Identification

Hornets are social insects related to paper wasps. A colony of hornets lives inside a nest constructed of a paper-like material made from chewed wood fibers, mixed with saliva.

A fully developed hornet nest is composed of a 3 or 4 layer comb within the thick papery shell. A single opening at the bottom allows the hornets to fly in and out.

Like bees and wasps, hornets have a life cycle of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.

The Baldfaced hornet is a large, black hornet with whitish markings on the front of the head and at the end of the abdomen. the baldfaced hornet measures approximately 7/8″ long.

The European hornet is a stout hornet approximately 1″ long. The color of the head and thorax is dark reddish-brown with deep yellow, brown and black markings on the abdomen. These markings are similar to the markings found on yellow jackets.

European hornets frequently nest in hollow trees, but they will also use attics, sheds and hollow walls of homes.

Damage They Cause

Hornets typically do not cause physical damage to structures. Hornets become a problem only when they threaten to sting humans.

Hornets may become aggressive toward humans when disturbed around the nest-site, nest inside inhabited buildings or close proximity to a well used entrance of a building or walk-way.

Hundreds of people in the United States die each year from allergic reactions to the venom of hornets.

Hornet Control & Hornet Removal in Atlanta, Georgia

Commercial wasp and hornet aerosols are available to the public for treating wasp nests. These aerosols must be applied directly to the nest, not to individual wasps. These aerosols are excellent for treating nests that are easily accessible. Many of these contain pyrethroids. Some of these aerosols contain a “freezing” agent that stuns the hornet to prevent it from flying and stinging. Be very careful if you decide to use one of these products and be certain to follow the directions.

As for a nest in a hard to reach location, these aerosols are not always the best solution to the problem. If you have a hornet nest that is 30′ high and do not like the the thought of being on a ladder, you may want to contact a professional bee removal company, such as Urban Wildlife Control, to handle the hornet removal.

Another common problem for greater Atlanta residence is hornets entering the living space via the chimney, attic, wall, etc.

If you have a problem with hornets and would prefer to hire a professional bee and hornet removal company, feel free to give us a call.