Like other types of wasps, hornets can be inconvenient to deal with if they nest inside or near your home. A single sting from a threatened hornet can be extremely painful and sometimes even life-threatening. Put simply, a hornet’s nest on your property is not something you should take lightly, especially given how complicated it can be to successfully remove one without help from a trained professional.

At Ready Pest Control, our exterminators and pest control professionals have years of experience helping people deal with unwanted pests on their residential and commercial properties. Whether you need help clearing a nest out of a shed or attic, a tree outside, or even under the foundation of your home or business, we can help you implement a cost-effective and environmentally friendly hornet control strategy today.

How to Identify Hornets

Hornets and most other types of wasps are omnivores—they hunt and eat other insects in addition to feeding on plant nectar and sugar-rich fruits. Because they do not need to gather pollen, hornets have smooth outer bodies compared to the fuzzier and hairier bodies of bees.

Different species of hornets may be various combinations of black, yellow, white, and reddish-brown in color. They have a segmented midsection between their thorax and abdomen—in other words, between the middle and hind parts of their bodies. Hornets also have two pairs of wings attached to their thorax, with the front pair of wings being larger than the pair closer to the abdomen in the back.

The primary factor setting hornets apart from bees and most other wasp species is how big they are. Bald-faced hornets are generally about half an inch long, but European hornets—which, despite what their name implies, have been in the United States since the mid-19th century—are usually an inch to an inch and a half long, sometimes even getting up to two inches in length.

If you need help identifying and controlling hornets on your property, do not hesitate to contact Ready Pest Control today.

Signs of a Hornet Infestation

Hornets are not actively aggressive toward other animals or people. In fact, they are generally passive unless someone gets too close to their hive. Because of that, hornets usually try to build their hives in secluded and private spaces that are high off the ground, like the eaves under an overhanging roof or inside hollow tree trunks. Some species of wasps alternatively build nests in holes underground—where unsuspecting humans are more likely to accidentally step on them.

Hornet nests are made of a papery substance and can get as big as a football once fully constructed. If a nest is not immediately visible, it is generally easy to find one in an area with an abnormal number of hornets flying around.

You do not have to face a hornet nest on your own. Our diligent exterminators can develop a custom-tailored hornet control plan that fits your unique needs.

Ready Pest Control Provides Sustainable Hornet Control Solutions

Disturbing a hornet nest can be incredibly dangerous if you are not trained and equipped to remove it safely. While hornets generally do not attack without cause, they can be vicious and sting in swarms if they believe their nest is being threatened.

When you need help with hornet control, Ready Pest Control is here for you. Let us give you peace of mind today—call to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable pest control professional.

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