Wasp & Hornet Removal
Wasps and hornets can be such a nuisance! Not only are they irritating when you’re trying to enjoy our beautiful outdoors in BC’s Lower Mainland, but these creatures also prove to be a health risk for people who are allergic to them! We try to minimize these problems for you by being your Wasp and Hornet Removal company in Surrey, Langley, and the Fraser Valley.
What’s the Difference?
It’s easy to get bees, wasps, and hornets confused. Unless you’ve been stung by one, you might not have even taken a close look at any of them before. All you know is that something yellow and black is buzzing around your head and food and you want it gone! Let’s breakdown the differences here for you.
So, what about wasps and hornets - what’s the difference? Well, there are actually over 25,000 types of each of these two insects so we’re not going to go into that much detail but let’s go over the basics.
Both are hairless (as opposed to our fuzzy bumblebee friends) but wasps are shorter and have different coats than hornets.
Wasps tend to grow less than 1 inch long and they have yellow jackets.
Hornets grow longer than 1 inch and are much darker coloured and have white rings on their bodies.
Wasps prefer to build their nests underground, though they certainly will build above ground if they can’t find anything else suitable.
Hornets build the large nests that we tend to see hanging in trees.
We all know that fuzzy bumblebees would rather float and buzz around than harm you and they are, in fact, quite helpful for the environment. But watch out, because wasps (also sometimes called yellow-jackets) and hornets can both be quite aggressive and will sting when they feel threatened. They can keep stinging you repeatedly, too, unlike bees who die after an initial attack. (Poor bees, they can pull their stingers out of other insects, but our tough human skin is too much of a challenge for them and their stingers get stuck in us and they die trying to pull it back out.)
Watch out for swarms! Did you know that an underground wasps’ nest can hold 1000 workers?
Wasps will be looking for your food, too, vs bees who prefer to collect pollen. Wasps are predators who will be looking for protein-rich foods, though they do also enjoy nectar. Hornets tend to eat flies, grasshoppers, bees, and wasps, so your best defence is to prevent any of them nesting near your house.
Preventing an Attack
How can you prevent a wasp and horent attack and nesting at your home?
First things first, have solid garbage cans with well-fitting lids. Prevent the scent of your unwanted food remnants from attracting wasps, which in turn attract hornets, who also like the scraps of melons and sweet smelling fruits..
One easy tactic is to ensure that you don’t keep any unwanted food outside or near your home. Whenever possible, use trash cans that have well-fitting lids and don’t leave food out after a picnic.
Ensure there are no protected exteriors of your home that would be a good places for them to nest. Places such as inside your garden shed, behind your eaves, and behind shutters are easy nesting sites. Sometimes, wasps build new nests on top of old nests, so if you think you have an old nest that’s empty, dispose of it asap to prevent such an occurrence. Hornets also build in walls, so repair any broken foundation you might have.
Get Some Help
If it’s too late and you have nests already, don’t take a chance on getting stung - call the professionals at Summit Wildlife Solutions and we will remove your wasp or hornets nest safely. We can also survey your property to advise you of any places you might want to seal up or protect to prevent nests from being built.
So go ahead and have that barbecue or pool party! Break out the hot dogs and ice cream because we’ve got you covered. Call Summit Wildlife Solutions today.