If you have a problem with hornets or wasps on your property, it’s important to make sure any removal techniques you use will actually be effective and prevent them from coming back. As a general rule, you should treat the nest as soon as you notice it so the problem does not grow larger.
Here is some information about pest removal in Rochester, NH that will help you get rid of your hornet problem:
- Locate the nest: First and foremost, you need to figure out exactly where all the hornets are coming from. Common nest locations include tree branches, fence posts, play sets, hollow tree trunks, stacked firewood piles, mulched areas and roof awnings. It can help to look for small holes in the ground that have mounds of dirt around the opening—yellow jackets often nest in the ground, which can make their nests harder to spot.
- Determine if they are wasps or bees: If they are bees, you should let them be if possible. Honeybees are at great risk of being wiped out as a species, in large part because they are often confused with wasps, but they are actually quite docile and have lots of benefits as pollinators. If you must remove bees, you should have a beekeeper come and do the job safely and humanely. If the insects have a hairy appearance, they are probably bees, not wasps.
- Know what to do if stung: Getting rid of a hornet’s nest is not easy. Some people are highly allergic to wasp stings, so if you get stung and start experiencing severe symptoms, get medical attention immediately.
- Know how to treat the nest: There are a variety of wasp-killing products you can use to treat nests to make it easier for you to safely remove them. Treat the nest at dusk or dawn, when the bugs will not be as active, and wear long sleeves and gloves. Spray the product all over the nest, making sure to stand away from the nest. Always spray with the wind as best you can.
- Get wasps out of your home when you see them: If you notice wasps in your home, there’s probably not a nest you need to worry about—especially if it’s during the late winter or early spring, when they’re likely to just be searching for warmth. If you’re just seeing one or two at a time, then you can either swat them with a fly swatter or newspaper or you can attempt to flush them out of your home through windows or doors. You don’t need to be worried about the possibility of a nest in your home unless you start seeing many of them inside. At that point, you should more carefully inspect your home or potentially reach out to a pest removal specialist for further assistance.
These are just a few tips that will help alleviate your hornet problem. For more information about how to get rid of hornets, contact Dependable Pest Solutions with your questions about pest removal in Rochester, NH.