Bees, wasps, and hornets play important roles in pollinating the fruits, grains, and vegetables we consume. When they’re out in nature or in our backyards buzzing around, they aren’t posing any serious threats. However, if a nest starts to form anywhere humans may frequent, action needs to be taken before a potentially dangerous situation occurs! Few pest infestations are more frightening than a wasp or hornet invasion, which can get out of hand quickly and are especially dangerous for those allergic to these stinging insects. For these reasons and more, it’s important to know when to call Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s, your local hornet and wasp exterminator.
Identifying hornet and wasp infestations
It can be hard to know what you’re dealing with when you catch sight of a nest. Most people clump different bee species and wasps into the same category due to their similar attributes, which negates the fact that wasps are much more of a threat. Species of wasps and hornets build nests that look slightly different from one another:
- Paper wasp nests: Paper wasps construct open, exposed nests that most often resemble upside-down umbrellas.
- Yellow jacket nests: Yellow jackets build nests that are covered in a papery substance and are often found within wall voids or cavities in the ground.
- Bald-faced hornets: This species also builds papery-covered nests that can be located in natural cavities like tree stumps or cavities within buildings.
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Dangerous DIY remedies for hornet and wasp removal
If you have a hornet or wasp problem, you may be tempted to solve it yourself. Before you grab a can of chemical-filled insecticide, take some time to carefully consider the following factors:
- If you are allergic to stinging insects of any kind, do not attempt to remove bees or wasps yourself.
- Try to identify the wasp or hornet to figure out which species you’re dealing with and what their behaviors are.
- Nests bigger than a fist should always be handled by a professional.
- If you are still going to attempt taking care of the nest yourself, remember to never spray inside of your building. Additionally, make sure to spray at night or early in the morning when wasps and bees are least active.
- Make sure to properly dispose of the nest, as well as any dead wasps you see.
- Remember: Wasps & hornets are unpredictable, and some species can be very aggressive. If you don’t know the species you’re dealing with, don’t take any chances and call a professional.
When to hire a hornet and wasp exterminator
If you’ve determined that the nest you discovered is too big for removing safely yourself, you need to call a professional. A licensed pest control company like Ehrlich can ensure that the infestation is safely destroyed, as well as take preventative measures to prevent more bees from re-entering or re-colonizing the space. If you’re concerned about bees or other stinging insects around your house, call our team today to learn more about our hornet and wasp extermination services.Back to Bee, Wasp & Hornet Exterminators, Control & Removal
When to Call a Hornet and Wasp Exterminator in Virginia
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