hornets nest

Asked July 5, 2017, 9:12 PM EDT

How do I get rid of a hornets nest? I have a rowhouse and the nest is in a gap between the gutters of the roofs of the back porches. When porch doors slam or I am moving around, they get very agitated. My porch is enclosed, but my neighbor's porch is open (only has a roof). When they buzz about, it sounds like rain against the porch windows.

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

It would be a good idea to identify what type of wasp/hornet you are dealing with. Go to our website and view photos. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/insects/stinging-and-biting

Normally if the nest is located outdoors, with the first hard frost the queen will overwinter elsewhere and the workers will die. The nest is not reused the following year. Since the insects may be indoors, take some time to investigate and then take steps for control.

You may need to hire a pest control company to do this as these insects can be mean where their nest is involved and proper protection is needed. The insects can also do interior damage. You also have the option of hiring a bee keeper that controls yellow jacket and hornet nests. See the attached link http://www.mdbeekeepers.org/swarms.html