Featured Pests – Wasps and Hornets.

Wasps and hornets are arguably one of the most feared pests among people. In addition to their painful stings, these insects are equipped with venom that causes serious allergic reactions in an estimated one to two million people in the United States. In some cases, these reactions can be fatal. Both species are dangerous and unpredictable, however hornets have been known to be more aggressive than wasps. Hornets will often sting without much provocation, while wasps will sting if they feel threatened or if their nests are disturbed. Because of this aggressive behavior, hornet and wasp problems often cause customers serious concern and distress. Due to their physical similarities, people often confuse wasps and hornets. The bald-faced hornet, most common in North America, is identified by its black and ivory white markings. The paper wasp is known to display dusty yellow to dark brown or black markings. Despite their visual similarities, their nests are unique in size, shape and location. Wasps tend to build their umbrella-shaped nests in protected spaces, such as attics, soil cavities and eaves. Hornet nests, on the other hand, tend to be larger, pear shaped and can be seen hanging from tree branches as well as eaves. Both adult species are predators and hunt other small insects. They are also attracted to sweet nectars and can often be found near fruit, flowers and on the sap of oak trees. Sweet food left outside by humans will also attract them, which is why they can sometimes become a nuisance at outdoor gatherings where food is near. For fast elimination and residual control of these menacing pests,...