What do hornets look like?

Hornets are very similar in appearance to their close relatives the yellowjackets. Some hornet species can reach 2.2 inches in length. Hornets have a larger vertex (top margin of the head) and a more rounded abdomen section just behind the waist than the wasp. Native North American wasps part of the genus Dolichovespula are commonly called hornets (baldfaced hornets for example) even though they are actually yellowjackets. 

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Are hornets dangerous?

Hornets will defend their hive with the from any trespassers. Hornets do not sting humans unless they are provoked. Hornets like yellowjackets and wasps do not have barbs on their stinger. This allows the hornet to sting multiple times without losing their stinger and dying. Besides being able to sting repeatedly, the stingers of hornets are typically larger than those of a wasp making the sting more painful. In just one second the hornet is able to sting multiple times, due to its powerful thorax. While most people will only suffer a little pain for a short time when stung, someone with allergic reactions could become very sick and even die if not treated quickly. If you know you are allergic to wasp/hornet/yellowjacket stings please call a professional to deal with them. If you are stung by a hornet and notice any of the following symptoms see a doctor immediately: 

  • Red and itchy rash that spreads beyond the area where stung
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness, shock
  • Rapid pulse and arrhythmia

Hornets habitat.

The hornet’s habitat is widespread. You will find hornets all over North America in urban and suburban settings. Hornets construct their paper-like nests in many places such as, on tree branches, in bushes, inside walls, in attics, on porches and decks to name just a few. The paper-like nest is made from the hornets saliva mixed with wood fibers they gather. 

How do I get rid of hornets?

Dealing with aggressive hornets can be dangerous. It is best to stop the problem as soon as you notice them, instead of waiting to see what they will do. If you decide to try and deal with them on your own, you should wait until it gets dark. Hornets return to their nest at nightfall. They will be less active and calm at this time.

 Prevention is the key to avoiding a hornet problem. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to identify and eliminate hornets as well as other common household pests through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program. We actually include hornets, yellowjackets and wasps within 10 ft of the home and up to 20 ft off the ground in our Preferred Care Pest Control Program. Even if it’s between regular service times we will come back out at no charge to deal with them. 

How can I prevent hornet problems at my home or business?

Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any hornet problems in your home. 

  • When outside cover food and drinks hornets would be attracted to.
  • Keep compost piles at least 20 ft from home. 
  • Keep garbage cans sealed with a tight lid and at least 20 ft from home.
  • Keep hummingbird feeders away from the home. 

If you suspect a hornet problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote

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