Did you know that hornets and wasps are actually beneficial to agriculture? Unfortunately, they eat other insects, which can hurt crop yields. That’s why it is important to learn how to get rid of them if they become an issue in your yard or home. Here are some tips on how to remove a wasp nest!
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Why Should You Get Rid Of Hornet/ Wasp Nests?
If you suspect that wasps or hornets may be damaging your plants, it’s best to call pest control professionals. However, if they are not harming anything but just hanging around too close for comfort, then there are some things you can do on your own at home.
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First Step: Identification
The first step is to identify whether the insects in question belong to the “social” species of wasp and/or bee (which form a colony with a queen). These include paper wasps, yellow jackets, and bees. Then you will know what type of nest removal techniques to use.
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Second Step: Make Sure They’re Not Protected!
Before going any further, make sure that these bugs aren’t protected by law from extermination. If they are, you’ll have to call a professional. If you’re not sure, try to contact your local agricultural extension office. If they aren’t a protected species, then you can proceed with the following methods of getting rid of wasps and hornets.
Third Step: Choose Your Removal Method
There are many ways that people remove wasp nests from their homes and yards. The first is by spraying them with a pesticide solution. This can be bought at any store or garden center. Be sure not to spray the nest during the middle of the day when most insects rest in it, as this could cause other wasps (who aren’t killed) to become very angry!
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Instead, during nighttime hours, pour about two inches worth of household ammonia into an empty soda bottle and attach some duct tape around it so that flies don’t get out after you’ve sprayed them inside. Attach this contraption above your chosen area where the bugs like to hang out (such as a window sill) and make sure to leave it there for two days. This should eliminate the majority of all wasps in that vicinity, depending on how big your “trap” is!
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Another method that works well if you have an infestation near where people come into contact with, such as around doorways, windows, etc., is to use bug spray. Make sure it’s 100% DEET-based insect repellent!
Fourth Step: Seal Up Their Nests
After getting rid of most (if not all) of the insects from their nests by using one of these methods above, you must now seal up any entrances left behind so more bugs can’t return again. Use putty, caulk, or insulation foam to plug up any openings.
Fifth Step: Clean Up!
Finally, take away the nests themselves and clean out your yard or home of all debris that was left behind (including dead bugs). You can use a regular vacuum cleaner or even do it by hand with some old rags. Then you’ll be rid of those pesky hornets and/or wasps for good!
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In conclusion, there are many ways to get rid of wasps and hornets. You can either hire a professional or do it yourself with the tips above!