Bald Faced Hornets rarely do damage to humans. It is when we disturb them that they pick up arms and go to battle. Unfortunately, we love our space and do not like anyone infringing upon it, even wasps, who love to build their nests right where we enjoy spending time. Come May and with it spring the queen of these white and black striped hornets meander their way into homes in the quest for a place to start a colony. Arrive late summer or start of fall the wasps squeeze their way inside to look for sugar-rich foods.
Do Hornets Nest In Attics?
If you notice adult wasps flying to and fro in your home, it means there is a hornet colony close-by. Most bald faced hornets begin to create a nest by “scraping a thin layer of wood from” anything that is wooden. It can be:
- A fence
- A log
- House Wall
- An unpainted side of a wooden building
The hornets eat through the insulation or the wood of an attic to gain entry into a dwelling.
How To Look For Hornet Infestation In Attic?
Chances are a cursory glance will locate the nest in the attic because they mostly build it on the rafters. If this fails, create a food lure for the wasps. When they come to collect the food to bring back to the colony merely follow the path the black faced hornet takes. It should help you track the wasp home which would have a papery appearance. The look is designed by the use of chewed up wood pulp and hornet saliva. If you use a binocular (this will prevent the need to get too close), you might be able to see a tiny opening – their doorway- at the bottom of the nest.
Why Choose Attics As A Home?
Once the queen hornet is impregnated, it looks for a place that is safe to hibernate during winters. It will cocoon itself till spring arrives. As the temperature rises, the queen will begin constructing a new nest and then lay eggs. Attics and the eaves surrounding it make for specially protected spots. It is why bald faced hornet nests are found in this location.
Hornets Nest Removal From Attic In Winter – Let The Games Begin!
Removing a bald faced infestation from an attic is not an easy task. Foggers, dust, and spray don’t usually reach the soaring heights of attic rafters. But have heart; there are still some practical methods of curing a wasp problem.
Nest is beginning:
A small issue is easier to solve than a big one. The same applies to bald faced infestation in an attic. The fittest answer is to treat the nest as soon as it starts building. So keep an eye out for stray flying hornets. Inspect your home, attic, and backyard periodically.
Nest is empty:
Use and throw is the policy hornets use when it comes to nest. “Once the spring and summer cycle is complete” they will leave the colony and not return to it. Wait till summer ends, or autumn is beginning, the wasp will vacate the colony at this point. Then remove the empty nest using the handle of a broom.
One Hornet Removal
It is not necessary that a single hornet equates to a whole nest nearby. On occasion, a random bald faced hornet may fly indoors. To remove this single wasp use:
- Rolled up newspaper
- Fly Swatter
Before you squash the wasp have a 100% guarantee that there are no nests close at hand. Crushing a black-faced hornet releases a chemical that alerts other wasps and they begin to attack. If there is a colony “hidden in the attic” you may end up besieged.
Use this low-risk technique if the wasps just appear after hibernating time is over. They will be sluggish and slow. You will see them sitting on windows found in the attics. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck in all the hornets. Leave the vacuum bag for a few days and the wasps will die due to dehydration, though odds are most will be killed off by the sucking motion of the gadget. Dispose off the bag when full.
Take any store-bought vacuum cleaner and fill the bag with soapy water. Now find the point in the attic where the wasps to and fro from and use the cleaner there. As the hornets get sucked into the vacuum, they will drown and die off. For maximum effectiveness, leave the vacuum cleaner on near the nest.
When the bald faced hornet infestation is small, then an easy way to manage is “a pressurized spray bottle.” Buy the bottle and fill it water. Add two to three drops of dishwashing soap and mix. Spray the solution on any hornet you see. The detergent coats the wings of the wasps and prevents them from flying.
The essential oil present in peppermint deters hornets as they do not like the smell of it. Spraying or applying the oil on attics, windows, doorways, etc. is an excellent method to repel bald faced hornets.
Take an empty and washed two-liter soda bottle. Cut the neck of it, invert it and place it back on the bottle to form a funnel. Attach the two cut parts using staples and then hang a piece of raw meat inside it. Use a string. Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and one drop of dish wash into the bottle. Dangle the entire trap near the region you saw wasps. The hornet will fly in to eat the meat and then drown in the vinegar. This tactic is best practiced to capture queens when spring is just beginning.
To trap black faced hornets that have taken over your attic, take a bucket and then fill it with:
- Acetic Acid
- Sugar Water
- Mild Dish Wash – a small amount
Place the pail right under the nest. The wasps will drown in the trap which they take as a food source.
Chemical powders can be sprinkled on the nest, near it and at the entry point. The wasps will eat the dust and take some of it back into the colony for the queen and other workers. Neglect the nest for a few days so as to give the chemical time to take effect. Re-sprinkle the powder after some time to eradicate any remaining bald faced hornet.
Any “hard surface cleaning liquid” spray can also be employed to control hornet population in attics. They are easily found in any household and are not as toxic as other chemical options. Though cleaning liquids annihilate some wasps, they are more effective in slowing them down which makes it more manageable to trap them.
Hornet Nest Spray For Attic – Let’s Get Cracking!
Spraying a hornet nest with an insecticide is another strategy of removal. The first two weeks of April are the optimum time to spray nests, soffits of homes and attics. Scout the whole property for any nests that are just forming, they are easy to remove at this stage. The colony will only have one queen, and some eggs and it will look somewhat like a “ping pong ball.” Waiting for summer to handle the nest is not advised as the colony will most definitely “grow to the size of a basketball.” Repeat the insecticide treatment as you welcome fall to eliminate any leftover wasps.
How to Use An Insecticide Spray To Kill Hornets?
- At dawn or dusk is the best time to use the chemical as most hornets are in the colony and dead asleep.
- If the nest is small, spray it down with a water hose.
- If the nest is significant, use an “insecticide foam spray.”
- Soak the nest and then leave it for some time. Reapply the insecticide to exterminate just hatched wasps at an interval of 24 to 48 hours. It will also kill off any bald faced hornets that return to the nest after foraging.
- After a few days have gone by with the colony remaining in situ, all hornets will be dead. Remove the nest now.
Instead of using a foaming insecticide, you can also utilize an aerosol can to remove all black faced hornets. Aerosol insecticides can be obtained at any home improvement store. Keep the following in mind:
- The can should have a range of 4.6 to 6.1 meters, i.e., it must be able to create “a solid stream” that reaches the length of at least 15 ft and at max 20.
- The distance will ensure that you don’t need to get too close to administer the chemical.
- It is should be pressurized and meant for wasps and hornets.
There are days when we are too lazy to go to a garden centre and buy an insecticide. For such instances, a hairspray will do the trick. The chemical in hair sprays covers the wings of bald faced hornets and stops them from flying. You can trap these fallen wasps and then dispose of them. Some sprays are strong enough to kill the pests. The only drawback is that you have to get as close as possible to the hornet for the hair spray to work.
How To Get Rid Of Hornets Nest In Attic – The Final Touchdown
There are two more methods to clear your attic of these zebra-like striped insects.
Hornet Bomb For Attic
There are wasp killing bombs available in the market. They work suitable when you can completely seal the attic. This would include:
- Taping down all exterior opening with plastic.
- Covering vents with enormous trash bags.
- Toss the bombs in the attic and lead them work magic.
- Remember to evacuate the whole house for some hours. This means your furry friend too!
Pest Control Professional
When DIY is not what you have in mind, think of calling a pest control personnel. They will be able to recognize every bald faced hornet nests, kill the wasps and then remove the nest. Hiring professionals is an easy and foolproof way of saying goodbye to black faced hornets.
When To Make The Call?
- When you are allergic to the sting of hornets.
- When the nest is too high in the attic, and you can’t reach it. Do not use a ladder to treat it on your own. You might fall if the wasps attack and end up with a nasty injury.
Give Bald Faced Hornets The Red Light!
When we say red light, we mean stop them from constructing their home in your home. Preventing wasp colonies can be done by:
- Repaint all nesting regions especially the attic.
- Seal any cracks, holes, gaps, and crevices in the attic. Double check the gable vents. Use silicone or caulk to close them.
- Cover windows and doors with a screen.
- Keep a tight lid on all garbage cans.
- Do not leave fruity drinks or food that is full of protein or sugar outside.
- Repair all leaks in your residence. Check water hoses and fixtures for stray drops.
- If there are any empty burrows nearby fill them in with soil or rocks, else they make great nests for hornets.
- Dangle along the attic anything that catches sunbeams like small mirrors, CD or mobiles.
- Buy an artificial nest and attach it to the attic. Hornets are territorial, and they will not build a colony where there is one already present.
Better Safe Than Sorry
Precautions keep you safe from foolish mistakes. Bear in mind to never be underneath a hornet nest when treating it. Stand as far as possible while spraying and always check the wind. You have to work with it, “not against it.” The aim should be the entrance of the wasp home. Use a binocular, as we mentioned above, to locate the doorway. Then squirt the insecticide on it for 5 – 10 seconds.
Additional Safety Measures
- Thoroughly read the instructions given on the insecticide before use.
- Flooding or burning the nest is not to be done at any cost. The bald faced hornets will become hostile, attack you and the house.
- Always have a companion when removing a wasp colony.
- Both buddies should have escape routes planned out. They will be needed to make a hasty exit if the hornets begin to swarm.
- Wear protective clothing that provides padding and no gaps for bald faced hornets to touch the skin. Long sleeves closed using a rubber band or tape, leather/ rubber gloves, pants tucked in boots, a net veil and thick coveralls are the perfect garbs.
- “2 hours after dusk” is the ideal time to treat wasp nests. They are least active when it is dark outside and easy to kill or trap.
- If you need light to locate the wasp home in the dark use a torch covered with red cellophane. It will turn the color red which black faced hornet cannot see.
- Sugar-based baits are best for yellow jackets and bees, not black faced hornets.
The End Of the Hornet Skirmish
Attics are like safety blankets for bald faced hornets. For us, removing the nest from such lofty heights is like a battle. It needs careful planning, patience, no fear of heights and not to forget the courage to brave the stings. But once you use any of the hornet killing methods described above, the end of the skirmish is near. The last and final step of the journey is to clean the base from where the nest was hanging. Use an enzyme cleaner to get rid of any leftover pheromones that may act as an invitation to future bald faced hornet queens.