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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:

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

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One word:

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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:

:hornets:

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

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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........:bye2: 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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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. :dunno:
 

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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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Update to my Hornet issue. I considered all of the advice I got here, got quotes from exterminators for $150 and up and continued studying the nest until I came up with a plan,.....that actually worked! Luckily for me, unluckily for them, the rascals built their home where they did, attached to both the lattice hanging on the shed wall and the rungs of the ladder.

I snuck up and retrieved the window I was storing on top of the ladder after dark Saturday evening. Then I backed my truck as close to the shed as possible and left the door open and the engine running. Then I crept back behind the shed at the end of the ladder farthest away from the nest,............and yanked it off of the nails! I was in my truck and rolling away by the time it quit bouncing around on the ground. Effectively ripping the nest in half. I'd bet they were pissed off!

I didn't go back near it until the next evening, and then I was armed with a can of hornet spray in each hand. I simultaneously hosed down both halves of the nest and ran away again. :bye2: By the time I came back for the second photo it had rained quite a bit and the half on the ground had nearly melted away. There was not a sign of any critters hanging around the remnants of their once happy home. No, I do not feel bad for them at all. I was here first and they were uninvited squatters on my property. I have no idea where the survivors may have gone away to, but I am going to be checking the rest of my property and buildings for any other "start up" communities.

Thanks to all who submitted advice. I know I was lucky to get away with what I did, but I have other plans for $150 of my hard earned money. :good2:
 

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did you spray it first to kill those in the nest? If not, you just displaced them and they're just going to find another convenient (for them) place to set-up shop.

My friend had one of those built into the track system of the rear sliding door on his pole barn (rarely used.) The thing was about basketball sized.

We were at his house drinking and decided we were going to do something about it. A combination of wasp spray and flamethrower combined with (3) drunk, laughing adults running around in the yard did the trick. Not the safest method, but at least we made a good time of it.:laugh:
 

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did you spray it first to kill those in the nest? If not, you just displaced them and they're just going to find another convenient (for them) place to set-up shop.

My friend had one of those built into the track system of the rear sliding door on his pole barn (rarely used.) The thing was about basketball sized.

We were at his house drinking and decided we were going to do something about it. A combination of wasp spray and flamethrower combined with (3) drunk, laughing adults running around in the yard did the trick. Not the safest method, but at least we made a good time of it.:laugh:
I'm hoping I might have killed the Queen when I wen back with the spray. There was a wad of them on the half still attached to the wall the next evening and they died, I hope she was in the middle of them. I considered a torch too, but I keep firewood in that shed and I can just imagine how long that would have burned if I'd managed to set the shed on fire. Sounds like you were lucky too!
 

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I'm hoping I might have killed the Queen when I wen back with the spray. There was a wad of them on the half still attached to the wall the next evening and they died, I hope she was in the middle of them. I considered a torch too, but I keep firewood in that shed and I can just imagine how long that would have burned if I'd managed to set the shed on fire. Sounds like you were lucky too!
Ours was on a steel building, so we were in good shape. For the first attack we even made a "bee suit" Think a big hat, leftover window screen and duct tape and you have the basic idea. Did I mention we had been drinking?:lol:
 

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Kraynky...congrats on a successful mission. And most of all that you accomplished this nerve racking task SAFELY!!!

I had a basketball sized yellow jacket nest in one of my holly bushes which was part of my landscaping two feet from the vinyl siding of my house. The nest's access hole was only a couple inches off the ground. So trying to get my hand under there with a can of wasp spray was out of the question...at least without copious amounts of alcohol. :laugh:

SOOOO...what is a hard-headed Sicilian to do? First...relax with a glass of homemade "Dego Red". Now equipped with liquid courage...I snuck up on them with my pickup as close to the nest as I could armed with a can of wasp spray :creep:. Stuck my arm out the half down window and attempted to saturate the nest from the awkward angle I had. Whoa...did that tick them off!!! Brought my arm in VERY quickly and got window up before getting whacked fortunately. I had yellow jackets ALL OVER the outside of my truck...windows, hood, antenna...and they were all staring at me with fire shooting out their eyes. I swear it was a scene right out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I took off down the street, got on the highway and got up to 70 MPH as quickly as I could. Finally after several miles...I saw no more of them on my truck.

Plan B...need more relaxation...so another glass, actually two more glasses of "Dego Red". Now even better equipped with still more liquid courage, I remembered a left over stash of...wait for it...M-80s!!!! :crazy: Yes the real deal!!! Not the wimpy stuff they pass off in the roadside fireworks stands. Soooo...it's now three hours after I hit them with the wasp spray. Cleared the family. Lit the fuze...and with a lot of luck tossed it perfectly directly under the nest. Ran like hell...and BOOM!!! A huge cloud of smoke. After the smoked cleared...literally...no more nest!!! :thumbup1gif: Unfortunately there was no more holly bush either:lol: And the house incurred collateral damage as well with the vinyl siding looking like it took a hit from a 12 gauge shotgun.:unknown:

The whole incident reminded me of a Viagra commercial :lol::lol::lol:

Oh my...not my finest moment,
Mike
 

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^^^^^ Great Story - Thanks for sharing. :laugh::lol:
 
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I just had one about that size on a low hanging branch of my red maple that I didn't discover until the ROPS on my tractor hit the nest as I was mowing around the tree. Got stung about 6-7 times in the head and neck, boy were they pissed! So was I though. Grabbed two cans of raid from the garage and took care of them. I was so mad at that point it wouldn't have matter if I got stung again.
 

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If I can't use gas to burn them out I use glue, the kind that comes in a spray can. The strongest I can find. Get 2 kinds, one that has a stream and one with a cone spray. Glue them suckers right to what ever they are on and glue the hole shut. I even shoot them while they are flying, glue hits the wings, no more flying. I got hit 16 times while mowing one time so I have NO pity. I extract as much pain as I can on them. :hornets: This is my way of dealing with them with a can of glue in hand. Getting stung by them just pisses me off. :rocket: :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh: Revenge is so sweet... :lol:
 

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Spray glue !!!! What a great idea :good2: I never thought of that.

Now I have used spray glue that is a fine mist (cone shape spray) but haven't come across any that spray in a stream. Can you give me idea of brands?.

Oh yeah, I hate hornets, wasps and yellow jackets. Many many years ago, I hit a yellow jacket nest under a RR tie in the yard early one evening. Got stung 28 times, and after running into the house, at least 6 followed me in. Luckily I wasn't allergic. A few weeks ago I got stung by something, not much reaction, but two weeks ago I got stung under my wrist by a yellow jacket, forearm swelled up with a reddened area about 8 inches across. Now I'm getting worried about the next time. So this glue idea sounds interesting.

Oh yeah, did I mention that I hate hornets, wasps and yellow jackets?

Just my 2 cents.
 
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