Castle Rock Hornet Control Solutions
Hornets, like many social wasps, can swarm to sting in defense. This is highly dangerous to humans and other animals. Wasps are more hazardous than bees, but both shouldn’t be allowed to persist on your property. If you’re concerned about hornets living on your property, there are solutions you can implement to limit the infestation. Call OMNIS Pest Control, your Castle Rock hornet control experts.
What Are Hornets?
Hornets are wasps that closely resemble yellow jackets. They have black and white markings with long antennae. There are about 20 species, and the insects are native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. Hornets have a life span of just a few months, but the queen of a hornet nest will typically survive through the winter.
Hornets construct their hives by chewing wood into a papery pulp that they use for construction. The hive is where hornets mature from egg to adult. Queens are dominant in hornet hives and the only females that reproduce within a hive. A majority of other hornets are asexual female works that perform necessary duties like gathering food, building the hive, and protecting the colony. Most nests have very few male hornets, as their only role is mating with the queen. Once a male has mated, they usually die soon after.
Hornet Life Cycles
If you’re in a region that experiences cold winters, you may still need Castle Rock hornet control during the winter season. You’re probably wondering why you don’t see many hornets in the winter. Well, in colder climates, hornet nests are generally abandoned in the winter. Only young queens and their eggs survive the season by finding safe areas under tree bark or inside homes. In the spring, these queens start a new nest, and their young become workers that perform vital tasks in the new hive. In addition, the queen tends to reproduce in hopes of producing more workers to expand the hive before she dies. Typically, the queen also produces a new breeding generation of queens and males that restart the cycle of life.
Are Hornets Dangerous?
Worker hornets defend their hives with their incredibly potent stingers. This is especially true for murder hornets, which are a more dangerous hornet species. While hornets don’t normally sting humans unless provoked, some people are highly allergic to hornet venom. If you are allergic, you may experience a severe reaction to stings. This is why hornets are often considered one of the more dangerous pests to have on your property.
Hornets defend their nests aggressively, so you shouldn’t ignore a nest that’s on your property. Some people attempt to poison or destroy nests on their own, but this can aggravate the hornets and make them even more aggressive. So instead, call Castle Rock hornet control to take care of the infestation for you.
Getting Rid Of Hornets
At OMNIS Pest Control, we provide professional hornet nest removal services that are effective and designed to prevent future infestations. Our team of licensed pest control experts uses specialized treatment methods that are safe for both people and the environment. We use targeted insecticides that specifically target hornets and their nests, leaving other beneficial insects unharmed.
Our process involves a thorough inspection of your property to identify the location of the hornet nests. The nests are then safely removed, and our team applies a residual insecticide to the area to prevent re-infestation. We also offer preventative treatments that can stop hornets from building nests in the first place. Our preventive options include sealing entry points and applying insecticides in areas where hornets are known to nest, as well as ongoing monitoring and maintenance to ensure your property remains hornet-free.
Here are the steps we follow to remove hornets from our client’s property.
Identify The Hornets’ Nest
Hornets are highly social, so if you see them around your home, there’s likely a nest nearby. The nests are distinct, so you’ll know them when you see them. Like most wasps, hornets’ nests are papery. Hornets’ nests are more distinct because they usually have an upside-down teardrop shape with a small circular opening at the bottom. Up to 1,000 hornets can live within the typical nest, so removing nests is essential before the population grows substantially.
Hornets prefer to build their nests in secure locations: deep in a tree or bush, tucked into a building’s crevices, or underneath the eaves of a home or shed. Some hornets even burrow into the soil, making them harder to find.
Use Insecticide On The Nest
Insecticides are a type of pesticide that is designed to kill insects. They are generally made up of a combination of chemicals lethal to various insect species, including hornets. These compounds target the insects’ nervous system, causing paralysis and death.
When it comes to hornet nests, applying insecticide directly to the nest is the most effective method of eradication. Our technicians are trained to identify the location of the nest and the best method of approach. This may involve using a specialized spray that can reach deep into the nest or applying a dusting agent that will stick to the hornets and cause them to spread throughout the nest.
It’s important to note that insecticides can be dangerous if not used correctly. That’s why we always recommend leaving the job to the professionals. Our technicians are fully trained and equipped to safely and effectively handle insecticides, ensuring that you and your family are not at risk.
Remove And Dispose Of The Nest
Wasps can be dangerous and aggressive, and their stings can result in painful swelling and even life-threatening anaphylactic shock in some individuals.
At OMNIS Pest Control, we utilize our expertise to ensure a complete removal and disposal of the wasp nest. Our trained technicians use protective gear and specialized equipment to safely remove the nest and dispose of it in an environmentally responsible manner.
It is essential to understand that wasp nests should not be removed and disposed of by untrained individuals as it can increase the risk of harm from the wasps. Attempting to remove the nest can provoke the wasps and lead to an aggressive response, which can put the individual at risk of multiple stings.
Our removal process involves a thorough inspection of the area to identify all entry points and active wasp activity. Our technicians then carefully apply specialized treatments to the nest, ensuring complete elimination of the threat and preventing them from returning.
Keeping Hornets Away
To keep hornets from entering your home, you should close off entry points in the foundation or walls. Hornets are crafty insects that can get into tiny cracks searching for food and a new place to build a nest. Foundation cracks are the perfect entry point, so fill and seal them before hornets can enter. You should also seal areas around the windows and gaps in exterior walls.
Another tip for keeping hornets away is that you should keep garbage cans clean and contained. The smell of garbage on a hot summer day can easily attract hornets. Rinse out your trash can any time you notice a significant odor, and if the hornet problem persists, contact a Castle Rock hornet control provider.