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Hornet Control and Hornets' Nest Removal

Hornets nest under a roof soffit in Atlanta, Georgia

Juan snapped this picture of a handsome hornets' nest at an Atlanta hornets' nest removal job.

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.

Georgia Hornet Species

The two most common hornets in Georgia are the baldfaced hornet and the European hornet.

Baldfaced Hornets

Baldfaced hornet in someone's palm

Baldfaced 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

European hornet

European hornet

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.

Hornet Stings

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.

Hornet Control Gallery

Here are a few pictures of wasp and hornet control jobs we've done in Atlanta and throughout our Georgia service area.

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.


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by Richard Adcock
Nov 25, 2015 08:43:45 am.

Requoted a house in Atlanta, repairs got removes cause they got a new roof, down to Newnan for squirrels, then up to Suwannee for flyers and finished up back in Atlanta, squirrels again. Good day
by Chris Collender
Nov 24, 2015 08:33:27 am.

Rats seemed to have taken over all the way from Birmingham, Al, to Augusta, Ga. They are everywhere!
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Nov 23, 2015 02:59:25 pm.

Happy Thanksgiving week to everyone. We often get an influx of nuisance animal calls during the holidays. The reason for the influx seems to be guest in town staying in bedrooms not often used and those guests hearing critters in the attic.
by Richard Adcock
Nov 23, 2015 08:38:16 am.

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Nov 23, 2015 07:55:43 am.

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Nov 20, 2015 10:09:27 am.

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by Jason Arruda
Nov 20, 2015 09:21:17 am.

Lots of driving, went to snellville for bats, then off to Cummings for rats, Roswell for squirrels and rats(has had issues for ever), Duluth for squirrels, then to canton for rats again. Good times
by Chris Collender
Nov 19, 2015 11:43:16 am.

We have seen a little of everything today! Must be that nasty weather! Squirrels, rats, bats from Atlanta to Birmingham!
by Amber A.
Nov 18, 2015 03:14:22 pm.

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Nov 17, 2015 05:25:23 pm.

Headed to Athens today for a couple of meetings today. To ALL of you that refer Rid-A-Citter I want to say, Thank You!!!
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Nov 17, 2015 09:47:21 am.

Crazy day yesterday, stone mountain to quote a insulation where customer wants to get rid of his old rat dropping filled insulation, then to Winston to quote a rental property with flying squirrels, and last stop of the day, Atlanta, Rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 17, 2015 09:04:45 am.

Barely in the office 10 minutes and we already have a family of squirrels taking over a house in Roswell!
by Amber A.
Nov 17, 2015 08:45:08 am.

Beautiful day in the south! Finally the rain is gone and the sun is out.
by Richard Adcock
Nov 13, 2015 09:37:52 am.

Got a family of raccoons keeping a family in Alpharetta up at night! Off we go to investigate & solve the problem!
by Amber A.
Nov 13, 2015 08:20:11 am.

New Google+ Post: How NOT to Seal Rats and Other Animals Out of a House
by Webmaster
Nov 12, 2015 02:07:40 pm.

This morning I was in powder springs for squirrels, then to Rome for bats in the attic, now headed to Dalton,
by Chris Collender
Nov 12, 2015 10:49:09 am.

Animals are all over today. Got some bats in Macon & mice taking over Lawrenceville!
by Amber A.
Nov 11, 2015 12:55:20 pm.

Looks like Smyrna has some residents with rat issues. Nothing we can't handle!
by Amber A.
Nov 10, 2015 09:52:38 am.

New Google+ Post: Squirrel Chew Hole in a House in Marietta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2015 09:52:24 am.

Started off in Stockbridge, rats, then to Atlanta, for rats, then to lawrenceville, yeah squirrels, then got 2 jobs I quoted several years ago, ready to get there house animal free. Glad we could help
by Chris Collender
Nov 09, 2015 06:47:26 pm.

Rats seem to be heavy in Atlanta today! Luckily we have highly experenced technicians that can handle just about anything!
by Amber A.
Nov 09, 2015 09:09:40 am.

Rainy day for most of Georgia but it isn't keeping the bats out, especially in Macon!
by Amber A.
Nov 06, 2015 09:02:27 am.

Marietta rat job taken care of, now on my way to Alpharetta and then to Dacula for bats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 06, 2015 08:53:27 am.

Rid-A-Critter provides hornet control and hornets nest removal in:

Georgia: All of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Augusta, Carrollton, Columbus, Cummings, Dacula, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, and everywhere in between.

South Carolina: Please here for service in Aiken SC, Evans, Martinez, North Augusta, and the surrounding areas.

Alabama: Click here for our Alabama office.

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