Hornet control and hornets' nest removal are among our most in-demand summer services. As the Georgia summer gets hotter, hornets become more active.
Hornets have a well-deserved reputation for delivering multiple, painful stings, making hornet control a job for professionals. Over-the-counter "wasp-freeze" products can be very effective, but the problem is that you get exactly one chance to get the insecticide stream into the hole. If you miss... Well, it's just not a good thing.
Professional exterminators with the most modern and effective materials suit up in protective gear to take care of hornet problems. If professionals have that kind of respect for the stinging prowess of hornets, that tells you something.
The two most common hornets in Georgia are the baldfaced hornet and the European hornet.
Baldfaced hornets are the most aggressive wasps in Georgia. They're hardy, ever-vigilant, aggressive, and unpredictable. Walking within three feet of a baldfaced hornets' nest is like asking to be stung, but hornets often attack people who walking ten feet or more away from their nests.
Baldfaced hornets' nests are built of paper and usually are suspended from trees or structures, but sometimes they build nests in the ground or in hollow trees or other voids. Typically, two or three "sentry" hornets circle around the nest opening and watch for potential threats. If the sentries sense danger, they immediately alert the rest of the troops. When that happens, watch out!
Because hornets often build their nests in very high, difficult-to-reach places, many exterminators are unable — or afraid — to treat them. Not us. At Rid-A-Critter, we can handle any hornet control job, no matter how high the nest is. We have ladders, scaffolding, lifts, and even bucket trucks at our disposal, so we can handle the hornet control jobs that other Georgia exterminators can't.
European hornets are much larger than baldfaced hornets, often growing to an inch and a half in length. But despite their large size and intimidating buzz, European hornets are considerably less aggressive than baldfaced hornets. But they'll still attack en masse if they feel threatened or if they are accidentally swatted at, sat upon, or otherwise bothered.
Unlike baldfaced hornets, European hornets rarely build exposed or suspended nests. Most commonly, European hornets build their nests in hollow trees and other void areas. When they build their nests inside buildings, a powerful stench can result from their droppings.
Hornets are very unpredictable insects. In fact, when people say they got stung by a hornet just for looking at it funny, they're probably right. Hornets are fiercely protective of their nests and will attack — often in great numbers — if they feel even the slightest bit threatened.
When that happens, watch out! Hornets usually attack in great swarms that may number in the hundreds or thousands of individuals, and they can fly faster than any human being can run.
Hornet stings are very painful and can cause serious allergic reactions. Even people who are not particularly allergic to insect stings sometimes have to be hospitalized after being being attacked by an entire hornet colony. Hornets' nests in close proximity to areas where humans live, work, or play must be removed, and do-it-yourself hornet control is a bad idea because of the difficulty and risks involved.
Here are a few pictures of wasp and hornet control jobs we've done in Atlanta and throughout our Georgia service area.
Baldfaced hornets' nest in Rockmart, Georgia
Bald-faced hornet at a house in Jasper
European hornets collected in Carrollton, GA
European hornet control job in Griffin, Georgia
European hornet nest in early stage contruction
Atltanta hornet removal job high up on a soffit
Hornet removal job in Stockbridge, Georgia
Hornet control job in Alpharetta, Georgia
Hornet removal job in Covington, Georgia
Hornet control job in Dallas, Georgia
Hornets' nest hanging from rafters in Rome, GA
Hornets' nest removal - Powder Springs, Georgia
Hornets' nest removal in Flowery Branch
Nest removed at a Roswell hornet removal job
Hornets nest with sentries on duty by entry hole
Hornets nest removal job in McDonough
Hornets' nest removal in Roswell, Georgia
Hornet nest removal job in Roswell, GA
Inside of hornets nest after it was treated
Chris S. Removing a Hornets' Nest from a House
Close-up of hornets nest showing sentries
Rid-A-Critter provides professional hornet control in Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Roswell, and throughout North Central Georgia. We have the know-how and equipment to safely remove stinging insects from your property, no matter where they are nesting. Please contact us for prompt, professional control of hornets or for any stinging insect problem.