Bald Faced Hornet Nest Removal Service


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Here are a few important steps for successful Hornet Nest Control.

1. Entry Points:
2. Treating the outside your home:
3. Landscaping:
4. Sanitation:
5. Traps and Deterrents:

Entry Points:

There is no need to seal any holes on your house for hornets, as they do not build their nests in voids. Although it would be a good idea to seal up your home for other Wasps and pests.

Sealing any potential openings around the structure will help.

- Caulking around the base of external lights and outlets.
- Sealing around service wires or pipes entering your home.
- Sealing window frames and door frames.
- Garage Door seals
- Screening brick gaps above windows and around the base of your house.
- Screening bathroom and kitchen vents. Do not screen dryer vents.

Treating the outside your home:

As wasp nests grow, they become more visible and you can see the worker wasps coming and going from the nest, regular inspections can help reveal these nests. Whether the nest is visible or inside a hole (Yellow Jackets), it is best to treat these nests at the early stages.

If the nest is exposed and at the early stages, one my safely treat the nest with an off the self can of pesticide or knock it down with a broom or water from a hose. If you are not comfortable doing this call a Pest Professional. They have the equipment and experience to do the job quickly and safely to remove even the biggest nests. Do not attempt this while on a ladder

Landscaping:

Cutting the grass can help reveal wasps that have nested in a void in the ground (Yellow Jackets).

Trimming hedges might expose a nest also, both these scenarios can be dangerous especially when the nest has grown and the wasps become more defensive.

When trimming any hedges, one should tap the hedges with a rake to stir any potential nest before trimming.

Inspecting trees and bushes regularly can help detect nest earlier when they are smaller and safer to manage.

Sanitation:

Wasps such as Bald Faced Hornets, Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets are not great pollinators but rather opportunistic scavengers, that is why they always show up during a BBQ or picnic. These wasps eat anything available from insects to rotting food in a garbage can.

A few things you can do in your yard:

- Keep your BBQ clean.
- Keep garbage in a container, keeping the container clean.
- Pick up any fallen fruit.
- Remove any rotten piles of vegetation.
- Move your composter to the farthest corner.
- keep out door tables clean.

All these steps will help reduce the transient population, if one wasp finds resources in your yard that worker will transmit that to others in its colony.

Traps and Deterrents:

Wasp catcher:

They will not kill off a colony but will reduce the number of transient and foraging wasp.

Wasp catchers are cheap to purchase and or easy to make.

Place the catchers at the corners of your yard and even at the corners of your deck or sitting area, the idea is to surround your outdoor living area.

Fake Hornet nests:

They are just that, they are made to resemble Hornet Nests to deter a Wasp Queen from nesting in that area. Wasps and Hornets tend to dislike each other, Hornets being the stronger and more venomous of the two.

When placing fake nests, try to hang them in areas where you get the most coverage. Hang them off of the corners of your house, off of trees, gazeboes, and even play sets.

There has been a mixed response with this product. Some swear by it and others say it does not work, but since they are very inexpensive most find it worth trying. Remember, you must place the fake nest before Wasp Queens emerge from their winter sleep and start their colonies.


General Hornet Information

Appearance:

Bald Faced hornets are distinguished by their white and black colouring.
They are notably larger than other wasp species and average about 19 millimetres (0.75 in) in length.

Habits:

Search vegetation for prey.
Visit flowers for nectar.
Workers aggressively defend their nest by repeatedly stinging invaders.
Adult hornets are carnivorous, and will prey upon several insect types.
They have been observed consuming meat, spiders, fruit and insects.

Nests:

Nests are layered hexagonal combs covered by a mottled grey paper envelope.

Bald-Faced Hornets create this paper envelope by collecting and chewing naturally occurring fibres. The wood fibre mixes with their saliva to become a pulpy substance that they can then form into place.

Nests are generally located in trees and bushes but can be found under overhangs or the sides of buildings.

Colonies contain 400 to 700 workers. It builds a characteristic hanging paper nest.

Bald-faced hornets are minor pollinators.

Like other social wasps, bald-faced hornets have a caste system made up of the following:

Queens - fertile females which begin the colonies and lay eggs.
Workers - infertile females, which do the manual, labour.
Drones - males, which have no stingers, and are born from unfertilized eggs.

The bald-faced hornet lives throughout North America, including southern Canada, the Rocky Mountains, the western coast of the United States, and most of the eastern US.

They are most common in the south-eastern United States.

They are best known for their large football-shaped paper nest, which they build in the spring for raising their young.

These nests can sometimes reach 3 feet tall.

Bald-faced hornets are extremely protective of their nests and will sting repeatedly if disturbed.

Every year young queens that were born and fertilized the previous year start a new colony and raise their young.

In late summer and early fall, the queen begins to lay eggs, which will become drones and new queens. After pupation, these fertile males and females fly off to mate. Fertilized queens then winter over and start new colonies during the next year. Male and workers die in the end of the cycle. The old queen, if not killed by workers, die with them around mid autumn.

As winter approaches, the wasps die, except for young fertilized queens, which hibernate underground or in hollow trees. The nest is generally abandoned by winter, and will most likely not be reused. When spring arrives the young queens emerge, and the cycle begins again.

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