What is a Hornet and How Can I Make Sure I Protect Myself from Them?

Many people cannot tell the difference between hornets and wasps and sometimes even bees. Hornets are a kind of wasp, the biggest in the wasp family as a matter of fact. Hornets live much like other wasps, constructing nests that are anchored into wood and other paper-like surfaces. You should be worried about hornets because they have a sting that is quite painful and they can swarm. If you have them near your home you should have them removed immediately. If there are just a few of them you can do the removal yourself but if you are looking at a large swarm it is always better to call in professional pest control just like you would if you were dealing with pests.

The first thing you should know when you see a hornet in your home is that there is a nest somewhere. Hornets, like we said, like to attach their nests to wood so the nest could be in a tree, in the attic on a beam somewhere or in multiple other places in your home where there is wood. To keep yourself safe from hornets you have to find this nest and remove it. They will build again almost immediately but you have to keep knocking each new nest down until the hornets give up. They usually give up because they build nests in order to lay eggs. Kill enough of their eggs and they will find a new location.

Hornet nests come in different sizes and its size is what will tell you whether you can do the removal yourself or whether you need to call in the professionals. They usually start out the size of a golf or tennis ball. You can remove a small nest like this by smashing it with a brick. This closes the nests and since the hornets cannot get back in they have to build a new one. Nests that are bigger should be treated with hornet spray. Make sure you buy the kind called jet spray as they have the ability to travel much further.

There are cases, however, where nests can be as big as footballs. In such a case you MUST call the professionals. One such company, that serves the areas of Leamington Spa, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Warwick, Coventry & surrounding areas is Avon Pest Control. They have all the necessary equipment to clear hornets’ nests while ensuring that everyone remains safe. You can find out more by visiting their website, http://www.avon-pestcontrol.co.uk/

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