- Hornets are larger than wasps commonly being around 30-40mm in length. The hornet is distinguishable from the wasp due to their size and colouration which is orange – brown compared to the wasps’ vivid yellow and black stripes.
- Contrary to popular belief the hornet is far more dosile compared to a wasp although stings can be very nasty so be careful when approaching their nest.
- Hornets can reach up to 1000 in number per nest, although most colonies are much smaller at around 100-200 per nest.
- Like wasps, a hornets’ nest is constructed of chewed up wood to form a paper like structure.
- Hornets can re-use a nest although it is a different colony that does so each year.
- Upon detection of a nest, elimination can be achieved within 1-2 hours of treatment. This is essential due to the often aggressive nature of these insects.
- Foraging flying insects can also be reduced using liquid dome traps both on a commercial and domestic basis. This can reduce the risk of potential stings and nuisance activity.