Hornet Infestations: The Dangers And How To Prevent Them In San Diego

Serving Families Throughout Vista
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Isn't it nice to enjoy some fun in the sun during the summer? During the summer and into the fall, we enjoy outdoor picnics, BBQs, and working in the yard. Unfortunately, hornets fly outdoors during this time of the year. Although we don't instigate trouble with these types of stinging insects, we sometimes accidentally disturb a hornet nest when trimming the shrubs or moving things around in the attic. Once you have had an encounter with hornets, you never want to live through that experience again. 

The best way to end a hornet threat is to secure the San Diego pest control professionals at Green Flash Pest Control. Our family-based company provides a better pest control experience by focusing on quality service and customer care. Our friendly, helpful staff is ready to assist you with your pest problems. When you partner with us, you will quickly understand the Green Flash difference. 

Hornet Identification: Key Markers To Help You Identify Hornets

It is easy to mistake hornets for yellow jackets; although they are both wasps, there are differences. Identify whether or not hornets are flying or nesting on your property by these characteristics:

  • 3/4 to 1 1/2-inch large brown body
  • Yellow strips on the abdomen
  • Red or a black head
  • Active at night
  • Aerial paper-like nests
  • Attracted to light 

These flying insects that sting appear in late summer or early fall; they build nests in hollow trees, walls, and abandoned beehives. On the other hand, yellow jackets usually create nests in the ground, fly during the day, are smaller, and have yellow and black bodies.

Green Flash Pest Control has licensed pest professionals with over 25 years of combined hornet pest control experience; we know how to remove them from your property. 

Stings And Health Risks: The Dangers Of Hornet Encounters

Hornets in San Diego are intimidating not only because of their size but also for their reputation for delivering powerful stings. When you accidentally disturb a hornet nest, they swarm out to attack the perceived perpetrator. 

Unlike honey bees, whose stinger gets stuck in the skin and can only sting once, a hornet has a smooth stinger and can deliver multiple stings injecting venom into your body each time. Although a hornet can sting repeatedly, its stinger can become stuck in the skin and detach from the insect; although detached, it can still pump venom into your body. 

For most, these large stinging insects cause intense pain for a short time. In those cases, wash the wound with soapy water and take an aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug to minimize the pain. In some people, however, the venom may trigger an allergic reaction that requires medical attention. 

Green Flash Pest Control protects your family from painful stings by providing hornet pest control in San Diego. Our licensed professionals will remove the nests so no one on your property experiences a trip to the hospital or a few painful hours. 

Experienced Hornet Control: Restoring Peace with Professional Control

When you contact Green Flash Pest Control for wasp and hornet control, we will dispatch a trained pest professional to your location. Our licensed pest professional will inspect your property for attractants and hornet nesting locations. Once we locate the colony, we will remove it so you no longer have the threat on your property.

We use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. This pest control method involves ending the current problem and preventing future infestations. Our pest professional will treat the property with family and pet-safe low-impact products and work with you to implement steps to keep hornets away in the future. We also offer organic treatment options for green hornet pest control.

Creating a Hornet-Free Zone: Essential Steps For Prevention

Hornets are an integral part of the ecosystem and will always be in your area; however, that does not mean you have to live with hornet infestations on your San Diego property. These hornet control methods will deter hornets from invading your property in the future:

  • Replace outdoor lights with yellow bulbs
  • Remove fallen, decaying fruit on the ground
  • Clean up after outdoor picnics
  • Limit flowering plants on the property
  • Cut down hollow, dead trees
  • Keep outdoor garbage containers closed
  • Cover compost piles

We can provide property-specific tips when a licensed pest professional inspects your San Diego location. Don't put your family and visiting friends at risk from unwanted hornet attacks. Contact Green Flash Pest Control for home pest control and schedule your free inspection. We will have those pests gone in a flash.