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Controlling the hornet wasp
During the summer months, the wasp population is at its peak. Despite the fact that people often find them troublesome animals, they do a good job. For example, they eat flies and mosquitoes and are an important link in the pollination of flowers and plants. Especially in the months of August and September, wasps want to cause quite a nuisance, so that in some cases it is almost impossible to sit outside properly.
Like many animal species, there are different types of wasps. For example, one of the wasp species is the hornet wasp. The hornet wasp is easy to recognize because it is a lot larger than the average wasp. On average, a hornet wasp is 3.5 to 4 inches. Because the hornet wasp also hunts spiders and bees, for example, it is sometimes popularly called a killer wasp.
The hornet wasp nuisance? These are the main symptoms
The hornet wasp may be considerably larger than an ordinary wasp, but this does not mean that it is also more aggressive. If you leave a hornet wasp alone and do not make any wild movements, it will also leave you alone. The hornet wasp will only become aggressive if cornered or if you get too close to its nest. A hornet wasp can then sting, and the poison released is similar to a wasp sting. But because the hornet wasp is larger, it can sting deeper. Because of this, the pain when stung by a hornet wasp will be perceived as much more painful.
The hornet wasp prefers to build its nest in light forests and gardens. A birdcage or hollow tree will be a good place, because the nest is sheltered there. Shelter under roofs is also an ideal place for a hornet wasp’s nest. If you have such a nest in your garden and also the terrace nearby, it will cause a nuisance, as it may become aggressive. Fighting the hornet wasp is then important. Since removing an entire nest can be dangerous, it is advisable to hire a professional pest controller to control the hornet wasp.
Where do hornet wasps come from?
Hornet wasps are found in almost all of Europe up to the south of Norway and Finland. The hornet wasp is not found in large numbers in the Netherlands and Belgium, especially in coastal areas, but they are not a rarity in the rest of the country. In addition, the hornet wasp has moved through Russia and Mongolia to China and even Japan. The hornet wasp is also becoming increasingly common in North America, but does not occur naturally there. In the 19th century, the hornet wasp was introduced there. In the other continents, the hornet wasp has not yet been spotted.
What not to do:
Many people tend to jump around when they see a hornet wasp. This is exactly what you should not do. The hornet wasp will never sting by itself. If you move violently, the hornet wasp will feel threatened and become aggressive. The same applies if you have a nest in the garden. Especially if it hangs in a place where you don’t visit much, leave the nest alone. You are really screwed if you come near the nest or even start touching it.
What can you do?
Should you regularly have hornet wasps around your patio, you can build yourself a trap. Cut open a soda bottle and put the neck in the bottom of the bottle. You have now built a trap into which you put a filling that attracts the hornet wasp. Especially fruity drinks will attract the hornet wasp. If you have a nest nearby, it is important not to fiddle with it yourself. You can easily control the hornet wasp by making a phone call to an exterminator, who can expertly control the hornet wasp.
How can you prevent hornet wasps?
Preventive measures to prevent hornet wasps are virtually non-existent. Hornet wasps like to build their nests in sheltered places. The only thing you could try is to create as few sheltered places as possible, but this is difficult. You simply cannot prevent a hornet wasp from flying by. Only when there is a nest in the neighborhood do you call in the pest controller to fight the hornet wasp.
Fighting hornet wasps? Follow these 5 tips
1. It is recommended that you do not fight the hornet wasp yourself but call in a specialist when you suffer from nest(s).
2. If you regularly suffer from hornet wasps flying around, you can make or buy a trap, to catch these hornet wasps. In the traps, they will die.
3. Do not be afraid of one or two hornet wasps. If you stay calm, they will stay calm.
4. If you do want to attempt to fight a nest yourself, dress thickly so no skin is visible and spray a lot of pesticide from a distance. But self-control is not recommended.
5. If you are really bothered by a nest, call a professional exterminator. Only then you can be sure that you can control hornet wasps effectively and safely.
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