What To Do If There Are Tons Of Hornets Around My Wilmington Home?

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Stinging insects, including bees, wasps, and hornets, can be beneficial to the natural environment by assisting with pollination and reducing the presence of many other types of unwanted pests. Unfortunately, these creatures may use their stinging capabilities against humans when they feel threatened, posing health risks. Among these flying insects is the European hornet, a species of wasp found in the U.S.

Experts believe the European hornet came from Europe or Asia, arriving in the eastern area of the U.S. in the 1800s. The species appears in colors of brown and yellow and commonly reaches 1 ½ inches in length. 

If you are struggling to determine how to get rid of wasps and hornets, this guide can help. Continue reading to learn more about these stinging insects and how professional Wilmington pest control can safely remove them from your property.

Hornets vs. Wasps: How To Spot The Difference

Wasps and hornets are similar in appearance, but it is possible to distinguish them. Wasps are often differentiated by their narrow waist and dangling, long legs that extend below their torso during flight. Wasps generally have gray wings, and their bodies and markings are often brown, black, yellow, or orange. Many wasps create “papery” nests that are often umbrella-shaped.

One type of wasp is the yellow jacket, which is exclusively yellow and black. Yellow jacket nests are constructed of a papery material, and you can find them above or below ground. You can see yellow jackets commonly at picnics, barbeques, and near trash containers containing food scraps. 

Hornets may appear in black, brown, white, and yellow colors and have a smooth, hairless body. They generally build somewhat rounded nests and position them at least a few feet above the ground. 

Ways To Deter Hornets In Wilmington

Knowing what attracts wasps and hornets is a critical factor in preventing the presence of these pests. Some of the best preventative measures include: 

  • Limiting access to food that is being prepared or consumed outdoors, and promptly covering or otherwise preventing access to leftovers. 
  • Disposing of food scraps in durable trash bags and placed in a sealed exterior garbage receptacle. 
  • Moving bird feeders away from the structure and retrieving any fallen fruits or other likely attractants.
  • Using natural options that may repel hornets to an extent, such as spearmint, eucalyptus, citronella, and peppermint oil.
  • Closely inspecting the exterior of the premises for any holes, cavities, or crevices that could be used as nesting sites and filling them. 

While these tips are worthwhile safeguards, a qualified pest control company should handle existing nests. 

What To Do If You Spot A Hornet Nest

Avoid the area and consult with a local pest control company after recognizing a nest that is likely home to stinging insects. In the meanwhile, remember to inform other occupants or visitors to the property of the nest location. A professional technician should visit the property and determine the most viable solution. 

Does Professional Pest Control Help With Hornets? 

The stinging insect control experts with Delmar Pest Control are familiar with the various types of wasps and hornets found in this region and the best practices for eliminating them. As a truly full-service provider, we will also assist customers with concerns, including bed bugs, rodents, termites, and other undesirable types of pests in the Wilmington area. Contact our office today to schedule an onsite property assessment and estimate. 

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