How To Get Rid of Wasps, Yellow Jackets And Hornets

Finding a wasp, yellow jacket, bees or hornet nest in or around your home isn’t a nice surprise. Getting rid of the nest can be a painful experience. Here in the Pacific Northwest, stinging insects are quite common. So, it is important to have a few tricks to prepare for the eventuality of finding wasps after they have come into your house.  And once you get the insects out, it’s even more important that they don’t get back in. 

The easiest way to prevent wasps, etc. getting into your home is to keep your windows and doors shut. But, you will have to open them eventually. Wasps, Yellow Jackets and other stingy insects, like to build their nests in areas that protect the nests from rain, heat, and other weather. And your window frames, eaves,, and overhangs are perfect for them. And these insects are masters of exploiting the smallest opening into your home. Even window screens don’t keep them out if there is a crack around the edge big enough for one. 

Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are quite clever and will colonize in some unpredictable places. They will find a tiny crack and build a colony under your siding. These insects may enter your home through the attic. Attics are dark, provide protection from the elements, and have openings through your attic vents. They can build large colonies in the attic and you may not even know that they are there. These insects may also find other vents, like laundry or bathroom vents. They may even build nests in your fireplace chimney over the summer. When you find them, you need to get them out fast. They do not like to be disturbed and their stings will hurt.

Before you decide how to rid your home of your stinging insects and their nests, you need to know what you’re dealing with. There are differences between wasps, hornets, bees and yellow jackets. The main difference is size. Wasps and bees tend to be smaller insects. Yellow Jackets are often small, highly aggressive, black-and-yellow wasps. Hornets are larger than wasps and bees. Hornets are roughly one to one and a half inches long. Bees are great pollinators for plants and should be relocated by a beekeeper. Wasps and hornets will feed on other insects like bees and flies.

Getting Rid Of Your Pests

While it’s possible to get rid of wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets, etc. on your own, they aren’t going to be happy about it. They can be dangerous, especially in large numbers. Most of the time, it’s best to call a professional, like Guardian Pest Control Services, to help. There are bee keepers that will relocate your bees and sometimes just for the future honey.  Of course, if you are allergic to wasp or bee stings, leave the nests or colony alone and call Guardian Pest Control as soon as possible. If you want to try to remove a small, individual nest, you need to make sure that you have an effective plan to remove them from your house and prevent them from coming back.

How to treat a wasp nest:

  1. Wear appropriate clothing, like long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, closed-toe shoes, gloves, and glasses or goggles to protect your eyes. 
  2. If your nest is inside and accessible, use your vacuum to remove as many insects, Use the crevice tool attachment to go over any tight spaces or cracks. They like to hide in tiny spaces.
  3. Eradicate the infestation. There are several different methods to treating your insect nest. 
    1. Nest drenching: Use an insecticide specifically formulated for wasps and flying insects. Completely saturate the nest heavily in the solution. You can find either hand-held sprays or a spray with a long nozzle in most grocery or hardware stores. Be aware of  wasps flying out of the nest and spray each as they emerge. 
    2. Nest dusting: This method uses a powder or dust insecticide that covers the nest. The dust will eventually kill the wasp colony. Nest dusting isn’t as effective as nest drenching but is a safer option. But, it may take several applications and could take weeks before the entire nest is killed.
    3. Wasp trap: If you want to avoid using insecticide, you can make a wasp trap using a two-liter soda bottle. Cut the bottle around the neck  just below the taper with a utility knife or heavy scissors. Place bait, like lunch meat or honey, at the bottom of the bottle. Fill the cap with vinegar and place that at the bottom to discourage those helpful bees. Cover the top with the upper part of the bottle, flipped upside down into the bottom part of the bottle, so your wasps can get in, but can’t fly out.

Once your insect’s nest has been treated and you are reasonably sure all the insects are dead, you’ll need to remove the nest.  First, you;ll want to approach the nest slowly and quietly at night time. Take a garbage bag and slowly cover the wasp nest. Gently, remove the nest from the tree or wall it is attached to and quickly seal the bag. Then, place the garbage bag in an outside garbage can that has a tightly fitted lid.

Preventing Nests

Your next step is to keep those wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets away from your home. Planting strong-smelling herbs (spearmint, thyme, citronella, and eucalyptus, etc.) around your yard, on your patio, or near any windows can deter flying insects from seeing your home as their home. 

You can use the same strong plants or essential oils to create a flying insect repellent spray. For example, mixing 1 teaspoon clove oil, 1 teaspoon lemongrass oil, 1 teaspoon geranium essential oil, and 6 cups of water in a spray bottle. Then spray the mixture onto the nest at night when the wasps are less active. Spray the nest daily until the wasps abandon their nest building. Another recipe calls for lemon extract, which you can find in your grocery store, and water. 

In addition, deterring flying insects from hanging around your home, you must determine how they are getting into your home and prevent this from happening. You should make a full inspection of your home’s exterior and seal any cracks and crevices wirth silicone caulking. inspect the attic and crawlspace and seal vents with fine wire mesh. You should also remove any debris, leaves, standing water and food sources from your yard.  Or, you can have Guarding Pest Control complete a full inspection and take care of your pest problems for you.

What Guardian Home Pest Control Will Do for You

When you hire our pest control services, our team of professionals use a tried and trusted approach to remove the threat permanently.

  • Inspection: It isn’t enough to locate the pests, it is essential to understand why they are coming into your home. For example, Carpenter Ants love wet wood. In the case of rodents, we determine the different ways they get in and devise a strategy to keep them out!
  • Exclusion: One of the best ways to keep pests out of your home is by addressing any minor damage to key entry points. When dealing with mice, for instance, we look for the gaps they use to come in and seal them or lay traps.
  • Exterminate: We only embark on full extermination when we are 100% sure that it will be successful.
  • Prevention: While other pest control services in Seattle are content to do the bare minimum, Guardian Home enjoys going the extra mile for our customers. Once our exterminator has done his job, the next step is to set up an external barrier to ensure you never have to contend with those pests again.

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