Chandler Hornet Extermination
Like other stinging insects, hornets gravitate toward flowers, gardens, trees, and shrubbery in their search for plant nectar. Unfortunately, their stings are unsanitary and dangerous, and necessitate a prompt hornet treatment by a licensed pest controller. Chandler Pest Control Pros offers the best hornet extermination services for times when hornet colonies get out of control and appear in undesired locations.
According to the National Pest Management Association, hornets often build troublesome nests and hives in backyards and rafters. Unlike other stinging insects, hornets tend to be most active at night. They may enter your home or business through attics, open windows, garages, or doors.
Like wasps and other stinging insects, hornets can chew through plasterboard, wood, and various other materials, especially when agitated. Agitated hornets who become trapped inside your home or business can cause extensive damage that can be costly to repair. Contact us today for a free consultation for your hornet extermination!
Common Types of Hornets
Most hornets are pests, and there are several species of pest hornets that can be found in Arizona. Baldfaced hornets, Asian giant hornets, and European hornets are the 3 species of hornets found in North America, and all of them have appeared in Arizona.
What Hornets Look Like
Hornets tend to have a thin waist, six long legs, an elongated body, a pair of antennae, and two wings. Most hornets are brown in color with yellow stripes and coloration, but they may contain reddish or rust-colored dots or stripes.
While adult hornets often share similar traits of yellowish-brown coloring to bees and wasps, they are easily distinguishable by their larger body size. Adult hornets grow from 3/4 to over 1 inch long, depending on the species.
Hornet Sting Risks
Hornet stings can cause side effects such as pain, irritation, allergic reactions, infections, nausea, and vomiting, and sometimes even death in infants, children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. Hornets and other stinging insects are especially active from midsummer to early fall, and send over 500,000 people to emergency rooms each year.
Never approach a hornet colony, hive, or swarm without first contacting a licensed pest controller or putting on full protective equipment such as a complete stinging insect suit (aka a “bee suit”). People who attempt DIY hornet exterminations often are stung through their clothes multiple times and need an expensive trip to the ER. Periodically check for hornets and other stinging insects, and have a hornet treatment plan in place with your exterminator should they appear.
Surviving Hornet Attacks
If you are attacked by hornets, run for immediate shelter inside a vehicle or a building, and then begin to remove any stingers. If you see someone else being attacked by hornets, advise them to seek shelter, but do not assist unless you are in a full protective suit, since angry hornets will also attack anyone they think is helping their attacker.
Hornet Sting First Aid
If you are providing first aid to someone who has experienced a hornet sting, the first step is to quickly remove the stinger debris. When removing the stinger debris, avoid pinching it with tweezers or pliers but pop it out with something solid and flat like a credit card.
After removing the hornet stinger remains, do not pierce, rub, or scratch the affected area, since that causes the venom from the sting to spread. Once the stinger debris has been completely removed, remove all contaminated clothing. Cleanse the site of the sting with soap and warm water, and apply an antiseptic and a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling. If stung multiple times, remove all stinger remains before washing the affected areas.
Due to the large size of hornets, always consult a medical professional if stung. If the hornet sting victim is feeling nauseated or ill, or if the reaction is more swollen than a small skin welt, seek immediate medical attention. In situations where a person’s immune system overreacts or underreacts to hornet stings, anaphylaxis can cause unconsciousness or death.
Hornet Extermination Services
Hornet exterminations begin with identifying any standing water sources and plants that are providing possible nectar and other food sources for the hornet colony. We recommend inspecting water sources, flowerpots, and gardens for possible sources of attraction for hornets. Additionally, when preparing for hornet treatments, we also look for possible entrances that hornets may find to enter indoor spaces from outside.
When removing hornet hives and treating hornet infestations, we always wear full stinging insect protective suits (aka “bee suits”) and other PPE to ensure our and your safety as we apply insecticides and clean up any unwanted hives. We understand the importance of complete hornet extermination and the risks that agitated hornets pose, especially due to their comparatively large size. Hornets will attack when they perceive a threat to their queen.
We will thoroughly mitigate hornet risks by applying special-purpose insecticides such as Stryker Bee, Wasp, and Hornet Killer or Stryker 54 to kill the entire hornet colony, including the queen hornet. Depending on the species of hornet, we may also apply other effective pesticides such as Tempo Dust or PT Bee, Wasp, & Hornet in our hornet treatments.
For indoor hornet infestations, we may choose to apply common indoor pesticides such as Stryker 54, LambdaStar Ultra Cap 9.7, PT 565, D-Fense Dust, or Cyper WSP instead.
Like other stinging insect colonies, hornet colonies can survive for decades. Hornets swarm infrequently, but they tend to do so when the colony outgrows its hive. While only one hornet queen lays eggs, other female hornets stay in the colony and tend to the eggs the queen lays. When the queen hornet dies, another female in the colony will take her place. Like bees and other stinging insects, hornets will swarm on occasion.
Most hornets are not naturally inclined to be aggressive, although in some cases the African “murder hornets” can be an exception. Typically, hornets will not attack unless they feel trapped or threatened. Hornets are defensive insects and will attack only if they feel that their colony or hive has been threatened.
Always ask your exterminator to do all hornet treatments to eliminate undesirable potential or actual hornet hive locations. Never attempt to perform a hornet extermination or remove a hornet hive yourself, as DIY hornet removal projects often end with a trip to the ER. Also, remember that DEET and other common bug repellents are often ineffective against hornets.
To prevent hornet infestations, keep food and garbage in sealed containers and consider installing yellow bulbs in your exterior light fixtures.