Wasps generally have two pairs of wings and are not fuzzy. Only the females have stingers, but they can sting people repeatedly. Hornets are a small subset of wasps not native to North America (the yellow jacket is not truly a hornet).
Do It Yourself Hornet Removal
DIY hornet removal is dangerous and possibly life-threatening. It’s best to leave it to a hornet removal professional.
Our hornet removal team will carefully inspect the area and determine the best method of removal that is best for the customer. We will safely remove the hornets and the nest then treat the affected area to ensure the hornets do not return. Should the hornets return within the 30-day guarantee period, we will remove the hornets free of charge.
7 Facts About Hornets
- Hornets attack humans in self-defense. Unlike bees, hornets can sting multiple times. Some stings can be fatal to a human due to allergies.
- The bald-faced hornet gets its name from the ivory-white marking on the face. They are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything, including pets that invade their space.
- Individual hornets can sting repeatedly; unlike honey bees, hornets do not die after stinging because their stingers are very finely barbed (only visible under high magnification) and can easily be withdrawn and so are not pulled out of their bodies when disengaging.
- The average person can safely tolerate 10 stings for each pound of body weight. This means that the average adult could withstand more than 1,000 stings, whereas 500 stings could kill a child. However, in a person who is allergic to such stings, one sting can cause death due to an anaphylactic reaction (a life-threatening allergic reaction in which blood pressure falls and the airway closes).
- Severe pain or burning at the site lasts 1 to 2 hours and leave redness that can last up to 3 days. Normal swelling from venom can increase for 48 hours after the sting and can last up to 7 days. Hornets and wasps have a higher pain index than bees.
- The average person can safely tolerate 10 stings for each pound of body weight. This means that the average adult could withstand more than 1,000 stings, whereas 500 stings could kill a child.
- The new colony will typically build up its population, through the Spring and Summer months (May-Sept), to an average number of 700 members. Apart from hanging nests that burrow in roofs or corners of houses this stinging insect can also construct nests in the ground notably in areas with plenty of dirt.
Do’s and Don’ts Of Handling Hornets
A hornet or wasp infestation is a serious manner and should be treated as such. Added below are some Do’s and Don’ts of handling hornets invading your home or business.
Do– If approached stand still and do not engage. Wasps are intrusive insects and any movements or swatting only makes them feel more threatened.
Don’t– Attack a wasp’s nest or spray with water as this will attract the remaining wasps out of the nest. This will only temporarily resolve the issue as hornets and wasps will find other entrance holes to keep their nest active if wet.
Do– Be careful when approaching a nest, wear protective clothing to cover areas of your body to avoid stings; hornets are more aggressive than bees
Don’t– leave food or drink unattended
Do– Research professional pest control services to solve the issue as quickly and swiftly as possible.
Wasps and hornets, unlike their bee counterpart, are thin-waisted with a barbed tail that can sting and puncture skin multiple times, they have a higher pain ratio that can last up to multiple hours. Do not let hornets and wasps ruin your outdoor experience. If you happen to come across a hornet or nest entrance, contact us today for experienced advice and prompt assistance.
Source: Wikipedia, Healthline, WebMD, Medical News Today, MerckMauals, National Geographic