Hornet control and hornets' nest removal are among our most in-demand summer services. As the Georgia summer gets hotter, hornets become more active and stay that way into the fall.
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 effective, but the problem is that you get exactly one chance to get the insecticide stream into the hole. If you miss, the entire colony of hornets will attack you.
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.
Although commonly referred to as hornets, baldfaced hornets technically aren't hornets at all. They're wasps. We'll call them hornets, however, because that's what most folks call them.
Baldfaced hornets are the most aggressive wasps and the most common hornets 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 (who really are hornets, by the way) are larger than baldfaced hornets. Workers average about an inch in length, and queens can be even larger. They also produce a loud and intimidating buzz. Despite their size and their buzz, however, European hornets are considerably less aggressive than baldfaced hornets. They'll attack en masse if they feel threatened or if they are accidentally swatted at, sat upon, or otherwise bothered; but they're less likely to attack people at a distance for the sheer joy of it.
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, their droppings can result in a powerful, sickening stench. Sometimes the smell is the first clue a homeowner notices that they have a European hornet problem.
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 (especially baldfaced hornets) are fiercely protective of their nests and will attack in great numbers if they feel 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.
Rid-A-Critter provides professional hornet control throughout North Central Georgia. We have the know-how and equipment to safely remove stinging insects from your property at reasonable cost, no matter where they are nesting. Please contact us for prompt, professional control of hornets or for any stinging insect problem.