Most of us were instructed as children to avoid wasps and hornets, particularly their nests. The words hornet and wasp can be perplexing because common or colloquial names are frequently incorrect. Wasps and bees are cousins, but there are variations in their appearance and temperament. Hornets, conversely, consume leaves and tree sap but are also skilled predators, preying on flies, bees, and other insects.
Examine the differences between a wasp and a hornet to resolve the great dispute.
Hornets Are Wasps
The first thing to know about hornets is that they all are wasps, but not all are hornets. There are an estimated 15,000 to 30,000 different kinds of wasps in the globe. The biggest wasp measured more than 2 inches in length. Hornets, like wasps, are pest managers for Mother Nature due to their appetite for other insects, such as aphids. Wasps eat beekeepers, which supply protein and sugar.
Hornets, unlike wasps, are not hostile by nature. Hornets are calm and shy insects, according to scientists. They will, however, fight if something or someone approaches their nest. Their nests can be in attics, treetops, under roofs, hollow tree trunks, sheds, and other enclosed places that provide protection and shelter.
Wasps Are Brighter; Hornets Are Larger
Wasps and hornets have narrow waists and skinny frames. Their bodies are mostly hairless and can sting numerous times. The European Hornet, on the other hand, can develop to be twice the size of a yellow jacket or paper wasp, measuring about 1 inch in length.
Hornets are dull, usually brown with golden stripes or black with a white head (the bald-faced hornet). Yellow jacket wasps are vibrant yellow and black striped wasps. They are easily identified due to their brighter look. The red paper wasp is frequently confused with the red hornet. They are also simple to spot due to their bright red color.
Hornets Are More Aggressive
If their nest is threatened, hornets can become very aggressive, which can be dangerous. Their sting is much more painful. However, if left alone, they are rather calm and don’t tend to attack or sting unprovoked. Yellow jackets, however, are much more likely to sting unprovoked. They are attracted to sugary drinks and food, whereas hornets are typically not.
Wasps Are Very Territorial
Wasps are close cousins of bees, but a close look will reveal their appearance and temperament differences. Wasps can become territorial if they feel their nests are threatened or food availability is low, but most are not aggressive. So, simply avoiding the nest area can prevent most stings.
Both Often Build Nests In Problematic Areas
You often will find wasp or hornet nests in rotting logs, wood hollows, or hanging from branches. However, they are commonly found in garages, barns, or building overhangs. It can be easy to walk into or disturb these nests by accident, which can cause the wasps or hornets to become defensive and sting. If the nest is in a quiet area, leave it until winter when all the wasps are gone, and it can be removed simply.
If you have a wasp or hornet’s nest as an area for concern, it is best to contact a professional pest control company. At Fullscope Pest Control, we will assess your wasp or hornet’s nest situation and provide you with a solution that will ensure the safety of your home and family. Call now!