How Do I Know I Have Hornets and Not Wasps?
While often confused with yellow jackets and wasps, hornets are their own distinct type of stinging insect and are known for their aggressive behavior. The most common type of hornets found in Alexandria VA are the bald-faced hornet and the European hornet.
How Do I Know Which Type of Hornet I Have?
- Bald-faced Hornets: black bodies with gray stripes, ¾” to 1.5” in length, tend to make their nests around windows or in the eaves a home
- European Hornets: brown bodies with yellow stripes, 4/5” to 1.4” in length, tend to make their nests at least 6 feet off the ground in places such as hollowed out walls, buildings, trees, and attics
When Are Hornets Most Active?
In Virginia, hornets are mostly seasonal, with spring and summer being their most active time of the year. During these warmer months, hornets will spend most of their time mating & reproducing, looking for food, and building nests.
Are Hornets Dangerous?
Unlike bees, hornets do not die when they sting so they may sting multiple times during an attack, releasing their venom with each painful jab. Many people are known to be allergic to this venom and may need to seek medical attention immediately after being stung.
What Should I Do If I Get Stung?
- Remove yourself from the area - quickly and calmly
- Wash the stung area with soap and water
- Apply ice on and off to reduce swelling and inflammation
- If you think you may be allergic to the venom in the sting, you should seek medical attention immediately
How Do I Get Rid of Hornets?
Because of their aggressive nature, you should never disturb a hornet population or try to get rid of them yourself. If you must approach the hornets by yourself, you should do so while wearing protective gear. Our highly trained technicians can quickly, safely, and effectively rid your home of hornets, preventing you, your family, and your pets from any painful hornet stings.
How Can I Remove a Hornets Nest?
The safest way to remove a hornet’s nest from your home is always going to be to call a professional. Due to the hornet’s aggressive nature, you should never try to remove a nest by yourself or from somewhere you can’t reach. Our technicians are highly trained in the safe and effective removal of hornets’ nests, even from those harder-to-reach places. Once we’ve gotten the hornets under control during your initial pest control service, we recommend year-round quarterly treatment of the exterior of your home to prevent the hornets from returning and building another nest.
How Can I Prevent the Hornets from Coming Back?
The best way to prevent the hornets from returning to your home is with a quarterly pest control plan. Keeping your shrubbery trimmed, repainting the exterior walls and eaves of your home, and hanging sun-catchers near known-nesting areas are some other ways you can help prevent hornets from returning to your home.
Miche Pest Control offers safe and effective treatment plans in the Alexandria, Virginia area that are specifically designed to target, remove, and prevent hornets from nesting in and around your home. Give us a call today at (844) 211-7378 to schedule your initial pest control service and get those hornets under control!
Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles south of downtown Washington DC.
Like the rest of Northern Virginia, as well as Central Maryland, modern Alexandria has been influenced by its proximity to the U.S. Capitol. It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, in the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government. One of Alexandria's largest employers is the U.S. Department of Defense. Another is the Institute for Defense Analyses. In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office moved to Alexandria, and in 2017, so did the headquarters of the National Science Foundation.
The historic center of Alexandria is known as Old Town. With its concentration of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters, it is a major draw for all who live in Alexandria as well for visitors. Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods are compact and walkable. It is the 7th largest and highest-income independent city in Virginia.
A large portion of adjacent Fairfax County, mostly south but also west of the city, has Alexandria mailing addresses. However, this area is under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County's government and separate from the independent city. The city is therefore sometimes referred to as the "City of Alexandria" to avoid confusion. Additionally, neighboring Arlington County was formerly named "Alexandria County" before it was renamed by the Virginia General Assembly in 1920 to reduce confusion with the city.
Arlington VA (6 miles), Washington DC (7 miles), Springfield VA (8 miles), Falls Church VA (9 miles), Hyattsville MD (12 miles), Bethesda MD (13 miles), Silver Spring MD (13 miles), Fairfax VA (14 miles), Woodbridge VA (15 miles), Upper Marlboro MD (16 miles), Bowie MD (20 miles), Rockville MD (20 miles), Herndon VA (22 miles), Laurel MD (23 miles), Manassas VA (23 miles), Gaithersburg MD (25 miles), Ashburn VA (29 miles), Columbia MD (29 miles), Annapolis MD (32 miles), Ellicott City MD (35 miles), Leesburg VA (35 miles), Baltimore MD (41 miles), Fredericksburg VA (41 miles), Frederick MD (46 miles)
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