Hornets and wasps and bees, oh my! Telling these critters apart can be daunting at first – after all, it’s tempting to lump all winged, black and yellow buzzing insects together. Hornets and wasps are both members of the Vespinae subfamily, but their behavior is very different. Unlike their wasp cousins, who are capable of stinging but harder to irritate, hornets behave differently and have different habits and preferences, necessitating a different approach to removal.
Feeling the Sting from Unwanted Hornets?
Are you having hornet problems? Call Critter Control today at (574) 825-1079 in South Bend and Elkhart,
or (260) 632-5106 in the Fort Wayne area and our trained staff will be there to help your hornet removal.
All hornets are wasps, but not all wasps are hornets. That simple logic puzzle can be boggling at first, but more simply put, hornets are a subspecies of wasp. Hornets are larger than wasps, coming in at an inch up to two inches in length. They’re social and communal and build nests that can house up to 1,000 individuals at a time. Their nests are found in aerial locations – the crux of a tree branch, for example, or under your porch eaves. Wasp nests may be aerial or on the ground. Unlike wasps, who are generally non-aggressive unless threatened, hornets are extremely aggressive when their nest is simply disturbed – whether they feel threatened or not.
Are Hornets Dangerous?
It’s completely possible to peacefully coexist with hornets as long as you don’t disturb them. Unfortunately, if their nest is built in a high traffic area like on your deck posts or near your door or in a shrub near where your pets or children play, that possibility goes out the window. Hornets release more venom per sting than bees and wasps, and their stings are more painful due to their sheer size. Because of their social nature, a disturbed nest can rally hundreds of defensive individuals ready to repeatedly sting an intruder.
While hornet stings themselves aren’t usually toxic to humans – with the exception of the rare Giant Asian hornet – they can and do cause a deadly reaction in allergic individuals and may cause serious problems for young children and pets.
Identifying a Hornet Infestation
It’s hard to miss a hornet’s nest close to your home or garden. Large and round, their nests can be seen when you look up. An audible buzzing often accompanies a hornet infestation and individuals can be seen swarming when the nest is disturbed. None of this is uncommon for wasps, either, so the main quandary facing homeowners is determining whether you’re dealing with a hornet’s nest or wasp’s nest.
Rather than try to discern which type of wasp or hornet has decided to take up on your property and how best to remove them, reach out to one of Critter Control’s dedicated wildlife removal experts.
How an Expert Can Help
By leaving hornet removal up to the pros, you’ll avoid pain and a potential allergic reaction. Even if you have shown no signs of allergy so far in your life, reactions to hornet venom is cumulative, meaning the more you’re exposed the more likely it is you’ll suffer an adverse reaction. Rather than risk it, call Critter Control.
Not only can Critter Control pros help you identify an infestation and safely remove it from your property, they can also do so humanely. As wasps and hornets are important pollinators just like bees, it’s important to safely relocate them rather than destroying them. Their spot in our ecosystem is valuable, and they often provide natural pest control against other, less beneficial insects as well. Still, you don’t want to have to sneak around on your own property to avoid aggravating them.
Critter Control can help you take steps to exclude them from your property by making it less inviting for nesting, reducing the likelihood of a future nest in the same spot. To take the sting out of getting rid of hornets on your property, give us a call today at 574-825-1079.