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Wasps and hornets, which are often mistaken for each other, cause big problems for residents in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. They can strike fear in homeowners and trigger life-threatening reactions in those who are allergic to stings.
Though they appear similar, wasps and hornets differ in their habits and how they build their nests. While hornets are members of the same family as wasps, Vespidae, they are not originally native to North America. However, the European hornet has become fairly widespread over the eastern U.S. Wasps are usually the more aggressive of the two, often attacking without warning, while most hornets are only hostile towards humans when they feel threatened.
The DMV region is home to many different types of wasps and hornets, including yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, cicada killers, and ground bees. They are most active in the area from April to October, and love to put a damper on many a picnic or outdoor event during these months.
Social wasps, which include yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets, work together to form large colonies and build nests for the queen to lay her eggs. These nests are made from plant fibers like wood pulp and are typically found in protected areas such as trees or shrubs, alongside garages, underneath roofs, or inside walls. When we normally think of wasps, we think of social wasps, though they only make up a small section of wasp species.
The vast majority of wasp species are considered solitary wasps. Unlike social wasps, they do not form colonies at all. Adult female wasps will forage and build their nests alone in order to protect their offspring, which means their nesting habits are typically more diverse. Many solitary wasps, such as mud daubers, will dig burrows in the ground, while others often build their nests in wood or soft piles of soil.
Hornets are normally larger and fatter than wasps, and while they tend to build nests like social wasps, these nests can grow to extreme sizes – some as large as a football. Bald-faced hornets like to build nests that hang from the underside of tree branches and the eaves of buildings.
Because both hornets and wasps will aggressively protect their nests and can sting repeatedly, it’s not a good idea to attempt to remove a nest by yourself. For your safety, we recommend leaving wasp and hornet removal to the professionals at Connor’s.
Our trained technicians use humane, common-sense techniques for wasp and hornet control, removing immediate threats and preventing future infestations. We begin with an inspection to identify where and how wasps and hornets are gathering on your property, and then remove these pests using eco-friendly products and techniques.
To prevent future infestations, we use exclusion techniques to seal entryways. We also help identify and secure any potential food sources inside and outside to detract the wasps and hornets from returning. We’ll also clean up any mess that the wasps and hornets may leave behind, and clean up and sanitize any infested areas.
Wasps and hornets are not only a nuisance – they can be downright dangerous due to their powerful stings and aggressive nature. Whether you’re a home or business owner, the presence of these pests on your property is a liability you can’t afford. That’s why residents have relied on Connor’s to provide fast, effective wasp and hornet control in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC since 1944. Our year-round pest protection plan will keep you and your family protected from wasps, hornets, and up to 32 types of common pests in the area.
To schedule your free, no-obligation wasp and hornet inspection, call us at (703) 321-0400 or schedule online today.