How To Get Rid of Wasps and Hornets

Here’s the thing about getting rid of hornets and getting rid of wasps: sure you could do-it-yourself. But with so many individuals critically, even fatally, allergic to wasp and hornet stings, why not just contact Environmental Pest Management? We’ll safely locate the hornet or wasp nests and safely control the problem.

You’ll never have to experience that terrifying figure-eight buzzing around your head, or that fierce, electrifying sting. Although, if you’re reading this, you might have already felt it!

Safely locating the hornet or wasp nest.

The tricky part with wasps and hornets is that their preferred location for a nest is inconvenient. And that’s putting it mildly.

Hornets and wasps can create nests in so many hidden places. Above ground, in nests they’ve manufactured in eaves or behind shutters. In rotted tree stumps or spaces in ceilings or walls, crevices in home siding, protected nooks and hard-to-reach soffits.


Your family starts realizing that every time you walk out the front door, there seem to be two or three buzzing hornets flying figure eights around your head. You become afraid to use the front door. You’re scared to have company over. You’re too concerned to have business clients come to the house. That’s not good for family or business.

They can overwinter in tree bark and rotten logs. Protected nooks. Hornets also like to hide under roof awnings or behind shutters.

They also create nests below ground. They can build in small holes in the ground or field. Their ability to use old rodent burrows means that you might be out in your backyard, playing football or gardening, and you suddenly get stung. Or maybe you’re outside moving a shrub or pulling weeds, and from the mulch comes something that is mad at you.

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Hornets and wasps nests can be hard to find. Wasps and hornets protect their nests fiercely. If they sense a disturbance, they’ll be out guarding their territory. You or someone else experience getting bitten multiple times. But you still can’t find the dang nest!


After all, hornets nests can be in an area as small as a hole in the ground, about the diameter of a pencil. You might see a mound of dirt, but think it’s an ant hill. The only sure sign will be them moving into and out of the hole. They’re most active in the daytime.

And wasp nests can be found hanging from tree branches or play sets. In the crevices of stacked wood, or attached to swing sets. If you know where the nest is, you’re in good shape. Call us. We’ll take care of the rest. If you cannot find the nest, really call us. You want this problem solved. The University of Minnesota Extension Center recommends leaving leaving them alone unless they are bothering you, and then you should seek action.  But how to remove the nest?  That’s a good question.


Removing a Wasp Nest the Wrong Way

For starters, some people think burning it is a good idea. True, the nest is very flammable. But this action will result in angry wasps, agitated wasps, and scattered wasps. Once they’ve calmed down, they’ll rebuild somewhere else. The same way that we would.

And please don’t try using a baseball bat. This is the world’s worst removal option. You will put yourself at direct risk of setting the world’s record for the most bee stings in one setting.

Getting Rid of Wasps the Right Way

Keep children and pets away from the work. Consider your plan and exit strategy carefully.

Use professional products. This is where we can help. We have access to products that are more powerful than the DIY products you can find at your local home improvement store. We’re also trained and qualified to work in tight spaces. We have expert knowledge of hornets behavior and instincts.

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How To Avoid Getting Stung

There are many different types of wasps and hornets. Some species are more aggressive than others. Don’t take your chances.

Wasps and hornets are looking to protect the queen. They’re protecting their nest. So avoid crazy, erratic hand gestures. Avoid agitated movements.

Think of actions and behaviors that move you from calm and disinterest to agitated and afraid. If you’re inside your house and the doorbell rings, you calmly wonder who’s there and if you want to get it. When someone is ringing the doorbell again and again, then repeatedly banging on the door, that’s when your adrenaline surfaces. That’s what happens for hornets.


Wasp and Hornet Nest Removal

If you’ve decided to try to remove the nest, don’t do it during the daytime. If you do, you’re going to need to take many precautions, such as wearing protecting gloves and clothes.

If you’ve found and wanted to spray the nest, you should do so at night. The workers and queen will be present. The workers will be less aggressive. And you want to avoid killing only part of the hive. Workers who weren’t present will return and build a new nest. Do you want to go through this a second time?

So take effective precautions. Do this right.  Avoid shining a bright light at the nest. You can use a red filter on the flashlight.

If you’re going to spray the nest, you’ll want first to don a wasp suit sealed at the wrists, ankles, collar. That’s what we recommend when disposing of a hornet nest. Hornet nests have a single opening, usually toward the bottom, where the wasps enter and exit.

Do not break or tear the paper envelope of the nest. You do not want the angry wasps to scatter and buzz in all directions. Do not stand directly under the nest.

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How to Prevent Wasps or Hornets from Returning:

You need to remove the wasp nest if you can to avoid returning workings and re-infestation. You’ll also want to remove the wasp nest, especially if it resides within your home, such as in an attic or wall. Leaving the wasp nest behind might invite secondary infestations by other pests.

And, finally, after you treat the wasp or hornet nest, you’ll need to continue monitoring the area for wasp activity.


This is One Problem Where You’ll Value Having Called a Professional:

If you or a member of your family has a potentially fatal allergy to wasp and hornet stings, this is a no-brainer. Call Environmental Pest Management at 612-255-2900. But even if you can handle a sting, do you want to risk it?

We’re happy to come and safely eradicate the pest problem. Don’t you have enough to worry about, without wondering if you’ll ever be able to get back to your flowers?