WHAT ARE HORNETS?
Hornets are the largest of the eusocial wasps and are similar in appearance to their close relatives yellowjackets. They are distinguished from other wasps by the relatively large top margin of the head and by the rounded segment of the abdomen just behind the waist. Most nests are about the size of a basketball made of a paper mache-like material. A nest typically consists of about 100-700 worker hornets. Almost all will be females that do all the work from rearing young to foraging for food. Large nests will have multiple breeding queens (2-6). The males will mate with the queen, eat food and chase female hornets. One of hornet’s favorite things to eat are bees. Not only are they a great source of protein for their future queens, but they provide a sweet honey! It only takes a small number of giant hornets to wipe out an entire honey bee colony.
HOW DO WE GET RID OF HORNETS?
Hornets can become aggressive and will defend their nest. Unlike bees, hornets can sting multiple times. Never try to remove a swarm or nest yourself. Hornets can build their nests in the ground which can be a real risk to humans. Hornet’s nests built in the ground in a high populated area by humans, like parks can be dangerous as people run the risk of stepping on them, causing the hornet to attack the unsuspecting human.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY HORNETS?
Hornet stings can cause very serious symptoms and illness associated with allergic reactions and hypersensitivity to the venom. Perhaps the most recognized reactions are seen when a hornet stings a person, particularly children, who are hypersensitive to the venom. This may result in serious, maybe even life-threatening conditions. These stings generally create lesions and may also involve intense pain, swelling, itching and potential of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that causes shock. Secondary infections to stings can occur if the bites and stings are not kept clean and properly disinfected.
WHAT ARE SOME PREVENTATIVE MEASURES I CAN TAKE?
- The most effective prevention is not trying to attract hornets. They are attracted to anything sugary
- Fruit juice, fallen fruit beneath trees and other sweet food sources will attract hornets
- Be careful with foods, especially soda cans
WHAT ARE THE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH HORNETS?
Variable, depending on size and location of the nest. Call us for a free, no-obligation quote.
WHY SHOULD I ADDRESS THE PROBLEM?
Hornets can sting more than once. Hornets will become aggressive if they feel threatened. While one sting may not be life threatening, multiple stings can send your body into a state of shock and cause an extreme, often life-threatening allergic reaction to an antigen to which the body has become hypersensitive to. This is called an anaphylactic shock.