How to Get Wasps And Hornets to "Buzz Off" and Keep Them Away
Feared by many, and for good reason, wasps and hornets construct nests which reach their maximum size at the end of summer. The sheer size of wasp and hornet nests is part of what makes them such a feared insect, since, when provoked, they are known to aggressively attack in large swarms. There are a few things homeowners can do to eliminate current, and prevent future, wasp and hornet problems before they have the chance to ruin your outdoor summer activities.
The first step you’ll want to take in eliminating a wasp or hornet nest is to arm yourself with a can of TERRO® Wasp & Hornet Killer. Wear protective gear while spraying the nest either at sunrise or dusk, which is when these insects are least active. Coat the nest completely with this foaming spray and wait 24 hours before removing the nest. After removing it, place the nest in a plastic bag and dispose of it in the trash.
Now we’ve got some bad news, but we’ll start with the good news first. The good news is that you got rid of the nest – way to go! The bad news is that surviving wasps and hornets, ones who were away from the nest during the elimination process, will return to areas where their nest was previously located. As such, you may want to consider changing the look of the area, which will help to keep these insects from recognizing their former homes. Some homeowners will even go so far as to hang a faux nest, which will deceive the scouts into thinking it is a nest that has already been claimed. Another preventative measure you can take to make sure you keep wasps and hornets away is to remove nearby food sources, such as pet food and garbage. Keep pet food stored in containers and keep garbage can lids secured.
At last you can enjoy your outdoor space this summer without having to cower in fear from wasps and hornets buzzing around.