We’ve got a hornet’s nest under the roof of our house this year and as a result in the last three days I have had to remove four hornets from inside the house – one in the bedroom, two in the living room and one in the kitchen.
Close up of one of the hornet’s face – remember they sting not bite.
On the draining board – the sting is in the tail
On drink’s bottle – note that a hornet is yellow and red/brown compared to a wasp which is yellow and black – oh yes they are much bigger too…
I thought it might be helpful to share my technique for safely removing them from the house. Same technique can be used to removed wasps, bumblebees and spiders.
In order to demonstrate this I have deployed my hornet whelk acquired last year on the Isles of Scilly for this very purpose.
Hornet has finally settled on the wall. Be patient – don’t try and catch the hornet while it is flying around
– you will only aggravate it and it will end it tears – literally.
Calmly place a clear glass over the hornet – with a clear glass you can see what you are doing
Then gently slide a piece of paper (list of things to do – not essential) under the glass and under the hornet
Allow the hornet to walk up the glass
Finally tip the glass up with the paper firmly over the opening
– take the glass and the hornet outside and release – aiming the hornet way from you whilst you do it.
What could possibly go wrong.