Once you have located your wasp nest and established that it is an active nest, take a look at our page which describes the treatment used to destroy both wasp and hornet nests and will give you an idea of what to expect when a pest controller arrives at your door and how he will get rid of your wasps.
Locate bee or yellowjacket nest entrance holes, in the same manner as . The difference in eliminating stinging pests in voids is thatonly one dust is necessary and you will need a small tool to do the jobproperly.
Once the entrance holes have been located, inject into the holes with the use of a . Any crack, crevice or small opening in the general area of theentrance holes should also be treated. Just as in lawn colony elimination,this job should be done just before dark when bee activity has stopped but thereis just enough light for you to see to work. If work must be done afterdark, the use of a flashlight might backfire. Any emerging pests can beattracted to the light source. If a light must be used, cover a flashlightlens with red transparent material. This red light will not be as brightas white light but it offers you extra protection. Insects do not see wellinto the red spectrum of light.
After thoroughly dusting all possible holes, wait two to three days to examinethe situation. If there are any living bees, wasps or hornets remainingafter this time period, reapply your Drione Dust. Two to threeapplications might be necessary for large nests.
The best yellowjacket elimination job starts with locating any possibleentry points leading to the nest. This is true of ground nests as well aswall nests. It is best to locate these entrance holes during the afternoonhours. During this time period, the workers are easily seen as they foragefor food and return to their home. To create a safer environment foryellowjacket extermination, place a small object close to the entrance hole sothat it is easily seen. This is very important, as you will see in thesecond step of the operation. If you can see entrance holes, go to the . If you are unable to pinpoint theexact location of the colony's entrance, it might be due to grass, weeds, groundcover or landscaping. In this case, it might be necessary to the general area with a professional liquid insecticide, using your hose endsprayer. A pump type garden sprayer is not suggested for this job. Eliminating yellowjackets, bees in a wall void or other such above ground nest,follow the guidelines in .
broadcast treating an area, there are twopesticides that work better than others: Cypermethrin and Talstar. Both ofthese products are synthetic pyrethrins that are safer to use than Dursban,Diazinon or other harsh products. These two products are also far betterin performance. Yellowjackets, wasps and hornets do not like Cypermethrin!
Pour 4 to 8 ounces of Cypermethrin insecticide concentrate into your hose endsprayer. Attach your sprayer to a garden hose. You may now safelyspray your pesticide solution over the entire area. Begin with fencelines, flower beds, tall grass or weeds, or any area where you suspectyellowjackets to forage or where possible entrances to their colony could be. If there is not too much flying insect activity, you can broadcast your liquidinsecticide during daylight hours. Watch your step! The power ofyour garden hose sprayer will give you the reach and distance needed to do thejob but you should still be on the lookout for yellowjackets and their colonyentrance holes. After your Cypermethrin treatment, you may go on to the .
a nest or colony entrance has been located andmarked, you will be able to apply your pest control products in the correctarea. However, do not attempt to eliminate an active yellowjacket nest inthe middle of the day. This is very dangerous as it invites multiplestinging workers to your exposed face and skin.
The best time to do this pest control job is at dusk. During this time youwill have some visibility but the insects will be settling down for the day. Wasps, bees, hornets, yellowjackets prefer to rest at dark. This gives youtwo distinct advantages:
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Insects like bees, wasps, hornets and scorpions belong to the family of stinging pests. The sting of bees, wasps and hornets are not only painful but also result in allergic reactions. In extreme cases it might also hamper breathing while others may experience numbness and convulsion
We always recommend you call at the first signs that you have a nest in or near your home. Give us a call today to speak with one of our technicians about identifying which type of wasp or bee you have in your home and the best course of action for you and your home.
Chemical pesticides should be used as a control method of last resort for any insect pest. But in this case, the safest method of eradicating paper wasps in a problem area is, indeed, with a commercial wasp spray. Look for a product labeled for use on wasps and hornets, and remember, the label is the law. You must read the label and follow all directions for using any pesticide product.
Hornets are among the few insects that make professional exterminators nervous. They are fiercely aggressive and will literally attack a person for "just looking at them funny." When the sentries see something that they think is a threat, they will signal the rest of the colony; and almost all the colony's members will immediately emerge en masse and zone in on the individual or animal who had the audacity to get too close to their nest. The resulting stings are excruciatingly painful, and multiple stings inflicted during such an attack can require medical attention even for a person who is not allergic to insects stings.
Baldfaced hornets are among the most aggressive of all wasps found in Texas. These stocky insects are predominantly black with white or pale yellow markings, and build paper nests that can contain hundreds or thousands of individual hornets. At any given time, two or three hornets are stationed outside the nest to watch for threats to the colony. We call these hornets "sentries" because it's their job to stand watch over the colony.
Long story short: Don't attempt to exterminate baldfaced hornets by yourself. Hornet removal is not a do-it-yourself kind of job. Even professional exterminators treat these aggressive wasps with respect, and so should you.
Be sure to check the nest the next day for any signs of wasp activity. Before you remove a nest, you must be sure that no workers survived the pesticide application. Wasp sprays kill on contact. Wasps that were absent from the nest at the time you sprayed may return to the nest site. If you don't observe live wasps near the nest, use a broom or other long-handled tool to knock it down. Dispose of the nest properly. I recommend placing the nest in a sealed baggie and placing it in your household trash.
If a nest is located near an entrance to your home, or by a porch or deck where you spend a lot of time, you may need to take action to control paper wasps. Check eaves, shutters, and other high traffic areas in your yard early in the spring, when paper wasp queens are first building their nests. If you find a nest before the first generation of workers have reached adulthood, you can simply knock the nest down with a broom to discourage the queen from nesting in that location.