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Get Help with Hornets

Did you know that hundreds of people die from hornet stings every year? They’re as dangerous as bee stings and wasp stings, especially for those who are allergic to the venom. Yet hornets themselves are more dangerous because they are very, very aggressive when it comes to defending their nests—and they tend to like building their nests rather close to ours. Each hornet can also sting a person multiple times, unlike bees, which can only sting a person once.

If you’ve ever gotten a sinking feeling the moment you walked outside because you spot a hornet’s nest hanging in your front entryway then you know exactly what we mean. Many of the spots that hornets choose for nest-building purposes are dangerous to humans: we also see them on the sides of homes (threatening the yard), on the sides of commercial buildings (threatening high-traffic walkways), and inside chimneys and walls, where they threaten people right inside of the buildings that we all count on for shelter and protection.

When there are hornets about you can’t even safely enjoy a Coke outdoors! Hornets love sugary substances, and the last thing you want to do is pick up your drink only to get stung on the lips or in your mouth by an opportunistic hornet who wanted your drink.

How to prevent hornets in the future

Hornets are drawn to nesting sites that keep them close to food sources. Securing your garbage and having it removed on a regular basis is one of the best ways to keep hornets from choosing your property. Garbage usually has plenty of great food for hornets such as Coke bottles with some fluid left inside of it, or melon rinds. They also like to eat other insects—and exposed garbage is a great place to find flies, gnats, and other favorite foods.

Why you should avoid trying to tackle hornets on your own

First, it is important to wear safety equipment when you’re trying to control hornets. You can only control hornets by treating the nest, and that means getting close to the very thing that the hornets are trying to protect. While some over-the-counter sprays do allow you to treat the nest at a distance there is no guarantee that some hornets will not catch on and come after you. In addition, it’s all too easy to accidentally hit another human being with these highly toxic and dangerous chemicals.

Second, nests that are thirty feet above ground or higher can be even more dangerous to remove since you will have to get on a ladder in addition to risking an assault upon the nest.

Hornet nests that are actually located inside of your chimneys or walls are even more dangerous to remove.

Note that traps don’t work. Again, treating the nest is the only way to get rid of hornets.

Tackling the nest is a risk you don’t want to take on your own. Call 770-331-4216 or e-mail info@urbanwildlifecontrolga.com to schedule your mole removal appointment today.