Hornets are among the most dangerous insects that NJ pest control services deal with during the summer months. These large stinging insects have painful stings and are known for being highly aggressive if their nests are threatened. Here’s some more information you should know about hornets in NJ.
Hornets make nests with a mix of saliva and pulp that resembles paper. These nests are where they lay their eggs, which typically hatch in spring. Hornet colonies are led by a queen, who is the only one to reproduce. Other colony members include a few males and a number of females who help make the hive, feed the queen’s offspring and protect the colony.
Female hornets gather food and feed on tree sap and other insects, such as flies. Males only mate with the queen and usually die shortly afterwards. If hornets feel threatened, they’ll sting using stingers that don’t have barbs, which allow them to sting multiple times.
Hornet queens usually find somewhere safe to spend the winter months, while the rest of the colony dies. They emerge from these safe places in spring, lay their eggs and have their young help build a new colony. After producing a new colony, the queen dies and a new one takes over.
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Stinging insects keep our Monmouth County pest control professionals busy during summer. While many bees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets have stingers, some of these species are capable of delivering stings that are much more powerful and painful than others.
How can you tell what kind of stinging pest you have on your property? We’ll help you learn the difference between hornets, paper wasps and yellow jackets. Let’s start off with how to identify wasps.
Unlike bee species, Paper wasps have thin bodies with no hair. They also have a stinger that does not fall off. Instead, paper wasps can deliver multiple stings at a time.
Paper wasps build nests under eaves and in other areas that provide them with some protection. These open paper nests typically resemble an umbrella. Paper wasps have colonies that normally consist of less than 100 insects, which is smaller than hornet and yellow jacket colonies.
Paper wasps feed on live insects. Unlike yellow jackets and some bee species, they are not drawn to sweet foods and drinks that people leave outside. While this makes them less of a nuisance to those who are outside, these insects can still sting when provoked or threatened.
If you have stinging wasps on your property, our Monmouth County pest control experts are here to help. Contact Allison Pest Control for safe and effective wasp removal.
Have you noticed a grayish papery-looking mass on the side of your house? If so, you might have a paper wasp infestation which should be removed by your best Monmouth County pest control company, Allison Pest Control.
Paper wasps, also known as umbrella wasps, range in size from 0.7 to 1 inch long and are yellow and black in color. They get their name from their unique nest structures, which are built with chewed wood fibers and plant stems mixed with saliva. They look like a honeycomb but are grayish-brown in color. The paper wasp family also includes hornets and yellow-jackets, which also build paper nests.
Paper Wasp Nests
A true paper wasp nest is identified by the open combs and a stalk that anchors the nest, including attaching under the eaves or onto the sides of houses. Nest size can range from small to large depending on the age of the wasp colony and nest.
While paper wasps have been found to be beneficial garden insects, they will attack if they feel threatened. Because their sting is painful and also a possible fatal anaphylactic reaction, a paper wasp nest should be removed by a Monmouth County pest control company and should not be attempted by the homeowner.
If you feel that you are dealing with a paper wasp infestation, call Allison Pest Control today for safe wasp nest removal.