What Attracts Hornets & How to Keep These Stinging Insects Away in Budd Lake, NJ

Hornets are found across the United States and are the largest of all wasps. They look similar to yellow jackets with some species reaching up to 2.2 inches in length. Coloration varies from light yellow to white mixed with stripes. They have sturdy, robust bodies with big heads and rounded abdomens. Like other wasps, hornets will build communal nests by chewing wood to make a papery pulp. Most species of hornets make exposed nests in trees and shrubs while others build their nests underground or in other cavities. Nests can range from a few inches in diameter to the size of a basketball and colonies can get as large as 700 workers in late summer.

Hornet Stings

Hornets are considered pests when they aggressively guard their nests if they feel threatened. Hornet stings are more dangerous than those of bees and are more painful because hornet venom contains a large amount of acetylcholine (5%). They can also sting repeatedly and won’t die after their stinging like honey bees do because they have stingers without barbs that are not pulled out of their bodies. It’s reassuring to know that a single hornet sting isn’t likely to be fatal unless there’s an allergic reaction. The sting(s) from hornets will cause redness swelling and pain. If there’s and allergy to the venom there may be adverse, life-threatening reactions.

Hornet Prevention

Hornets are notorious for building their nests close to us and will enter our home through gaps in the siding of the house or through open windows and doors. Hornets have been known to establish nests inside homes and can be found in attics or wall voids. The most effective way to get rid of hornets is to treat the main cause of the problem; the nest. This can be a very dangerous thing to do though. If you try and do this on your own the hornets will feel threatened and become aggressive. This can lead to them stinging you and anyone around you as they work to defend their nest and their young. Getting rid of wasps doesn’t necessarily mean you need to remove the nest, but you will have to treat the nest and the nesting hornets. Homeowners can keep grass cut short along with trimmed bushes and trees to make their property less favorable to hornets. It’s also a good idea to regularly inspect your property for nesting hornets to catch an infestation before it gets out of hand. If you find a nest the next step is to stay as far away from it as you can and call in the professionals right away.

Stinging Pest Control

It’s always best to arrange for professional treatment when it comes to hornets. They can be very dangerous and DIY removal is risky and toxic. Hornet extermination is something only experts should deal with. This will ensure the elimination of the hornets to keep you and your family safe from potentially life-threatening stings. We can also offer tips to prevent any problems in the future. Contact Merlin’s Pest Control if you’re having an issue with hornets or other pests.

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