Hornets and wasps are known to be some of the most aggressive types of insects you come across. They’re notorious for their vicious bites and stings. They’re definitely not a welcomed guest in your home, especially if you have children living with you.
You’ll certainly want to call a professional pest control service to get rid of them, but the bill that comes with it isn’t worth it for a lot of people.
In addition to that, some of the chemicals used in pesticides can be harmful to your health. Well no worries, you can definitely do it on your own, by following these simple methods down below.
The Difference Between Wasps and Ground Hornets
Before talking about how to get rid of them, let’s get to know these insects better. First of all, what’s the difference between a ground hornet and a wasp?
The main thing to mention is that hornets are actually a type of wasps. There is also the difference in size: hornets tend to be larger in size compared to wasps.
While wasps tend to have a black and yellow coloration, hornets have a more red-ish or orangey-yellow, or other variations that differ from species to another.
Hornets also tend to live in more organized colonies. They tend to build their nest in Attics Treetops Decking Sheds Garages Hollow tree trunks to name a few.
They usually go for raised areas, but ground hornets prefer the soft and protected areas like burrows made by some type of rodent in a field or a garden.
Why Should You Get Rid of Wasps and Ground Hornets
You might’ve been contemplating whether or not to bother at all with eliminating these creatures. After all, insects are everywhere.
The thing with wasps and ground hornets is that they can be a real threat to people with allergies. Their bites can be lethal if not treated immediately and properly.
Other than that, these insects can be a threat even after you squash them dead. When attacked and killed, hornets start releasing a pheromone that attracts other companions leading to aggravating the situation.
Wasps and hornets are also predators, meaning they live of other insects and sources of proteins.
They will definitely attack bees, little beetles, and other beneficial insects that you want around in your garden or outdoor spaces.
How to Get Rid of Ground Hornets and Wasps?
First of all, you need to consider that when it comes to hornets, it’s better to eliminate them all at once.
Leaving any opening will cause for more to come and nest in your home, therefore the process needs to be thorough.
It is recommended to avoid removing the nest during day time. The hornets have bad eyesight during the night, making your task much easier.
This will come in handy in case a few of them escape and try to attack. Since they won’t be able to identify their enemy, you won’t be stung.
One more thing to add though is that protection is important when battling these angry little creatures.
Make sure you have thick gloves, gardening boots, and headcover. Don’t also forget to tape any ends to make sure nothing would get under your clothes.
1. Bait Kits & Meat
Like mentioned before, hornets are predators. They consume proteins in their diet (not exclusively though), which they usually get from other insects. However, using regular fresh meat and bait kit should suffice.
Traps are better used in the spring and summer since hornets change diets in the colder time of the year. You can get the bait online or from any gardening tool shop.
As for the instructions, you need to get the station ready first, and then infuse the insecticide with the meat. Most baiting tools come with instructions, so it shouldn’t be too complicated.
2. Lemon Ammonia
For this method, you will need some plastic knives, and around 2 to 4 gallons of lemon ammonia depending on the scale of the situation.
Next, you have to locate nest for the ground hornets or wasps. Once you find the concerned area, mark them with the plastic knives.
Remember to be as gentle as possible to not trigger any attack, but generally speaking, the hornets are likely to be out hunting. The purpose of this step is to use daylight to find the nest so that it won’t be hard to miss at night. Signs of dryness in your lawn are a common indicator of ground hornets among many others.
At night around 11 pm or after, the hornets and will be sleeping and at the minimum activity. This would mean that it is finally time to eliminate them.
You’ll have to fill a cup with the lemon ammonia and pour it in the nest. Leave the knives in place, to keep the area marked and repeat the same process the day after.
3. Soap and Water
This mix is composed of natural dish soap, laundry soap, and water. Measure ¾ cup of dish soap and laundry soap with one gallon of water.
Wait until the sun is down and pour the mix in the entrance of the nest to drown the wasps.
4. Peppermint Spray
Peppermint essential oil is a natural repellant for wasps and ground hornets. To remove them, you’ll need to pour 30 drops of the essential oil into 2 cups of water and place in a spray bottle.
Like always wait until the night, then spray the mix all over the nest, and make sure you spray the inside too.
This will lock the insects inside the nest and prevent the others from coming inside, and as a bonus point, peppermint will leave a refreshing fragrance.
5. Homemade Trap
This is an easy traditional trapping method. Take a glass bowl large enough to cover the entire ground hornet nest and place on top.
Make sure the bottom is well secure and sealed to make sure none of them escape.
It might take a long while, but after several weeks you will no longer see the hornets moving under the bowl which will indicate that they’ve all died.