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    Hornets - They need to GO!

    I've searched here for advice in old threads and didn't see much information so I'm going to ask; What's the best (safest) way to get rid of a hornets nest?

    I was backing a borrowed skid loader under my shed roof due to some upcoming storms and heard a low humming noise after I shut it off. My first thought was yellowjackets, but I didn't see anything buzzing around. I kept searching until I discovered this nasty nest on the back side of the shed. And THEN I saw the buzzing around! About 4' from the ground I saw the nest. I took this photo a couple of hours later, after they had calmed down a bit.

    If I wait until dark and hose the entrance with spray, do they have a "back door" they can sneak out of and get me? I thought about shooting some "Great Stuff" foam in the opening and then torching it, but I don't want to set my shed on fire either.

    Anybody done this before?
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    night time all hornets go back to the nest until daylight. if you blast then you will get all of them!!!!

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    I had a nest like that on the back of my boat (stored in yard) a couple of years ago. Being allergic to bees I called a local Beekeeper. He came over with a box and vacuum cleaner and vacuumed up the bees in a few minutes. I do not remember the cost but it was a very nominal fee. Beats fires , sprays and a lot of aggravation. Good luck

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    Regular ol' Wasp & Hornet spray will do it. You might need 2 cans to saturate that one. After dark shouldn't be a problem.
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    I just had the exterminator out tog or yellow jackets yesterday. They found two places where the mortar had come out of the space between two blocks in the foundation. He used foaming termite spray to fill the cavities. He said it was most important to kill the queen and the nest. Any workers will die without a nest to come back to.

    I like to use carb cleaner and brake cleaner to knock them out of the air. Even starting fluid is good to kill them. Any hornet or wasp spray will take care of it.


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    get someone else to kill 'em. $100 < cost of trip to emergency room. Otherwise, this is you 3 seconds before you this learn this the hard way:



    You can also get a bee keeper suite, I know one person that did that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eepete View Post
    One word:

    OUTSOURCE

    get someone else to kill 'em. $100 < cost of trip to emergency room. Otherwise, this is you 3 seconds before you this learn this the hard way:



    You can also get a bee keeper suite, I know one person that did that.

    - pete
    LOL! That's pretty funny! We had stormy weather that last couple of evenings that stopped me from trying anything. I'm going to call around to get some pricing before I just start spraying them. I've never been stung by a hornet........and don't wan'na ever! I am slightly allergic to yellow jackets too. A few of them got on me years ago and I had to load up with Benadryl to get the swelling down. One hit me between my pinky and ring fingers and my whole forearm swelled up. (maybe a bit more than slightly allergic)

    The foaming spray looks like it would kill anything trying to exit, thus my question wondering if they had a "back door" to those nests. I thought about just dumping a can of the foam in there and running........ But being in my mid 50's, I don't really run so fast anymore.

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    Had hornets make a nest in my soffit earlier this summer. I could not see the nest, only the entrance/exit point. Tried
    about 4 cans of spray, foaming, non-foaming with little success. Then I found a suggestion on the web to use carbaryl dust/powder.
    That is the active ingredient in the common pesticide Sevin. The article also talked about using a piece of plastic tubing
    filled with the powder and blown into the nest using an air compressor. I taped the tubing to my roof rake pole, about 9 feet long,
    filled it with about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of powder and shot it into the hole with the compressor. Reloaded and hit it 2 more times.
    Next day saw 2 or 3 hornets but by the 4th day they were gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbussell View Post
    Had hornets make a nest in my soffit earlier this summer. I could not see the nest, only the entrance/exit point. Tried
    about 4 cans of spray, foaming, non-foaming with little success. Then I found a suggestion on the web to use carbaryl dust/powder.
    That is the active ingredient in the common pesticide Sevin. The article also talked about using a piece of plastic tubing
    filled with the powder and blown into the nest using an air compressor. I taped the tubing to my roof rake pole, about 9 feet long,
    filled it with about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of powder and shot it into the hole with the compressor. Reloaded and hit it 2 more times.
    Next day saw 2 or 3 hornets but by the 4th day they were gone.
    Now that's pretty creative! I just got one quote from a local exterminator that said they start at $150 for a hornets nest. Ouch! I just filled my propane tank for the winter and can't swing that right now.

    I do have a big bag of Sevin dust, a hose and compressor. I'm going to study on that one. A fellow here at work suggested waiting until dark and then knocking the ladder off of it's nails, tearing the nest from the wall (and running back I the house of course), hoping by the next evening I can torch it while it's on the ground, or cover it with some foaming bug spray. I'm still studying on that one too.

    It may frost by the time I decide what I'm going to do with it.

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    Here's a link to the article - Yellow Jacket Wasps: How To Get Rid of Them | eBay
    It's old, but really worked for me. Researching the use of Sevin, it seems the powder sticks to the wasps and gets brought back
    to the nest and gets the rest of them. Good luck.
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