New Jersey Hornet Control
As a rule, hornets, bees and wasps are beneficial insects unmindful of the activities of man, as long as man makes it a point to disregard them. At times the nests of these insects may be built in such close proximity to the home, or even in the home, as to make the area too confining for both insect and man. Although the stings of bees and wasps are usually a painful experience, for some the consequences may result in a severe reaction or even death.
The order Hymenotera consists of sawflies, horntails, wasps, ants and bees. There are some 113,000 known species in this order and more than 17,000 are found in North America.
Characteristics of Hornets – The bald face hornet is a real problem in the wasp world for humans. These social wasps live in colonies which number in the thousands.
These beneficial insects would not anger or threaten us except that have adapted themselves to living very closely with us. They take advantage of us by sometimes nesting in the wall voids and attics of our homes where they can go unnoticed all season. They leave the nest area flying outdoors in search of food.
In the fall, when food becomes scarce and the temperatures are cool, they find their way into living areas of the home.
Individuals stung by hornets may show a variety of reactions ranging from no evident effect to anaphylactic shock resulting in death. It is believed many human deaths may wrongly be attributed to “heart attacks” or “heat strokes” when actually they result from the stings of venomous insects.
Common Bees / Wasps
- Mud Daubers
- Digger or Scoliid Wasps
- Yellow Jackets and Hornets
- Paper-nest Wasp
- Bald-faced Hornet
- Carpenter bee