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Wasp & Hornet Nest Removal

Image of Yellow Jacket / Social Wasp [Vespula] | Ehrlich Pest Control For the most part, wasps and hornets are a very beneficial group of insects because they are major pollinators of flowering plants, and they also help to reduce the numbers of many insect pest species.  

However, control measures are warranted in circumstances when a nest is established in a poor location relative to the safety, comfort or other interests of people. Pets are also at risk to stinging insects. 

Paper wasps and bald-faced hornets are particularly aggressive and their stings can potentially lead to fatal anaphylactic shock. Ehrlich Pest Control provides residential and commercial customers with effective hornet and wasp nest removal services. 

Contact Ehrlich Pest Control at (888) 976-4649 for further information on how to get rid of wasps and hornets or book a FREE pest inspection online to arrange for a visit by a Technician.

Wasp and Hornet Control Services

If you identify a wasp or hornet nest on your property, we highly recommend hiring a licensed pest control company to remove the nest. Proper training and protective gear is needed to remove a wasp or hornet nest successfully and safely. 

Our service includes a spot application at the nesting site and a visual inspection of the exterior of your property including but not limited to: 

  • Swing sets and play structures
  • Grills
  • Porches and patios
  • Pool areas
  • Eves, overhangs and shutters 

Your Technician will be equipped with personal protection gear, bee pole and various materials such as dusts and sprays. Different wasp and hornet species require different methods of treatment. Your Technician is trained in using all of these materials and will choose the materials they feel are most appropriate for your situation.

Hornet and Wasp Removal Methods 

  • Paper Wasps - Control of a free-hanging paper wasp nest is best accomplished by direct treatment of the nest itself with either a liquid or dust formulation. Once the colony is eliminated, the Technician will remove the nest safely.  
  • Yellow Jackets - Insecticidal dusts are ideal for treating yellow jacket nests, as well as bumble bee nests. The technician will apply dust by inserting a flexible tube into the entrance / exit hole of the nest.  
  • Hornets - The best way to treat hornet nests is apply dust into the entrance hole of the nest.  Once that has been done, the Technician will puncture the side of the nest with a  dust bulb extension and introduce dust directly into the nest. The technician will wear protective equipment when treating as hornets can become aggressive when agitated.

Wasp Life Cycle 

Wasps are categorized as being either solitary or social. Solitary species are those that live alone, whereas social species are those that live together in colonies or nests and have an adult division of labor, or a caste system---which is composed of workers, queens and periodically, males.

Wasps lay fertilized eggs which develop into females. The colony grows throughout the summer until late in the season. At this time the queen lays a batch of unfertilized eggs.  These unfertilized eggs develop into male wasps.

Unfertilized eggs develop into males and this is the only time that male wasps are produced.  Once the adult males emerge from their pupal cases they have a single mission in life. Their job is to find an unmated queen to mate with.  Male wasps are not able to survive the winter and will die quickly after mating.  

When old queen die late in the season, the remaining wasps abandon the nest.  Most of the wasps from an old nest die, but for the mated queens it’s a different story. Their job is to survive the winter and start the process over again in the spring.   

In order to survive the winter, newly mated queens will seek shelter in protective structures.  A protective structure could be under the bark of a tree, however, places around a home such as attic interiors, or gaps in exterior siding are equally as suitable for overwintering queens.

If the overwintering queen is able to survive the winter, she will emerge the following spring and will begin her nest establishment. The new queen will begin by building a small number of cells with an egg in each. When the first female workers emerge, they will take over the nest building and brood rearing, while the queen stays in the nest and continues to produce eggs.

Year Round Protection From Stinging Insects 

Image of a Family from Ehrlich Pest Control Offering Year Round Protection Plan to Homeowners For a low monthly fee, the Ehrlich Year Round Protection Plan can guarantee protection for your home and family from stinging insects along with the most common household pests, giving you the freedom and peace of mind to simply enjoy your home life without extra worries.

Benefits include:

  • Unlimited service calls at no extra cost – we stand by our commitment to protect you and your home from pests.  Call us whenever you need us – as often as you need us between your regularly scheduled visits at no extra charge.
  • Protection from the most common pests – the Plan covers 36 of the most common household pests in all including stinging pests like wasps and hornets 
  • Services designed with children and pets in mind – we employ the most effective and least invasive treatments possible.
  • Regularly scheduled preventive services and inspections with electronic reports – your Ehrlich technician will thoroughly inspect and treat your home during three annual scheduled services.

To learn more about our hornet and wasp removal services, contact Ehrlich Pest Control at (888) 976-4649 or schedule a Technician visit online today. 

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