St. George is a wonderful place to live, with year-round sunshine and incredible opportunities for outdoor adventure. However, relaxing time spent outdoors can quickly go downhill when hornets are present. Unlike fuzzy honeybees, hornets are smooth and sleek. But like honeybees, hornets are capable of delivering very painful stings.

Hornet stings carry five times more poison than the stings of regular wasps, so it’s important to remove hornets before they become a threat to your family and pets. While a single hornet sting isn’t inherently dangerous, things get dicey when an individual is stung multiple times or is allergic to hornet venom. Typical reactions include swelling and redness in the area surrounding the sting, as well as significant pain.

What kind of hornets do I have to look out for in St. George?

Luckily, hornets are relatively easy to identify. Technically a kind of wasp, hornets are much larger than yellowjackets or common paper wasps, usually between 1 inch and 1.5 inches long. They are black (or sometimes brown) with yellow or white markings. Hornets build large, papery nests to lay their eggs in, usually in the springtime, and can often be found under the eaves of buildings, on tree branches, or on structures such as swing sets or clubhouses. Hornets are attracted to sugar and food scraps, so they often settle near areas used for outdoor eating.
These nests are home to large colonies of hornets, numbering up to 700. While individual hornets are not particularly aggressive, they are very territorial and will attack in swarms if they feel their nest is being threatened. Unlike other stinging insects, a single hornet can sting multiple times.

What general concerns should I have about hornets?

Hornets spend the winter in small, enclosed spaces such as foliage, piles of firewood, or home siding. Once the weather warms up, however, they build their nests and become much more active. If you have a hornet nest on your property, you’ll likely see large numbers of hornets flying around the area.
When you first realize you have a hornet infestation near your home, you may be tempted to attempt a DIY removal. However, it’s important to exercise caution. Remember, hornets become most aggressive whenever they feel threatened, and spraying a nest with wasp spray or water from the hose is likely to incense them further. It’s difficult to ensure that all the larvae inside a hornet nest are killed, which is why at-home removal attempts often don’t last long-term. If you have a large hornet infestation or a recurrent problem, it’s recommended that you seek out the services of a qualified extermination service to get rid of the insects for good.

How can Nature’s Gate help get rid of hornets?

Nature’s Gate Pest Control’s highly trained technicians have the experience and supplies to treat an infestation of hornets. Our approach is safe for your family, pets, and property and ensures that the insects will stay away. We take a customized approach to each extermination job: with your help, we’ll identify key problem spots and develop a strategy to eliminate your pest problem quickly and efficiently. Our professionals wear full protective gear so they can apply a kid-friendly and biodegradable solution of chemicals right to the hornet’s nest to halt its growth.
If you have a hornet problem that needs professional attention, contact us at Nature’s Gate Pest Control today!