Hornets are not a common pest in the UK. However, they can cause problems in a few locations, and their substantial size and powerful sting makes them dangerous to humans, particularly when they are present in large numbers.
Hornets can be tough to distinguish from wasps. The most obvious indicator is the fact that hornets are social and live in large nests while wasps have a tendency to be solitary. This means that if you observe a large number of the insects, they might be hornets. Small numbers of hornets can be managed on a DIY basis using spray insecticide carefully. However, this is dangerous as a result of the sting of the hornet. Hornets can sting several times without dying and their stings can cause allergic reactions in some people. These stings can be lethal in extreme cases.
For substantial infestations or in circumstances where the nest is inaccessible the services of an expert pest control company should be sought. These companies have access to professional grade insecticides which are extremely effective on hornets. These insecticides may be delivered either by spray, a liquid application or in dust form. All of these methods will leave some residual effect meaning any hornets which were not present during the first application will be eradicated when they return to the nest. Pest control companies will also be able to remove the nest, which will stop hornets trying to recolonise it.
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Wishaw is a town and also former burgh in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It’s around the edge of the Clyde Valley, 15 miles (24 km) south-east of Glasgow.