a close look at the type of nest, where it has been constructed and the behavior of the insects; for example a yellow jacket nest is usually found built inside a wall or the hollow of a tree or underground. These stinging pests are usually fairly aggressive. A hanging nest under a roof which is either round or umberella like in shape and which looks like paper will signal the presence of paper wasps which on the whole tend to be fairly non-aggressive. A bald-faced hornets nest is more pear shaped, resembles grey paper and is usually found hanging from a tree or under a roof it can range in size from a length of 3 feet or as small as a small football with occupants are incredably defensive.
Okay so what do you do if you discover a bald faced hornets nest?
Below are 6 steps which tell you how to carry out bald faced hornet removal;
1. You will need some equipment and some protection for yourself before you begin – remember unlike bees, hornets and wasps have no barbs on their stingers and will sting repeatedly given the chance – so here is a quick check list:-
* Protective suit or very thick clothing as protection against a possible attack by the hornets.
* Protective gloves.
* protective glasses or goggles – goggles are best because they have a seal around the eyes to prevent insects getting in.
* Something to kill the hornets – make sure you purchase an insecticide which will kill hornets.
* Large plastic sacks – preferably the type which do not have any holes in the bottom and they also need to be make of tough plastic so the hornets can’t chew through them.
* Hedge clippers – be sure to use one will a long handle so you don’t have to get too close!
2. The best time to attempt removing the nest is at night. Once the sun goes down and the temperature drops the hornets become more lethargic and docile and will retreat to the safety of the nest.
3. The removal of hornets nests is a job which is probably best done with 2 people. So, once you have put on all of your protective clothing you are ready to start by first of all opening out the plastic sack and placing it on the ground immediately below where the nest is attached.
4. The first scenario is that you have a hornets nest which is hanging on a branch of a bush or tree. In this instance the easiest thing to do would be to cut the branch using the long handled hedge clippers and let the nest fall into the sack. If this is not possible you may have to break to top part of the hive which will also release it allowing it to fall to the ground. Make sure that you do not pierce the plastic sack with any twigs or branches you bring down with the nest.
Now it is simply a case of either filling the bag with the insecticide you purchased, tying it up securely and leaving it to kill the hornets or you could if you prefer simply burn the bag, get rid of the hornets and destroy the nest in one easy step.
5. The second scenario could be that the nest is attached to your roof or perhaps your guttering. In this instance the hornet nest removal can be a bit more fretful. The only way to remove the nest is to break it meaning that the hornets are likely to still go on the defensive and try to attack.
In this instance your best defence is to use smoke, this will help keep the hornets docile and make their vision even more impaired than it is in darkness already. Once again catch the hornets nest and as many hornets as possible in the plastic sack, add the insecticide, then tie up the sack securely. As before, if you prefer you could just burn the sack.
6. Hornets are creatures of habit and if they perceive that there are no longer any threats, they will return to the same spot and build another hive.
So, in order to prevent this happening the simplest thing you can do is make the environment appear different, trim or remove bushes and shrubs, repaint the bird box or in severe cases it might be wise to repaint your house! You may also want to put up some insect mesh to prevent them gaining access to roofs and gutters in future.
This six step guide to hornets nest removal is relatively simple to carry out where the nests are in accessible places. If you have a hornets nest on or close to your property which is difficult to access or you do not feel confident to tackle the job yourself please get professional help as soon as possible.