Finding a hornet or wasp nest around your home can be potentially hazardous to yourself, your family and pets. Both can be extremely aggressive – stinging and swarming around people whenever they believe their nests are being threatened.
Hornets and wasps can be found around your north Virginia home in the autumn months of the year as the weather gets slightly cooler but isn’t cold enough to point of freezing. You’ll notice them during this time of year whenever you are outdoors and especially on occasions where food and drinks are involved.
There are several different types of hornets and wasps that can be found in the northern Virginia region, including: yellow jackets, bald faced hornets, European hornets, gold-digger wasp and the black wasp to name just a few.
Hornets and wasps usually make nests in small openings such as cracks or holes in wall, in outdoor furniture and inside of exterior light fixtures. You’ll also find hornets and wasp nests underneath eaves of homes and deck railings.
Unlike honey bees, who die as soon as soon as their stingers detach from their bodies after a sting, hornets and wasps can sting several times during an attack. Their stings can be extremely dangerous to anyone with allergies and can cause extreme discomfort and pain to anyone being stung. As such, it’s always important that no one try to get rid of a hornet or wasp nest by him or herself.
Some ways for you to prevent a hornet or wasp infestation include:
- Covering places where hornets and wasps like to gather, including overhangs, barns, sheds, and garages. You want to be sure you check the corners in any buildings on your property.
- Adding more lighting in and around places where hornets and wasps like to gather. The light prevents them from getting proper rest at night which all hornets and wasps regularly require.
- Filling in cracks and holes in and around your home including barns, sheds and garages to keep hornets and wasps from building nests in or entering these areas.
- Taking out the trash more often and covering up the trash area in general to prevent from rotting food to be exposed. Both hornets and wasps will gravitate towards to any place that provides a food source.
These are just a few tips to help prevent from infestations of any types of hornets or wasps – like for instance yellow jackets, bald faced hornets, European hornets, gold-digger wasp and the black wasp. The best protection is to always take preventative measures long before a problem even develops. You want to keep yourself, family and pets safe from any threat.
And if you already have a problem, the safest and surest way to get rid of a wasp or hornet infestation around your home is to have it done by a professional who will have that control solutions and the proper gear. Professionals will also take steps to prevent future nests from appearing in the same location.