Both wasps and hornets are stinging insects that tend to nest in trees, under siding, in gutters and other unwelcome locations around your home. They are generally more aggressive than bees and they can sting multiple times. Wasp and hornet stings are also typically more painful than that of a bee, and pose a greater risk to humans, killing thousands of people each year due to allergic reactions.
Wasps are members of the Vespidae family, which includes paper wasps, yellow jackets and hornets. Most wasps have two sets of wings, thin waists and smooth, shiny bodies. While only the females have stingers, they have the ability to sting repeatedly. Wasps are very territorial, and will attack if they feel their nest is threatened.
Hornets are a subset of wasps. Although they are not native to North America, the European hornet is now widespread on the East Coast of the U.S. and hornets can be found in Albany, Lake George, Plattsburgh, Vermont and everywhere in between. Hornets are generally a little bit rounder and fatter than wasps and can be more aggressive.
How to Get Rid of Wasp & Hornet Nests
Due to the territorial behavior and extremely aggressive nature of wasps and hornets, we highly recommend contacting a pest control professional if you find a nest. Make sure to keep pets and children well out of harm’s way until the hive has been removed and exterminated.
Nature’s Way Pest Control uses protective gear, specialized equipment and professional-grade products to remove wasps and hornets from your property. If you see wasp or hornet activity, contact us for a free inspection. Call (518) 745-5958 in New York and (802) 855-2978 in Vermont.