A sting made by a wasp or a hornet can be life threatening especially to those who may be allergic to them. However, it is also possible to reduce the risk of getting stung by these insects when outdoors and this is by ensuring that their nests are properly managed. Getting rid of hornets is not that different from getting rid of yellow jackets. However, necessary precaution is important because hornets just like wasps are not predictable and are dangerous. Their nests should be removed with care and in a cautious manner.
Differences of Wasp and Hornet
- The main difference of wasp particularly the yellow jacket and the hornet are their size. Hornets are larger with a color of ivory and black.
- Hornets builds an aerial nest, while yellow jackets prefer to build nests underground that can usually be found in abandoned rodent burrows.
- Yellow jackets like sugary treats such as soda and syrups. Hornets love live prey which are mostly insects.
Hornets are considered harder and dangerous to control than the paper wasps because they can attack even without provocation. Their nests may contain thousands of wasps and can be extremely aggressive when threatened or disturbed.
Yellow jackets are also dangerous when encountered and will continue to sting victims even without cause. Their nest can be found underground in locations such as old burrow of rodents, in a wall building or in a rock wall.
Locating Their Nests
- Both wasps and hornets create their nest by chewing wood that will give their nest that distinctive papery wall.
- During the spring, the queen wasp will build small nests and lay the first batch of eggs. After the eggs are hatched, they will become the workers and will take over the nest building for the remainder of the season.
- During summer, the workers have finally made their nest bigger than the size of a football or even larger.
- Common places for a wasp and hornet nest sites consist of places under the roof eaves, in sheds, or behind the screens.
Since their nests are in places that are not commonly reached, it is best to ask help from a pest control company. Disposing the hornet nest will require the professional to wear a suit that offers protection from stinging insects. Then, they will apply an insecticide, Sevin or Ficam dust directly in the nest opening. It is important that the nest is not broken during treatment or else this may cause more problems since the wasps may scatter and attack.
For Yellow jackets
Yellow jackets can be removed by applying an insecticide intended for wasps into the opening of the nest. Sevin ™ is also effective in getting rid of the wasps. Since the nest is located underground, handling them may be easier.
When to do it
Treatment for both hornets and yellow jackets should be done during the night when they are in their nest and not very active. However, make certain that you know where the opening of the nest is so that you can go back to their nest at night and locate the opening easily. Do not directly point the flashlight on the nest because the wasps may get startled. Both hornets and yellow jackets are vicious when disturbed.
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