Quick Ways to Kill a Hornet in the Home
August 20, 2015
Updated June 2021
No matter how much you like hosting, no one enjoys a hornet in the home. That is because once a hornet has gotten inside of your house, it often buzzes around frustrated and angry, and puts you at risk of stings. Yet trying to kill the hornet safely can be difficult. Here are some quick strategies that work.
Hornet Killing Strategies
- Chemical Spray: The easiest solution is to simply use a wasp-killing spray available in most grocery stores. They’re not everyone’s favorite because the spray is very poisonous, and some people leave the house after they spray to avoid breathing in the chemicals. Nevertheless, it is an effective option.
- Windex: Another chemical option – although one that is much less toxic to humans and available all around the home – is Windex. Windex is very effective for killing most types of bugs inside of the home. It’s a bit less effective on Wasps for some reason, but many will die and those that do not will be slowed enough that you can easily trap them or slap them.
- Hair Spray: If you are comfortable getting near a wasp to kill it/trap it, you can also try hair spray. Hair spray covers a Wasp’s wings making flying impossible so that you can kill the wasp or trap it easily. Some hair sprays will kill the wasp on their own.
- A Soap Solution: You can make your own easy wasp-killing mix with 1 tablespoon of dish soap combined with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Simply shake and spray. It should die within 10 to 15 minutes.
- Hit It: Not particularly afraid of the hornet? Go ahead and grab a shoe, fly swatter, or rolled up newspaper and crush it when it flies to an accessible spot. They can be resilient, so be sure it’s dead before reaching for it. Then, you can either throw it away or flush it down the toilet.
- Open a Window or Door: Would you rather get rid of the wasp without lethal methods? Consider opening your doors and screenless windows. It likely entered your home by accident, and you might be able to encourage it to leave.
A note about sprays: Be mindful of where you are spraying because some of these solutions can be harmful to your family, pets, and surfaces in your home. If possible, put down a sheet where you are spraying and send everyone outside of the home for the safest application.
Other Ways to Get Rid of Wasps
That lone wasp might be easy to get rid of on its own, but remember that where there’s one wasp, there are many somewhere near! While many wasps are solitary and don’t work as a colony like bees, they do coexist in a hive that is likely close to your home. Wasps are some of the most aggressive stinging pests, so you don’t want to take risks when it comes to your family’s safety, and you should get rid of the nest as soon as possible. When you’re ready to eliminate the wasps on your property in PA, NJ, or DE, give Green Pest Solutions a call today.
Guide to Stinging Insects
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