Homeowners can distinguish hornets from other wasps by their large size, potent stings, and heightened aggression. The only true hornet in the U.S. is the European hornet. People risk painful stings when these pests live in or near houses.
Identifying European Hornet Nests
Hornets favor secluded spaces, like tree hollows, to keep their homes out of sight. They usually build nests over six feet off the ground. European hornets cover their nests with coarse, paper-like sheets made from wood fiber to protect and camouflage them.
Property owners are likely to find a European hornet nest in sheltered areas within attics, wall voids, barns, and sheds. At most, residents may see a small corner of light brown nesting material peeking out from its hiding place. Abandoned nests are also a common occurrence, as queens start new colonies in different sites every spring.
Control and Removal
Property owners should never approach a hornet nest in the house or yard. Without training in proper use of pesticides, any attempt to spray the insects may have disastrous results. These pests have smooth stingers that allow for multiple attacks and are quick to defend their homes. Residents can contact Western Pest Services to remove hornet nests safely.