Here's Why You Should Never Attempt To Get Rid Of A Hornets' Nest


On Your Maryland Property On Your Own

As a kid, you learned to associate things with certain emotions. Birthdays are happy, funerals are sad, the first dates are awkward, and being stung is extremely painful. If you were stung at a young age, you might still have a deep fear of stinging insects. Even if getting stung doesn’t terrify you, it is probably still something you will actively try to avoid. Regardless of your feelings about stinging insects, here is why you should never attempt to get rid of a hornets’ nest on your Maryland property by yourself.

a hornet on a soda can

What Are Hornets?

Hornets are a subspecies of wasp that live here in Maryland and other parts of the United States. What sets hornets apart from other stinging insects? For one, they are larger. European hornets, the most common hornet species in Maryland, are over twice the size of your typical paper wasp. Despite this drastic size difference, certain studies have shown hornets to be less aggressive than other species of wasp.

Where Do Hornets Nest?

European hornets construct their nests out of chewed-up cellulose, a product gathered from decaying wood. In a way, much like paper mache crafts are built, hornets construct intricate nests in the hollow of trees and around outbuildings, barns, and homes. Adding layers of infrastructure from the inside out, these nests can grow to be massive in size. Every year nests are built in early spring and abandoned by late fall. Old nests deteriorate and fall apart over time and cannot be used again.

The only time you should ever try to deal with a hornet’s nest on your own is if you find one that was established recently. Even then, you should wait until its occupants are away and then use a long broom to knock it down from a distance.

Are Hornets Dangerous?

Surprisingly, hornets are not as dangerous as their smaller relatives. A sting from one of these pests is about as potent as a honey bee sting and is only dangerous for individuals with allergies to venom. If you are stung by a hornet, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be taken to help with the pain. For the itch, swelling, and redness that comes after being bit, you can try hydrocortisone cream to find relief. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience a severe reaction to the stung involving the closing of your throat or drastic swelling around the area of the sting.

The Dangers Of Removing A Hornets Nest

As nests grow, hornet populations grow with them. A single nest can hold thousands of hornets, all of which will become enraged if you threaten their home in any way. If you are thinking of spraying the nest from a distance, you should know that the European hornets can fly at over 20 miles an hour. Unless you are an Olympic athlete, you will not be able to outrun these pests. The only way to safely eliminate a hornet's nest is with the proper equipment and training.

Why You Need Professional Help For Hornets

To have a hornet’s nest safely removed from your property, get the professionals at Capitol Pest involved. Our team knows how to handle stinging insects and would be happy to eliminate any hornets posing problems for you and your family. Before you grab a can of repellant and cover yourself from head to toe in protective clothing, get our team involved. We will make sure the job gets done right.

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