Bald faced hornet and European hornet colonies are well on their way to peak numbers in Columbia, Ellicott City and central Maryland. Have you seen them?
Bald faced hornets have markings on their head that are black and white and they build nests covered in a paper sheath that are approaching the size of a basketball by July.
FACTS ABOUT THE BALD FACED HORNET
- They have 250-500 in a colony.
- They are vibration sensitive. Don’t HIT the branch they’re on!
- They are VERY, VERY, VERY aggressive.
FACTS ABOUT EUROPEAN HORNET
- They look like yellow jackets on steroids and usually construct nests in voids of trees and buildings.
- They have 200-400 workers in the average size colony.
- They are the only social wasp/hornet/bee to forage at night.
- Often can be seen flying around exterior lights in the summer.
- They are not as aggressive as the bald faced hornet.
- They do PACK a pretty painful sting.
- Bee suits are HIGHLY recommended when dealing with these colonies.
Some tips to keep HORNETS at bay:
- Put safety first. They can sting numerous times. Call us!
There are safe treatment options for you and your family. If you have an infestation, give us a call.