They call themselves Hornets, but in reality, they are wasps. These highly social insects (one of the biggest in nature) have black and white striped head and thorax, which is why they are also called Black Faced Hornets. In some hornets, the markings are brown and yellow toned. Like us, bald-faced hornets can get “easily annoyed” during the summer months and become aggressive. You will find them in substantial nests in spaces inside walls or on trunks of trees.
Need For Controlling Bald Faced Hornets – Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)
Repelling and controlling wasps becomes the only viable option when:
- The temperature continues to be warm throughout the year or winters do not go below freezing. Then the population of black-faced hornets can get out of control. It happens because the adult wasps don’t die and the next summer they reproduce even more rapidly.
- Suppose they nest in an area which is the main thoroughfare of your home or locality. The only way to ensure that no one gets stung is to get rid of the wasps.
- A member of your family, be it child or parent, is allergic to the sting of a bald-faced hornet.
- The infestation is of Africanized bees that can be extremely hostile. In this case, always call a professional to remove the nest.
What’s The Best Policy? Leave ‘Em Alone!
Before we dive into how to get rid of hornets organically, let’s make one thing crystal clear. Leaving wasps alone (if they are not disturbing or harming you) is the best solution. They predate on insects which otherwise might irritate us. Wasps also don’t bother us, if we only go about our own way like walking past their nest. It is particularly when we rile up wasps that they begin to sting us and alert other hornets of the need to rescue using pheromones. So do not attack them or disturb their nest, until it is unavoidable.
Natural Wasp And Hornet Control – Don’t Come Around Here No More
The best policy being said, there is no denying that controlling hornets is the only choice at times. Thankfully, there are millions of tactics to tackle bald-faced hornets naturally. Why use poison and chemical laden substances to eradicate hornets that hurt the environment, beneficial insects and children? Even pets can be in lethal danger from pesticides and insecticides if they eat the poisoned wasps (which are furry little friends invariably will). Employ organic strategies to “repel, redirect, and eradicate wasps” and save money and nature along the way.
Organic Ways To Get Rid Of Wasps – Where Do You Start?
When it comes to natural techniques for controlling black faced hornets, “a holistic approach is best.” Elimination is not the only option you have. Utilize a blend of things to make sure that wasps don’t come around your residence anymore!
Non- Attraction Methods
The most straightforward strategy you can put into practice is to minimize all temptations to bald-faced hornets. When nothing attracts them to your dwelling or backyard, then they won’t nest there. To win the war against wasps do the following:
- Never leave any eatables and drinks outside. If you have a party/lunch/dinner/barbeque in your yard, clean up afterward. Do it immediately after the meal is over. Throw away juices, beer, wine, sodas that are left-over. They are the most prominent invitation to all pests.
- The garbage cans should be tightly closed and kept somewhere isolated and especially “away from patios.”
- Clean the barbeque grill as some wasps love to munch on meat. Since pet food also has meat in it, never leave it lying around. The ideal answer is to give only that much feed to your pet as they “will consume in one sitting.” If this is not possible, then always keep their food bowl in a closed area.
- When going outdoors, even if it is just to weed the garden, avoid wearing strong scents like perfumes and lotions. The sweet fragrance is an invitation to wasps.
- The same applies to garments that are brightly colored. These shades are seen by hornets as food as they are akin to nectar-producing flowers. So, if you’ve got to sit back and relax in your garden, do it in dark toned fabrics.
Quash The Hornets Invitation!
A few more methods to not attract black-faced hornets to your house and garden:
- Remove all rotting fruits from your garden like fallen peaches or apples.
- Pick any berries that have grown in your backyard before they ripen.
- All blooming shrubs and plants growing near the porch should be switched with ornamentals that do not flower.
- If you have a bird feeder, it might be attracting wasps. Remove it and plant flowers for the birds. Sugar water tends to attract hornets more than flora.
- If there is birds nest in the garden, it might be an allure to wasps. Line and attach aluminum foil to the under section of the nest using a staple gun. Alternatively, rub it with a bar of any ordinary soap generously. The soap will repel the pests for an entire season.
- Any place in and around your abode, including all outbuildings, which can become home for wasps should be repaired. Look for
• Loose boards
- If the garden has empty animal burrows, fill them with dirt or rocks immediately. These empty spaces created by spiders/rodents can become homes of swarming wasps. If you cannot fill the burrows, then close the entrance using bowls.
- Get rid of all pests that are a food source to wasps like aphids from your kitchen garden. Utilize natural fertilizers to keep the plants healthy and organic insect repellents to remove scaly creatures.
Scare The Wasps Away
- Transparent bags filled with water and a few pennies have proven to be powerful against many flying pests. Hang Ziplocs around the perimeter of your patio every four feet. Make them conspicuous by ensuring that they catch rays of light. People say that the baggies are taken as scary spider webs by hornets.
- Hanging dummy nests of bald-faced hornets also thwart wasps because the insects do not start a colony within a 200 feet radius of another nest.
Essential Oil To Repel Hornets – You Better Think Twice
Removing all things that incite wasps to your home is one fork of the program. The other path you need to take is averting the insects.
Plants that repel:
Cultivate plants in your garden that are not liked by bald faced hornets. Some of the trees that you can grow to avert hornets are:
Essential oils that repel:
Instead of planting the trees as mentioned above, you can even mix them with water, make a paste of them or use as is. It is the pleasant fragrance of the essential oil in each plant that wards off the bald-faced hornets.
Peppermint: The go-to option to deter wasps, it can be used by dipping cotton balls in the oil and then positioning them all over the residence and yard. Another method to use the oil is to make a “wasp-repellent spray.” Mix one tablespoon of the oil in sixteen ounces of water and then spray it around the home. Instead of water one can also utilize apple cider vinegar. It makes for a stronger repelling spray.
Lemon/Clove: Put fresh lemons cut in half all over the home or whole cloves Use a string to hang them on window frames and doorways. Swap for new lemons when the old one dries. Or you can use lemon essential oil soaked balls as we explained for peppermint. Together, lemon and cloves make it for effective aversion technique.
Cinnamon Oil: Blend “3 tablespoons of essential oil to two cups of water and/or vinegar” and squirt it on windows and other entry points. To make the wasp sprays even more potent add dishwashing soap to it or shampoo that has no scent. You can also apply Geranium, Clove or lemongrass oil instead of cinnamon or peppermint. Their quantity is 3 teaspoons instead of a table.
Bay Leaves: The eugenol and myrcene in the plant discourage bald faced hornets from entering a dwelling. Make bundles of freshly cut leaves and baby branches and string them on all entry points of the home.
Cucumber: any place where you see a wasp flying, dangle a few slices of cucumber. Like lemon, they need to be replaced with fresh slices every few days because it is the acidic property of the juice that deters wasps.
Organic Wasp And Hornet Spray For The Great Big Outdoors
Here are amazing aversion techniques for black-faced hornets that can be employed in your backyards.
Hot pepper: Chop and then boil chili peppers in three cups of water for over 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool down and then spray it in your garden.
Essential oil: When you want to drive away wasps that have already made a home in your backyard, then use a mix of essential oils as explained below. Use the spray every day for seven days and then once in 7 days. In a spray bottle add:
- Vodka – 2cups
- Tea Tree oil – 5 teaspoons
- Citronella oil – 3 teaspoons
- Eucalyptus Oil – 5 teaspoons
- Pennyroyal oil – 5 teaspoons
- Lavender Oil – 1.5 teaspoons
Baby: If the desire is to see wasps “pack their bags and leave,” then sprinkle baby powder in every place they haunt. Be safe from stings while applying it.
Cinnamon: As we said before, cinnamon has essential oils (eugenol) which fends off bald faced hornets. Sprinkling the powder in your garden and around trees where wasps buzz works splendidly. Re-sprinkle the regions once every 7 days.
Hornet’s Nest Organic Control – Waiting For The End
Removing lures and averting black faced hornets are the two techniques you have used up till now. When they are not enough, and the wasp colony is still small, then relocating is the apt solution.
Keep in mind while moving a wasp colony:
- An aerial nest that has just one founding queen and is small in size can be easily relocated.
- Do it during months of May and April.
- Do not try moving a nest that is massive or not reachable.
- The best time for transfer is at night when all the wasps are in the colony and asleep.
- Turn the color of your torch red by applying cellophane. Hornets are unable to see red light.
- Don’t relocate the colony if you are allergic to a wasp sting. Call a professional.
How to relocate a hornet nest?
The two most common methods of colony transfer are:
- Using a cloth or plastic bag to cover the entire nest and then moving it to a new place. The bag generally has a drawstring to close the mouth. You have to perform the task swiftly because the risk of getting stung is high.
- Professionals use a specially crafted vacuum to suck in all the wasps from the nest. These hornets are then sold by them to companies that make venom for immunotherapy.
Control Your Hornet – Fun Ideas
Who says you can’t use unconventional ideas to get rid of bald faced hornets? Pick any of these ideas to get rid of those pesky wasps:
- Dangle a CD in areas where they catch sunrays and a slight breeze. These shiny and moving discs keep black faced hornets away.
- Paint the undersides of balconies and eaves, i.e., soffits, light blue. It will put off wasps from making nests there.
- Apply Vaseline or WD-40 on the spot where there is an empty nest. Hornets will not re-colonize it.
Patience & Caution Will Get You There
Organic and natural ways, there are endless of them to avert or control bald faced hornets. Your task is to be safe and patient while handling them. No matter which one of the technique you appropriate: non-attraction, aversion or relocation take some precautions. Don’t let essential oils touch your skin or eyes as it may cause burns. Be as careful while using chili peppers. Skin irritation should be the last of your worries; the first should be having a well thought out escape route and padded clothes. And lastly, if the wasps are just too touchy, it means the nest runs deep.