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How to get rid of hornets

Information, facts and resources to help you deal with an infestation of hornets and, if the worst happens, how to destroy the hornets and prevent this household pests return.


Hornets

What does a hornet look like?

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Hornet (Oriental Hornet)

Hornet Description

  • Hornets are a form of social wasp and some`species of hornets can reach over two inches in length.
  • Hornets have two sets of wings and a narrow waist.
  • An adult hornet can be up to two inches long (Some species of hornet).

Where do Hornets live?

  • The European Hornet, Vespa crabro, founds a new nest in spring by a fertilized female known as the queen.
  • Hornets usually choose sheltered places for their nests, like dark hollow tree trunks.
  • At the peak of the European Hornets nest population, the colony of hornets can number in excess of six hundred worker hornets.
  • Other temperate species of hornet, for example the yellow hornet, V. simillima, or the Oriental hornet, V. orientalis will have similar life cycles.

What are the signs of Hornet infestation?

  • The hornet nest may be discovered in a tree near to the household.
  • Hornets are sighted en route to their hornet nests.

What do Hornets eat?

  • Hornets usually eat insects, which are mainly garden or household pests.
  • Hornets can be considered to be beneficial insects because they feed on many other insects that are considered to be pests.

Why must Hornets be controlled?

  • Hornets unlike a bee, can sting many times.
  • Hornets stings are painful to humans, and depending on the species of hornet have varying degrees of toxicity.
  • Hornet stings are invariably more painful than a wasps sting.
  • Although the hornet sting is not normally serious, it can be very painful, and in certain cases can cause a severe immune reaction and anaphylactic shock.
  • Hornets will sting if provoked, causing symptoms ranging from painful swelling to life-threatening allergic shock.
  • Hornets can act as a group if the colony of hornets is threatened. This can be very dangerous, so avoid killing single hornets anywhere near their nest to prevent a mass stinging attack from the hornet colony.
  • It is important also, to remember that hornets are beneficial insects because of their role in pollination or preying upon other destructive insects, and consideration should be given to tolerating and avoiding hornets.

How can I get rid of Hornets?

  • First assess whether it is necessary? Hornet nests located in areas away from human contact can be left untreated. It should be remembered that hornet have a beneficial aspect as they kill many garden pests.
  • DIY Treatments. If you do decide to treat the hornet nest yourself, suitable products can be purchased from hardware shops and garden centres.
  • You must first locate the entrance to the hornet nest. Following the flight pattern of returning hornets may help.
  • Treatment should be carried out very early or late in the day when hornet activity is at a minimum.
  • Apply the insecticide to the entrance of the hornet nest, or directly on to the hornet nest if it is visible.
  • Keep well away from the treated hornet nest for at least 24 hours.
  • Consider the risks carefully before attempting a treatment yourself. Hornets are social insects, and can be motivated to be very aggressive in the protection of the hornet colony or hornet nest. Hornets are most aggressive when their nest is threatened, and multiple stings may result if your protective clothing is inadequate.
  • Remember pesticides can be poisonous to children and pets. After use store container and contents away from children, or dispose of empty containers safely.

How can I prevent Hornets from returning?

  • Good hygiene.
  • Remove conditions which encourage hornets. Keep dustbins and wastebins tightly covered.
  • Clean up waste food immediately and cover food outdoors.

Hornet Poisons and Hornet Pesticides

  • Suitable hornet products can be purchased from hardware shops and garden centres.
  • You must first locate the entrance to the hornet nest. Following the flight pattern of returning hornets may help.
  • Treatment should be carried out very early or late in the day when hornet activity is at a minimum.
  • Apply the insecticide to the entrance of the hornet nest, or directly on to the hornet nest if it is visible.
  • Keep well away from the treated hornet nest for at least 24 hours.
  • A pyrethroid ready-to-use aerosol is a convenient way to destroy hornets around a nest. Use protective clothing against hornet stings and treat the hornet nest area after dark.
  • Pesticides and poisons for hornets are available from garden centres and hardware stores for the control of hornets. Read and follow the instructions on the product label precisely. Use only products that state on the label that it may be used to control hornets.
  • Remember, pesticides can be poisonous to children and pets. After use store container and contents away from children, or dispose of empty container safely.

The "Green Option" - Environmentally friendly control of Hornets

  • Hornets eat insects, which are mainly garden or household pests, so therefore consider tolerating the hornets in your garden.
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