Hornet Nest Removal in Mount Olive, NJ; How to Get Rid of Hornets from Your Walls & Home
Hornets are very well known throughout New Jersey among the locals and we are not talking about our talented athletes on the NBA Hornets team, but rather the pest species. Hornets in general are a nuisance due to their ability to repeatedly sting, what they perceive as a threat. Considering the number of species of hornets that are patrolling the aerial space, in New Jersey there are two common species you should be aware of. With that in mind, we at Merlin’s Pest Control would like to expound on the common species of hornets in New Jersey; the Bald Face Hornet, and the European Hornet.
Bald Faced Hornets
Relatives of the yellow jackets, bald faced hornets are so named due to being mostly black in color but having the majority of their face white. Having aerial nests and large size; ½” – ¾” long, these hornets have long wasp-like bodies, six legs and feature antennae.
Bald Faced Hornet Nests
Bald faced hornets are social, living in colonies that include anywhere between 100-400 members in them. During the summer, when population is at their largest, they are frequently spotted building their paper-like nests that are generally 14 inches in diameter and over 24 inches in length, typically at least 3 feet off the ground. They often choose trees, shrubs, utility poles, sheds, and other structures for their nest construction. Unlike many other stinging pests, bald faced hornets do not reuse their nests season after season.
Bald Faced Hornet Stings
Anyone or anything that invades their space is likely to be attacked as bald faced hornets are aggressive; which makes nest removal fairly challenging. Risks not only include enduring multiply stings, but their venom lingers well over 24 hours causing pain and itching. Those allergic to the venom can experience mild to severe symptoms as well.
European hornets were introduced from Europe into New York in the 1800s and have since spread throughout the country. These hornets are also referred to as Giant Hornets as well because they are so much larger than yellow jackets and are active into the night unlike other stinging pests. European hornets are brown with pale faces and yellow abdominal stripes, featuring six legs and antennae, they have the long and robust wasp-like shaped bodies that are between ¾” and 1 ½” long. Like most hornets, European hornets are social insect and like bald faced hornets have 100-400 members in their colony. They are typically most active in late summer. These hornets can be considered beneficial as they eat grasshoppers, flies, and yellow jackets; keeping their population down, however, they will also eat honeybees as well as tree sap, fruit, and honeydew. Known to repeatedly bang on lighted windows at night, European hornets are attracted to light.
European Hornet Nests
European hornets will protect their nests with a brown envelope of cellulose materials derived of dead wood and often build their nest in the hollow of trees, walls, out buildings, attics and even abandoned beehives. Not only can they deliver multiple stings infused with venom that causes pain and itching as well as allergy symptoms, but European hornets are a threat to trees and shrubs as they strip back the bark to get to the sap.