Eco-Friendly Approaches To Eliminating Stinging Insects

7 July 2016
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Stinging insects are terrible guests at parties. Fortunately, there are ways to make sure that you minimize insect stings without having to use potentially dangerous insecticide chemicals to do so. Here are a few examples of approaches you can make that are eco-friendly and still keep stinging insects away.

Locate and Kill Nests Naturally

All you need in order to locate the nests of stinging insects such as bees, yellow jackets, or hornets is some patience and observational skills. If you watch these insects long enough, they will eventually go back to their nests. Then, you can use non-toxic approaches to kill the nests. It's important to use protection and to preferably go at night. This is because hornets are very active during the day, especially in the middle of the summer.

One effective and natural approach for killing nests is simply using soapy water. You can use a spray attachment for a hose and then put soap in it. If you spray from a distance, you can soak the nest with soapy water. The soap will cover the hornets, making it impossible for them to fly away. Eventually, the hornets will suffocate. As long as you use safe soaps, this won't have any major negative effect on the eco-system.

Fake Nests

Another effective way to dissuade hornets from coming to ruin your outdoor parties in the first place is with fake nests. If you put these up in prominent places around your house, it will make it less likely that hornets will build nests in the first place because they will think that there's competition. Then, they will decide to build their nest further away from your house in order to avoid the competition. This way you won't have to deal with them nearly as much.

Destroy Nests Underground

If you happen to trace a hornet back to a nest that is made underground, you can handle this by pouring soap and water down the hole at night, and then putting something over the hole in order to block it off. This should be a cup or something else that you can push down over the hole in order to fully seal it off.

Additionally, if you leave it like that for a month or two, eventually every hornet down below will die, and the nest will then be abandoned. Make sure you go back for your cup well after the fact so you don't leave it out in the wild as litter. This way, you get the best of both worlds. The hornets go away, no one gets stung, and the environment stays safe.

For more information, contact professionals like Paffy's Pest Control.​