If you’ve ever been stung by a hornet, you know it’s an extremely painful experience. Some people will only have an itchy bump for a few days, but for others, a hornet sting can be life-threatening. In Northern VA area, hornets will build their nests in yards and under eaves, causing concern to homeowners.
Hornets are passive creatures when away from their nests, but they have a reputation for being aggressive towards humans. The fact of the matter is that hornets are only aggressive when disturbed or feel like their colony is being threatened. For this reason, it’s best practice to hire a local Northern VA pest control exterminator to properly perform hornet nest removal around your Northern VA home. At Fox, we want to help you get rid of hornets so you can feel safe and comfortable in your own yard.
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You might already know for sure that you have a hornet problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of a hornet infestation in Northern VA.
You might see one flying around the house, yard, or garden.
These are always physical nests built above the ground, usually in trees or on soffits. They can range in size from a golf ball to a basketball. Leave hornet nest removal in Northern VA to the professionals!
Some types of wasps make nests underground, underneath house siding, or in gutters. You’ll know you have hornets (or another type of wasps) if you see them flying in and out of specific places in or around your home.
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If you see wasps or hornets around your home, that means there's a nest somewhere nearby,
and removing it can be dangerous.
When wasps or hornets feel threatened, they get aggressive and sting.
At Fox Pest Control, we have the right safety equipment to take care of these threatening pests so you can enjoy your yard again.
We take care of your wasp and hornet problems by sending one of our certified pest pros to inspect your home and yard.
After locating any nests, our pest pro will apply the most effective treatment for your problem.
Once the wasps or hornets have been eliminated, we will remove the nest if possible.
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Hornets are extremely tough insects, and they’re difficult to keep away from your home when you’re trying to do it alone. Fox Pest Control in Northern VA is here so you don’t have to feel alone. Whether the hornets are building nests in your eaves and soffits, in the siding of the house, in a tree, or in the ground, we have the tools to keep you safe. Our treatments will get rid of wasps for you and make your home safe and comfortable again.
Some people are allergic to hornet stings. When stung, they are at risk to go into anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening.
For most people in Northern VA, stinging insects like hornets don’t usually cause more than a painful welt and some swelling. However, too many stings could cause life-threatening reactions. Better safe than sorry, call Fox Pest Control to get rid of hornets!
Like many other stinging wasps, hornets can sting you multiple times because their stinger is straight. By contract, honey bees have a barbed stinger, they can only sting once and then die.
In general, hornets eat crop-destroying insects and insect pests, which makes them beneficial in the wild.
Some hornets contribute to plant pollination the way honey bees do, although no hornets are as effective at plant pollination as native bees.
Some species of hornets also eat flower nectar and pollen, just like bees, which means some hornets help plants by pollination. Although, no pollinating insects are quite as efficient pollinators as native bees.
Most hornets only eat meat and other insects. However, there are some types of hornets that also eat flower nectar and pollen.
Some hornet species in Northern VA can make a small amount of honey that they regurgitate for their larvae to eat. However, they don’t collect pollen the way honey bees do.
Wasps. A wasp is a general group of flying, stinging insects that eat meat, can sting multiple times, and are either solitary or make colonies. This means that hornets, yellow jackets, mud daubers, and paper wasps are all types of the general “wasp” group.
Bees. All bees are hairy and have short wings. They can either be yellow and black or entirely black. Bees are neither bumblebees nor wasps. Of the thousands of types of bees, carpenter bees and honey bees are the most common.
Bumblebees. All bumblebees are closely related to wasps, but they are neither bees nor wasps. They have stubby wings and fat, hairy bodies that are black and yellow. They often make small colonies underground.
Asian giant hornets are a very large hornet that lives in colonies. They usually kill colonies of honey bees all at once in order to eat their larvae.
They can grow to about 2 inches long, with yellow heads and either yellow-and-black stripes or yellow-and-brown stripes on their abdomen.
As of December 2019, Asian giant hornets, Vespa mandarinia, were spotted in Washington State. Their native range is mainly in the eastern parts of Asia, so they don’t belong in the U.S. That makes them an “invasive species.”
Asian giant hornets can be very aggressive if you mess with their nest, but contrary to their “murder hornet” name, they won’t come after you as killer bees do.
Contrary to their nickname, Asian giant hornets are not usually aggressive and don’t go after people unless you handle them or threaten their nest. But their sting can be deadly if enough of them sting you, especially for those allergic to wasp stings. Globally, up to a few dozen people die from these wasps every year.
The main difference is in size, though there are differences in coloration.
Asian giant hornets are about 2 inches long, and they have a yellow head with yellow and black or yellow and brown stripes on their abdomen.
Cicada killers are usually 1.5 inches long, and they are black or dark brown with yellow stripes and a dark-colored head. Cicada killers are solitary.
European hornets are between 3/4 and 1.5 inches long. They are usually brown with yellow stripes and pale colors on their heads.
The way you can clearly identify them is that the Asian giant hornet is huge! It’s the biggest known wasp species, measuring around 1.5 - 2 inches in length for the worker wasps. The Asian giant hornet also has a unique color pattern. Its head is completely yellow, and its abdomen has either yellow and black or yellow and brown stripes.
Even though the mainstream media has labeled these hornets as “murder hornets,” in reality these wasps don’t go rampaging and killing people as the name suggests.
Sadly, these wasps are murderous against honey bees. A few Asian giant wasps are capable of completely slaughtering a honey bee colony of 30,000 to 50,000 individuals in just a span of a few hours!
If you think you may have come across the Asian giant wasp, don’t hesitate to call your state department of entomology extension office to confirm the identification.
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