Things that will attract hornets are high protein foods such as meats. So keeping these things out of your garden are a very good idea. Things such as pet food and an unsecured bin lid in your garden can attract hornets. Compost heaps if they are not buried or sealed can also attract hornets.
In early spring, the new next generation of queen hornets will begin to appear. If you can catch and kill them, most hornet related problems will be solved. No queen, no offspring, no problems! The aim is to attract the queens by a raw piece of meat before they have found a place to nest. Then with a trap such as the home made bottle trap, catch and kill the queen. With hornets, the trap will need a slightly different bait such as:
- Sugar sweetened water, 1 cup
- Apple cider vinegar, 1 cup
- Mild dish soap, a drop
- Raw meat
When a hornet gets killed, they give of a pheromone that tells other hornets to attack as a nest safety mechanism. So for hornets inside your home, simple squishing them is a very bad idea as you will attract more and even angry hornets. The best way to deal with hornets in your home is to vacuum them up. Also leave them in the vacuum for a couple of days so that if by vacuuming them up they haven't died, they will die of starvation or dehydration.
Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?
- Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
- Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
- Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
- Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
- Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
- Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
- Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
- Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
- Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
- Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
- Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
- Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.