There is a great reason for concern when homeowners notice something on the ground that looks like a hornets nest. Hornets typically build nests above ground, and many related species, like yellow jackets, build nests in former animal burrows.

The nests hornets make are paperlike and are hung from the branches of trees, eaves of a home, or other buildings. Typically, nests on the ground belong to yellow jackets. Yet, there are some species of hornets that nest on the ground. You will often hear people referring to these insects as ground hornets.

Ground Hornets

Ground hornets populate nests that include both the male adults and queens designated as egg layers. In addition, you will find young eggs, larvae, and hornets in various pupal phases inside a hornet's nest.

Whether you call them ground hornets or ground wasps, you need to get rid of them. The most successful way of doing so is to call the professional pest exterminators at A.N.T. Pest Control.

How to Get Rid Hornets and Wasps | Underground Nest Removal

Hornets prefer to nest in wall voids, attics, old burrows of other animals, and piles of debris. If you want to get rid of ground hornets, you need to assess the area. You can do this best when you can recognize the signs of hornets before they become an issue.

The early morning hours of early summer are when most ground wasps are least active. Since they won't reuse old nests, once you eradicate one, the problem usually disappears.

To get rid of ground wasps, simply spray a wasp-killing aerosol directly at the wasp nest. Do so for a minimum of ten seconds. Ensure you are able to vacate the area once you are done spraying quickly.

Removing yellow jacket ground nests

Yellow jacket nest

Yellow jackets are pollinators and often visit plants that bees are pollinating. They are beneficial insects in that they eat caterpillars, aphids, and many other bugs in the garden.

To get rid of ground yellow jackets, you can spray insecticidal dust during the night when the insects are less active.

Can you get rid of a ground wasp nest?

If you have a ground wasp problem near your house, they can pose a problem due to they are stinging insects. Small children are susceptible to their stings because they are often attracted to a sandbox to build their colony.

Never try and get rid of ground wasps if you are allergic to bee or wasp stings. Because getting stung by one of these stinging insects can prove fatal.

DIY Ways to Get Rid of Ground Hornets Wasp Nests

If you need some DIY pest control ideas to get rid of ground hornets, here's a simple remedy. A solution made from water and soap poured down a small hole at the nest entrance.

Wasps will not be able to find the hole because of the suds created by the soapy water. In addition, it will also avert their ability to fly.

You can also spray some insecticide dust at a bald faced hornets nest entrance until you no longer see active wasps in the area.

Another way to bait stinging pests is by using meat or fruit juice to entice them to a trap you have set. Bees and wasp detest strong scents; thus, white vinegar sprayed generously around the nest will make them leave.

Bees vs Wasp

Applying some insecticide dust to the nest opening is the safest method to get rid of yellow jackets. You can use a plastic cup to put the dust inside of, attached to a broom handle or long stick. Simply empty the cup's contents as you walk by the area of the nest. Wasps then walk through the dust and transmit the poison to other wasps.

As the wasps exit the nest, they wall through holes in the dust. Carrying the poisons to the rest of the colony.

Always wear protective clothing and apply after nightfall, when wasps are least active.

You will be able to reduce stinging insects with the use of aggressive trapping.

Do Hornets Nest in the Ground? Signs Of Underground Hornets Nests

Recognizing piles of tiny, grainy dirt pieces in nearby holes is one of the signs of an underground hornet infestation. The danger of several species where wasp nests exist is in relation to the size and shape of the nest.

Many species live solitary lives, thus rarely creating issues. Bald-faced hornets, paper wasps, and yellow jackets are social insects and live in large colonies. Wasp nests are built in trees, beneath eaves, in wall voids, attics, walls, and underground. Typically, they build colonies during the late spring and throughout summer.

Wasp nest

Unfortunately, the ground wasp chooses your home or garden to construct a nest. Significantly lowering life's quality and resulting in health issues for anyone who is allergic.

Verify the signs of hornets using a plastic knife to mark the areas on your lawn and in the garden. Therefore, you are prepared for the battle once night falls and you break out the insecticide.

Typically, ground wasps are not aggressive unless they feel their home is being disturbed. A cicada killer wasp will wreak havoc on flower beds, lawns, and your garden by forming tunnels and holes everywhere.

Natural ways to get rid of wasps

Maintaining the moisture levels of your yard and lawn from the end of spring until the beginning of summer will avert wasps. In addition, using some Diatomaceous Earth sprinkled around areas where you have seen them nesting will also get rid of wasps.

Diatomaceous Earth is one of the natural ways to eliminate pests. Sprinkling it in the area of the ground wasp nest will kill them. It's a very effective method to use, taking a few days to kill them. However, you don't have to worry about pets or small children coming in contact with it and being poisoned.

What is the Difference between Hornets and Ground Wasps?

Hornet vs Ground Wasp

Yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets are related because of the fact both are hornets. A bald-faced hornet has a body that is black with white markings on the face. They are much larger in size than the average yellow jacket. Hornet workers measure around 15 to 20 millimeters.

Hornet stings do not possess as much venom as bee stings do. Yet, they have venom with 5% acetylcholine in it. Making the sting of a ground wasp more painful.

Typically, ground wasps aren't aggressive and will not sting unless they are in fear of their colony being harmed.

Call the Professionals!

Getting rid of ground wasps, yellow jackets, and bees can be dangerous work. It requires both speed and agility. For this reason, it is best to consider having a pest control company like A.N.T. Pest Control do the job. Often, your best efforts to get rid of ground wasps only end up creating a bunch of angry wasps.

Contact A.N.T. Pest Control today by calling 815-215-7211 to request a free quote for our services today!

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