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    Hornets Nest Removal

    So how do you remove a wasp/hornet nest about 8ft up in a tree that's about the size of a basketball?

    Looking for quick, effective and minimal risk of getting stung.


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    If the tree can tolerate it, I would use a large torch so anything trying to fly out gets its wings burned off. If not, look for the FOAMING wasp & hornet sprays. They seal off the nest with a sticky glob of foam to prevent escapes. (Buy an extra can and do some target practice if you're uncomfortable.) With the liquid sprays, a bee can sometimes follow the stream back toward you. Do everything after dusk, of course...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDSwan87 View Post
    So how do you remove a wasp/hornet nest about 8ft up in a tree that's about the size of a basketball?

    Looking for quick, effective and minimal risk of getting stung.


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    I had this same issue a few weeks ago. I used a 12 gauge shotgun with some buckshot and stood as far away as possible. Those hornets had no idea what was happening, nest gone, hornets gone the next day.
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    rj - I had the same thought, only with smaller shot like #7 or #8 to maximize the collateral damage. From my experience, the soldiers will continue to return to where they remember "home" was, even if it is now blown to smithereens; and they will defend their turf, since they are, afterall, @$$holes.

    There are places in southern Ohio that will remove nests for free in order to collect the venom for research purposes.

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    I had this same issue a few weeks ago. I used a 12 gauge shotgun with some buckshot and stood as far away as possible. Those hornets had no idea what was happening, nest gone, hornets gone the next day.
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    JD, A shotgun with skeet loads, #9 shot, has about 400 pellets and the nest may contain 500-1000 wasps! I'd go with a spray. Wait until dusk/dark and stand directly under the nest so you can spray into the opening. Spray for 3-5 seconds and stand back! From a distance, spray to saturate the nest. Check the nest the next day for "anyone" flying around. If so, repeat spraying process at night. Continue until nothing is flying. Then wait & check daily for a week, THEN safe to knock nest down...but knock it down and run anyhow. Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjpoog1989 View Post
    I had this same issue a few weeks ago. I used a 12 gauge shotgun with some buckshot and stood as far away as possible. Those hornets had no idea what was happening, nest gone, hornets gone the next day.
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    rj - I had the same thought, only with smaller shot like #7 or #8 to maximize the collateral damage. From my experience, the soldiers will continue to return to where they remember "home" was, even if it is now blown to smithereens; and they will defend their turf, since they are, afterall, @$$holes.

    There are places in southern Ohio that will remove nests for free in order to collect the venom for research purposes.

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    While I like the shotgun idea, the nest is located about 20' from the edge of the road.

    As for the free removal for venom, I had no idea that option existed! I did some more specific Google searching and have a call into a local guy. If the free removal doesn't work out, I will borrow my neighbors propane roofing torchdown torch and send it up in flames.

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    One more use for WD40. It will take down wasps. It coats their wings so they can't fly. Found out by accident. I was working on my old Mercury and didn't realize they'd made a nest in the car's fender. When they started to come out of the fender I blasted them with the only thing I had, a can of WD40. It worked, but I've tried those foaming blaster since then. The blasters work better. If you opt for the torch, do it after dark and stick the flame close to the entrance hole. Sticking it into the hole may blow out the flame then you are in trouble. Good Luck and wear thick clothing.
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    Get at least 2 cans of foam. It goes fast. Saturate the nest In the evening when itís nice and cool(er). Leave the nest up a day or two as the spray helps to keep killing any that may have been out and come back. Then shoot it down or something.



    Now me personally i like doing it Iím the middle of the day and video it but I donít suggest that
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    I work construction. I also accidentally found out wd-40 kills wasp but even I wouldnít try it on a whole hornets nest unless it had to be done now and couldnít wait. Wd takes a second to kill them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PikeCoGreenTractorMan View Post
    rj - I had the same thought, only with smaller shot like #7 or #8 to maximize the collateral damage. From my experience, the soldiers will continue to return to where they remember "home" was, even if it is now blown to smithereens; and they will defend their turf, since they are, afterall, @$$holes.

    There are places in southern Ohio that will remove nests for free in order to collect the venom for research purposes.

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    I figured they might come back, but they havenít. Iím sure theyíve relocated, hopefully away from my property.
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