How can I get rid of wasps & hornets?

Honey bees have been shown to be a great boon to any environment they live in. They pollinate plants and flowers that create beautiful landscapes and tasty fruits and vegetables. And the sweetness of honey can’t be beaten! Many kinds of bees aren’t aggressive and only sting if you threaten their territory. Some types of wasps & hornets, however, aren’t so docile. Not only can they be aggressive and hostile, but many kinds aren’t limited to a single sting either! Removing a nest can be a harrowing and dangerous experience. Fortunately, the professionals at Anteater Exterminating Inc. are here to help.  We’ll take care of the nest for you and employ preventative measures to make sure they won’t be coming back anytime soon.

What’s the difference between wasps and hornets? While often used interchangeably, wasps, bees, and hornets are different creatures. Bees make and eat honey and can only sting once. Wasps are carnivorous and don’t have that limitation.  Only female wasps sting, but they can do so without losing their stinger, meaning they can attack repeatedly. Hornets are a specific kind of wasp. Usually, most people use “hornet” to refer to yellow jacket wasps, due to their aggressive nature that is similar to hornets on other continents.

 

Do wasps have a queen?

The goal of wasps and hornets is to protect the queen, the only member of a hive that can produce offspring. Workers don’t have the capacity to reproduce. Instead, they gather food for the queen and other members of the colony. They also continue to build the hive and make it grow larger. While wasps, especially yellow jackets, are naturally more aggressive than other stinging insects, this aggressiveness increases when their hive is threatened. They’ll protect their hive and their queen to the death, which is why removing the nest should only be done by trained professionals.

Beware of the stingers! Allergies to stings from bees and wasps are one of the most deadly in the world. It is estimated that 3% of adults are allergic, though some figures put this closer to 10%. This means if you’ve never been stung before, it’s a risk not worth taking!

Where do hornets and wasps build nests?

If you see a small hive on your property, that doesn’t mean it’s the only one. Often, these hives form in clusters, and removing one of them won’t stop hornets and wasps from making your home theirs.

  • Wasps & HornetsWood is a common place for wasps to hide. Dead tree limbs or wooden fences are common places to find nests. In natural environments such as areas with a high volume of trees, one colony can make a nest larger than a basketball.
  • Queens pick a warm place to hibernate and survive the season. This means that you’ll often find nests in places that are hidden from the elements. Some common places include underneath eavestroughs and in attics.
  • Wasps love sweet things. Because of this, you’ll often find them around garbage cans. Garbage cans can have heavy accumulations of sugar from wasted food that wasps and hornets can’t find in the wild, so try to keep these things contained!

Why do I need professional wasp and hornet removal?

Because wasps and hornets can be dangerous even to people without allergies, removal should only be done by experts. Unlike average homeowners, professional pest control companies have the right equipment and materials to protect themselves. This means that the nests can be removed while your property and the people around it stay safe. Not only that, but our local Wasp and Hornet Control Specialists make sure you won’t bothered by them again anytime soon!