We see a lot of stinging insects in the Maryland area in the summer. Yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets are very active and can build nests in a variety of places. We at Pest Czar have received many calls for stinging insects this season, with homeowners finding nests in many locations, including awnings, soffits, gardens, cars, and trees, just to name a few.
This August, our exterminator was called to treat and remove this bald-faced hornets nest in Anne Arundel County.
This particular nest is on the large side, a little larger than a basketball. Bald-faced hornets are black and white wasp-like insects that build paper nests at least 3 feet above the ground. Nests can be as small as a tennis ball or large like this one.
To treat hornet nests, exterminators use insecticidal dust either early in the morning or late at night when it's dark. That's when the insects are inside the nest. Once the nest is treated, the exterminator can actually remove the nest. Bald-faced hornet colonies typically house between 100-400 insects.
Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack if their space is invaded. They also have smooth stingers, which allows them to sting repeatedly. If you suspect you have hornets or any other type of stinging insect, contact an exterminator so they can safely and effectively remove the nest. At Pest Czar we use environmentally-safe insecticide and wear protective gear to get the job done!
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