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    OT: Hornet's Nest Removal

    I have a two small (one is 6" and the other 2" in diameter) forming and I want them OUT. I'm thinking about DIY, but I also don't want to get stung.

    Any advice? Maybe a good San Jose service and price?

    Thanks!

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    Home Depot ha several sprays that shoot several feet away. I used one fom Raid and took care of the wasp instantly! The nest was about 4in and 20ft high.

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    +1 on Raid's instant mortality. Also, it's best to spray them at night, when they're all in there.

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    If the nests are not too big, I've had good luck with an 8' 2x4. Smash the next against whatever it is attached to, and be prepared to run if any escape.

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    I had a small one on the gate to my back yard for a while this summer. It was kind of cool watching the mama build it, she was pretty docile. But all of a sudden there were four or five and they were getting more belligerent when I had to go through the gate. So I took a broom and knocked it off and beat feet around the house. They buzzed around there all angry for the rest of the afternoon, then they left. No biggie. I say knock it down, maybe with a hose on the bigger one.

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    In the past I've used a propane torch and have had great success. Just make sure whatever the nest is attached to is not flammable or you mind getting a bit charred. I hear the Raid spray work's well, but why spend money when you have a torch?!? It's just more fun!

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    Pesticides work best, but they can be dangerous to pets/kids, etc. You can also hit the nest with a large amount of soapy water, and those soap dispensers that attach to a garden hose work well.

    Whatever you do, do it in the evening or at night, when the hornets are dormant.

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    It is deceptively easy. Just come out with one of these on each hand. Do a 'Vasquez from Aliens' pose. And say "LET's ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!".

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post


    It is deceptively easy. Just come out with one of these on each hand. Do a 'Vasquez from Aliens' pose. And say "LET's ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!".
    LOL that movie was on TV this weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    LOL that movie was on TV this weekend!
    Let's rock!!!!!!!!!


    If it bleeds, we can kill it.


    or Shoot da glass!

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    growing up in houston, we would have to deal w/ these periodically. iirc, my dad would use one of those pesticide cans that spray over a longer distance (like the ones pictured above). just be ready to drop the can and run in case they start buzzing around! maybe it was the persistent, miserable heat there, but i dont remember seeing them go dormant that much.
    94 Specialized Rockhopper

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    I'm with clients most evenings - but I did notice those things looked dead early this morning... so tomorrow morning I have to play exterminator.

    I hate to kill them, but I don't want my dogs (nor my wife or I) getting p0wned. I got stung at UCSC on yesterday's cyclocross ride with my brother, deep in the trees. Couldn't believe it - it's the second time in the past two weeks.

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    poke it with a long stick.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Hire some of those Assassin Bugs, they're like the Ninjas of the insect world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I got stung at UCSC on yesterday's cyclocross ride with my brother, deep in the trees.
    That is what you get for riding cyclocross. MTB or nothing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kc929 View Post
    That is what you get for riding cyclocross. MTB or nothing!
    Look who's talking! Good loop... Deric said he's racing CCCX but doesn't know about going full out for the series. I'm skipping, but doing Surf City.

    Dude... are you ready for CCCX? Isn't it, like, next month?

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