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How To Safely Remove Hornet's Nest

From time to time, your home looks so inviting that hornets may decide to build their nests in or around it. For most people, this is a major issue, as hornets possess stingers and become aggressive if they feel threatened. Moreover, a whole nest of hornets presents a dangerous situation if you try to remove or relocate them. This post will go over ways to safely remove hornet’s nests as well as where ideal locations hornets tend to nest.

Queen Bee

When hornets are deciding where to nest, they look for sheltered areas. This means places such as trees, in tree like shrubs, or crevices in nature. Unfortunately, human homes typically come with sheltered areas, crevices, and other protected pockets that make for perfect shelter. If you know your home has areas like similar to the ones described, consider checking them often.

A hornet’s nest typically appears as either a big blob of mud and paper or in a cone-like shape. They also feature hornets if you come by at the wrong time of day. Typically hornets are active during the day and rest in the nest at night. Within the nest, the queen and her eggs are safely guarded.


Before you attempt to remove a hornet’s nest, take a few precautions. As mentioned earlier, hornets possess stingers, so wearing proper clothing is essential. Dressing in thick clothing that covers the entirety of the body, leaving no skin exposed, is the safest way to go about it. Included in the clothing should be something to protect the eyes, such as goggles.

Once you’ve secured your body, you may approach the nest. Since the hornets are most active in the day, and the object is to eliminate the hornets and the nest, it is best to attack in the evening hours. From a distance, spray the nest with an insecticide, making sure there is ample room to run if the hornets become aggressive.

If you choose an alternate route, meaning you do not want to use a sprayable insecticide, be aware of your surroundings. Remember that if the hornets attach the nest to your home, any physical damage done to the nest may affect your home. In other words, do not charge the nest with a blunt object expecting yourself to be able to home run swing the nest off your home. Homeowners insurance will not cover or reimburse damage caused during removal, especially if you attempt it on your own.

Bag it & Toss it

A few hours after spraying the nest, give it a poke to see if any hornets are still active. Hopefully the insecticide did its job and nothing will sting you as your remove the nest. Even if no hornets are alive and active after you spray the nest, you should still dispose of the nest. Other hornets may take up residence in an empty nest, so removing it is important. In order to dispose of a nest properly, place it in a heavy duty garbage bag, seal it, and toss it.

Call A Professional

Some nests may be to large, or you may not be equipped to remove a nest on your own. Luckily, there are professionals who can help remove hornets nests for a fee. The costs involved with removing a nest vary depending on the size and location of the nest. The bigger a nest is and/or how easily or difficult reaching the nest is for the exterminator. Regardless of price, it is worth taking care of this type of problem before someone is harmed.

Take Home Message

The exact components that make a human home safe are the exact same components that hornets seek when deciding where to nest. Sometimes hornets find a nice crevice in your home and take up residence. Removing them can be a hassle, and any removal required patience and vigilance. For those who do not feel comfortable removing a nest, call a professional.

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