Are you aware that only 20 genuine species of hornet can be found? The only true hornet found within the U.S. is the European hornet (Vespa Crabro). As its name indicates, this type of wasp was originally indigenous to Europe before arriving in the U.S. from Europe and adjusting to many areas in the U.S. It is possible to distinguish the European hornet by observing the coloration and length; yellow and brown and 1 1/2 inches long.
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Although not a genuine wasp, the bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula Maculata) is covered here since a majority of people commonly refer to it as a hornet. This unwelcome pest is around one inch in length and black and white in color. Hornets share many behaviors similar to a yellow jacket. Size is probably the easiest way to identify a hornet vs a yellow jacket. Hornets are very large whereas yellow jackets are very small.
Bald-faced hornets construct aerial nests that are a round shape, around the size of a basketball or football, and normally built in trees. European hornets will make their nests in above-ground areas such as attics, hollow trees, verandas, and inside walls. These types of nests oftentimes look like they are made of paper, but they are actually built from hornet saliva blended with collected wood. Hornets will only gather wood from wood that has not been painted.
Benefits Of Hornets
While hornets are known for their potential to cause a painful sting, they are actually very effective predators that help to stop an assortment of bugs that can otherwise grow to be pest infestations. Hornets are actually sociable insects therefore it is not likely you will observe independent hornets and instead will come across a bunch at one time.
They are really protective of the nests therefore it’s crucial that you never approach one. European hornets are less aggressive when compared to yellow jackets. and they are proud of guarding their own nest and can take intense measures when necessary to fend off any risk they might predict.
Boca Raton Hornet Removal
Definitely don’t try to handle the removal of hornets yourself! Especially when you don’t know how to dispose of them properly or you are not trained by a professional. When hornets are killed, they release an attack pheromone, this is an active chemical that signals other hornets in the area what is responsible for killing them, and what to attack. Sometimes even having a stain your clothes or having food with you will cause them to attack you for it.
It really is better to obtain guidance from your pest control professional when attempting any do-it-yourself attempts for hornet control. Call (561) 277-3335 to schedule one of our professionals to come out and safely handle your hornet problem.