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Hornet Control & Removal Services

Bald-faced hornets, commonly referred to simply as hornets, are found throughout North America. These members of the yellow jacket family live in organized societies with a queen who lays eggs and worker drones who gather food and protect the nest. The stinging pests cause problems for people when they build their nests on or near houses and other occupied buildings.

Appearance

White markings on their faces give bald-faced hornets their name, though these light-colored patches are also found on their thoraxes, legs, and abdomens. The pests can range between one-half and three-fourths of an inch in size, with the queen typically being the largest member of her colony.

Diet

Hornets feed on other insects, ironically making them pests that control other pests. During spring and summer, these predators help control populations of flies, mosquitoes, and even other yellow jackets. As larvae mature, the need for protein subsides and hornets shift to eating tree sap and plant nectar.

Habitat

Hornets feed on other insects, ironically making them pests that control other pests. During spring and summer, these predators help control populations of flies, mosquitoes, and even other yellow jackets. As larvae mature, the need for protein subsides and hornets shift to eating tree sap and plant nectar.

Entry into Homes or Yards

Nest-building activities can become a problem when hornets decide to construct their hives under the eaves of homes or on garages and sheds. Colder months may even drive bald-faced hornets indoors, where nests are built in attics and between walls. When colonies get too close to places where people live and work, they can become nuisance pests.

Problems & Damage

Although bald-faced hornets generally avoid people, they will aggressively defend their nests when threatened. Their stings are considerably more painful than those of other wasps because their venom contains more acetylcholine, a chemical nerve agent. Unlike many bees, hornets can also strike repeatedly, as their stingers do not separate from their bodies after contact.

Prevention & Exclusion

It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to actively prevent bald-faced hornets from infesting yards. Since their diet consists of all types of insects, it is not simply a matter of eliminating their food supply. Homeowners can hang commercially available fake hives from their houses to drive away hornets, which are territorial. Another tactic is to swab likely nesting areas with mint, herbs, or citronella.

Control & Removal

The only way to permanently solve hornet problems is to destroy their nests, but attempting to do so without proper training often makes matters worse. Commercially available sprays, in addition to being dangerous to humans, are frequently misused. The result is hundreds of angry hornets being driven from their home looking for a fight. Remedies like turning a hose on the hive can be equally disastrous. To avoid this danger and hassle, rely on the professional pest removal teams at Trutech to tackle bald-faced hornet control and removal.


Questions Customers Have About Hornets

QUESTION:

I have a hornets nest on a second floor eave and would like to have it removed. The hornets were very active this summer, but that seems to have died down.

-Chapel Hill, NC

ANSWER:

The only safe and effective way to remove hornets is to treat the hive and remove it afterwards. We are fully equipped with and trained on ladders and equipment that allow us to reach high spots on your home, and safely handle stinging insect issues. Once the hive is removed we can also treat your eaves, soffits, and porch overhangs with a residual pesticide in order to help prevent hornets from attempting to rebuild.

In addition, we can also inspect, and if necessary, treat your attic. The attic is an extremely common location for wasps and hornets to overwinter and take refuge. These treatments, while effective, are also only temporary due to the fact that pesticides break down over time. We recommend ongoing services which would include regular treatments to help prevent any new wasps and hornets from turning your home into theirs.