The Safest Way To Get Rid Of Hornets On Your Bradenton Property

9/10/2021

Hornets are a pest that you don’t want to mess with. They are one of the largest stinging insects you will encounter, and they pack the punch to match. Unlike some other stinging insects, hornets can sting repeatedly during an attack, leading to localized painful swelling. People who are allergic may see a more severe reaction that requires emergency medical treatment.

There are two types of hornets that we commonly see in Bradenton. They look different, but both should be treated with caution:

  1. Bald-faced hornets: They are black with a mostly white face. You will usually find their nests on utility poles, trees, or overhangs.

  2. European hornet: This hornet can grow to be an inch in size. They are brown in color with yellow stripes on their abdomen. They favor nesting in areas that are covered such as hollowed-out trees, barns, hollow walls, and attics.

As much as we may not like hornets, they do add value to the ecosystem. Like all stinging insects, they are instrumental in the fertilization of plants. They also prey on nuisance pests like flies, keeping their population under control. As long as they aren’t nesting near your home or areas where people congregate, hornets are best left alone.   

hornet crawling on soda can

Get The Most Out Of Your Garden

Everyone loves having 89a beautiful garden around their home. Colorful flowers brighten up your day every time you look at them, and gardening can be a great hobby. By choosing the right plants, you can create a garden that also deters hornets. Some plants that work to repel hornets and other stinging insect include:

  • Geraniums

  • Basil

  • Cucumber

  • Wormwood

  • Mint

  • Eucalyptus

  • Marigolds

  • Citronella

  • Pennyroyal

On the flip side, there are plants that can attract these stinging pests to your garden. Flowering plants like lilacs and hydrangeas should be avoided.

Ways To Prevent Hornets Around Your Home

If you’ve ever been stung by a hornet, you know how painful it is. You’ll also want to do everything possible to make sure it doesn’t happen to you or anyone in your family ever again. 

While keeping hornets away from your property can be a challenge because of how mobile they are, there are steps you can take to make your property less attractive to these pests:

  • Pick up fallen fruit from your yard.

  • Consider changing outdoor lights to yellow bulbs that are less attractive to stinging insects.

  • Seal cracks and crevices to keep them out of your house.

  • Fill in ground holes and other areas where they may be able to nest, including voids in your home or hollows in trees.

  • Store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.

  • Rinse food containers before throwing them away.

  • Avoid wearing excessive fragrances while outside.

For wasp deterrence, DEET and other insect repellent is generally ineffective against wasps and hornets.  

Professional Hornet Removal

If you are threatened by a single hornet or come across a nest, don’t panic. Swatting and flailing will only agitate them, leading to a more aggressive response. Remain calm and slowly walk away from the area where you encountered the pest. 

Hornets are a social species, so chances are if you see one, there are more around. Larger nests can contain up to 400 hornets, and they will react aggressively if their colony is threatened. For this reason, you should never try to handle a nest on your own. It can put you and everyone around at risk.

Instead, call us immediately. Our licensed pest control technicians will come inspect your property and determine the type of stinging insect that is threatening your home. We will safely remove or eliminate the nest and the insects living in it, so you can enjoy your backyard without fear of painful stings.

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