Nature is a fabulous thing, especially this time of year. The Northeast corridor enjoyed a wonderful winter, free from the icy, snowy winters we’re used to. What one hand gives, the other hand takes away in the form of a bursting bug population, undeterred by a winter kill.
So far this spring I have noticed an enhanced spider, centipede and stink bug population but no pest is as annoying to us as hornets. The wife is adamant about a bug free home and I commiserate, however I try to keep the spread of insecticides at a minimum in our home on account of our pets. I have been hearing good things from friends about Home Defense Hornet & Wasp Killer Max and decided to give it a try.
Ortho is a long established name in products designated to kill household bugs. Their Home Defense Hornet & Wasp Killer Max is targets exterior surfaces where hornets and wasps construct their hives. I have heard the best time to control hornets is in June after the queen has established their nest. Okay, I really understand this but frankly, I just can’t sit there and watch them build a hive on my garage! So, I have been a little pro-active and have been on top of the issue with a number of products, but finally settled on Home Defense Hornet & Wasp Killer Max based on results.
Because of the aggressive nature of angered wasps and hornets, you want to have a 25 foot buffer (head start) between you and the hive which Home Defense Hornet & Wasp Killer Max gives you that. Home Defense Hornet & Wasp Killer Max comes out in foam, which is meant to trap, stick to and kill wasps, bees and hornets on contact.
Practically speaking, Home Defense Hornet & Wasp Killer Max stuns the invading pests and really stirs up their ire making you a moving target for some, which triggered a retaliatory, on-the-run response of spraying, which with an unexpected crosswind, ended up in my face requiring a quick rinse. My recommendation is either is prepared to hold your ground or have a well thought out exit plan, requiring proper attire in either scenario and make certain conditions are still. The instructions detail most effective application is at dusk when the hive settles.
Over the next few days, I checked on the hive and new hornets were attempting to rebuild along the eves of my garage, the nerve! I went out and purchased a few more cans and thwarted their attempts to invade my garage. It’s been three weeks now and I have apparently won the war of the hornets for this year. It required half a dozen cans, I sprayed a lot of foam to which there are no traces but there are no traces of the hornets which is the desired result; mission accomplished!
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