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Unread 05-13-2010, 08:08 AM
 
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Default How to remove a hornet's nest?

I hate to kill them- I can see a mom and two kids but the dad (who was huge) was home yesterday and stung the heck out of me. Their nest is in an area that I can't avoid too. Any advice?
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Unread 05-13-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: 78747
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Spray it with Wasp Killer and then run off like a little pansy. That's what I always do. The spray is high powered, and travel about 5-10 ft.

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Unread 05-13-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: The Woo
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http://www.wii60.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/flamethrower-754684.JPG (broken link)
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Unread 05-13-2010, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Why do you hate to move them? I second the 20 foot wasp spray and then removing the nest. Trust me, there will be more! (In the interests of full disclosure, I do this with all nests around my house and barn as soon as they start building, due to having to carry an epipen with me just in case I get stung.)

With most critters that can sting/bite (snakes), I have a live and let live relationship - but if they move into my house/territory, it's my house, my rules, and you don't get to stay here if you trespass. Having a dog and a horse rattlesnake bit may have contributed to that attitude, as well.

I love wildlife, but that doesn't mean I don't respect that it's not safe to live cheek by jowl with it.
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Unread 05-13-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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I'm practicly becomming a jainist as I get older, but I think this bunch is going to have to go today! Thanks for the help!
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Unread 05-13-2010, 10:47 AM
 
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I've always found a very long stick, bat it, then run like hell.

lol @ at torching picture!!

And I think I'll get some of that spray suggested too. (we have the wasps as well)
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Unread 05-13-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Austin Texas
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Start charging rent! Lol
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Unread 05-13-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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call an exterminator--
hornets can sting like nothing else--worse than any yellow jacket...
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Unread 05-13-2010, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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I'm practicly becomming a jainist as I get older, but I think this bunch is going to have to go today! Thanks for the help!
I understand where you are coming from. If a snake or a spider or even a fly gets into/around my home I do my best to coax it back out into the wild. I figure that the animal doesn't really want to be there anyway, and would be happy to move out if someone would just show them the way.

Wasps and hornets however are different. That nest is their home. They are not lost. They are an invading army, and I kill them with impunity. And this is despite the fact that I am not allergic at all to wasps, so when I get stung by them, I barely notice it. But my guests (and my boyfriend) are allergic, not to mention possibly children in the neighborhood, and if you allow that one nest to stand, by the end of the summer your house will be more wasp nest than wood and shingles.

It sucks, but I second the flame thrower option. If you know how to make napalm out of the household chemicals beneath your sink, then I would go that route instead.
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Unread 05-13-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Spray it with Wasp Killer and then run off like a little pansy. That's what I always do. The spray is high powered, and travel about 5-10 ft.
This is the safest route, it stuns the wasps so they can't take after you. They fall to the ground where you can put them out of their misery, then use a broomstick to knock the nest down so they don't come back.
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