There are just about twenty varieties of genuine hornets across the globe. The sole specie of a true hornet inside the U.S. is the European hornet (Vespa crabro). As its label indicates, the European hornet is certainly an added species which arrived in the U.S. from Europe and has now adapted to several areas of the United States. You’ll be able to identify the European hornet by viewing the coloration and size; brown and yellow, one and a half inches in length.
Yet another typical pest which you have more than likely read about, the ‘bald-faced’ hornet, isn’t a genuine hornet. This unwelcome pest is usually one inch in length and black and white colored. The tendencies and routines of the European hornet as well as the bald-faced hornet are quite similar to yellow jackets; which are actually wasps. Size is essentially the most easily regarded variation given that yellow jackets are smaller compared to hornets.
Bald-faced hornets make aerial nests, round in shape, around the dimensions of a football or basketball and typically erected in trees. European hornets tend to make their particular nests in secluded, above-ground regions such as empty trees, attics, verandas and inside of wall voids.
These particular nests typically resemble ‘paper’ but they’re constructed from the hornet’s spit combined with the wood material they accumulated to construct the nest. During the nest-building time of the year, it may not be bizarre to observe a hornet scraping away a very thin layer of wood off a wood fence, an old log or the outside of an unpainted wooden building.
While hornets are recognized for their ability to cause an excruciatingly painful sting, they are also helpful predators that assist to stop a variety of insects that can otherwise grow to be pests. Hornets are sociable so it’s unlikely you will notice independent hornets and instead will see a bunch at a time.
They can be extremely protective of the nests so it’s important that you never approach one when you locate one. European hornets are less hostile than yellow jackets and they are proud of safeguarding their own home and will certainly take significant measures if necessary to fend off any kind of threat they may predict.
We recommend seeking the help, advice or assistance of a professional when considering any action to handle a hornet nest. If you have questions, we have the answers. Call our hornet control Palm Beach Gardens experts today at (561) 232-3574.