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Hornet control

We know that hornets can be intimidating – their striking appearance and painful stings make them a serious concern for homeowners. Not only do they pose a threat to your health, but they can also cause damage to your property when left untreated. If you're dealing with a hornet infestation, it's important to take action quickly and effectively. By taking steps to control and get rid of hornet nests, homeowners can protect themselves, their families, and their property from these pests.

If you spot hornets or their nests on your property – it's time to call your local Terminix branch for hornet extermination. Our technicians are experts in hornet nest removal and know how to get rid of hornets. With our knowledge and experience on your side, you can rest easy knowing that you are receiving effective, professional hornet control.

What hornets look like

Hornets are large, stinging insects that resemble wasps. They are typically larger than other types of stinging insects and can range in size from half an inch to two inches. Hornets have a black and white or black and yellow pattern on their bodies, with a smooth and shiny appearance. They also have two pairs of wings and six legs, as well as a narrow waist and a stinger that they use for self-defense.


hornet close up

Types of hornets

Hornets can be found in many parts of the United States. One of the first steps in hornet control and hornet nest removal is identifying the species you’re dealing with. There are several different types of hornets, each with their own unique characteristics and behaviors. Not sure what species you’re dealing with? Here are the most common hornet species in the United States:

  • Bald-faced hornet: This species is black with white markings on its face. They typically inhabit wooded areas and build large, grayish-white paper nests on top of trees, utility poles, and other high structures.
  • European hornet: are larger and hairier than honeybees and are known for their excellent pollinating technique. Their colonies are smaller than honey bees and have a more flexible social structure.
  • Northern giant hornet: are solitary bees that burrow into wood to build nests. They are typically larger than honey and bumble bees. Their abdomens are shiny and may be black, green, or metallic.

Hornets vs. wasps

Hornets and wasps are often confused with one another, but there are a few key differences between them. Hornets are larger than most wasps and have a smooth and shiny appearance, while wasps are typically smaller and have a more slender, elongated body shape. Hornets also have a black and white or black and yellow pattern on their bodies, while wasps can be a variety of patterns and colors, including black, brown, and yellow. Additionally, hornets tend to build their nests in enclosed spaces, while wasps build their nests in exposed areas. Finally, hornets are generally more aggressive than wasps, and their stings can be more painful – making it crucial to leave hornet control and hornet nest removal in the hands of a professional.

Signs of a hornet infestation

If you suspect a hornet infestation, there are several signs to look out for. Some common signs include spotting hornets flying around the home, the presence of a hornet nest, and the sound of buzzing coming from the hornet nest. Additionally, if you notice chewed wood or paper in your home, it could be a sign that hornets are building their nest nearby.

Hornets are social insects that can build their nests both indoors and outdoors. They typically like to build their nests in secluded and protected areas such as attics, wall voids, and tree branches. These flying insects are attracted to warm and humid climates and can be found across the United States.


hornet nest

What you should do if you see a hornet nest

Hornets can become aggressive and sting multiple times if they feel threatened, so it's important to stay calm and avoid disturbing them. If possible, try to keep a safe distance from the nest and avoid any sudden movements or loud noises. If you see a hornet nest on your property, contact Terminix for hornet nest removal. Your local Terminix technician knows how to get rid of a hornet's nest and can handle the job safely and effectively.

How Terminix gets rid of hornets and nests

Hornets can pose a threat to your health and property if left untreated. When you work with a local Terminix technician, you’re getting expert hornet control. Our technicians know how to get rid of a hornet's nest and will apply insecticide dust to the entrance of the nest. Then, they will puncture the side of the nest and apply additional dust into the nest. This ensures effective hornet nest removal and hornet extermination.

Frequently asked hornet control questions

Hornets are attracted to sweet smells, such as flowers, fruit, and nectar. They are also attracted to protein-rich foods, such as various prey insects.

While there are some DIY hornet control remedies and sprays available for hornet nest removal, they are not always effective and can even be dangerous. Some of these hornet extermination methods include using vinegar, soap, and water or setting traps. However, these methods could provoke the hornets, leading to a more aggressive response. For expert hornet control, contact your local Terminix branch. Our technicians are experts at hornet control and know how to get rid of hornet's nests safely.

Hornets do not leave a stinger in the skin of their victims and can sting repeatedly. If you're stung by a hornet, wash the affected area with soap and water and apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling and pain. If you experience multiple stings or severe symptoms like difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, or rapid heartbeat, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Hornets are generally more aggressive than wasps, and their stings can be more painful. These insects are larger than most wasps and have a smooth and shiny appearance, while wasps are typically smaller and have a more slender, elongated body shape. Additionally, hornets build their nests in enclosed spaces, while wasps build their nests in exposed areas.

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