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Boston’s Hornet Exterminators

Hornets can be a real nuisance around Boston area homes and yards. Those stung by hornets know that it’s a harrowing experience. Contact the Boston branch of Fox Pest Control quickly if you’re concerned about yourself or your loved ones being stung. While some people will face an itchy bump for a few days, hornet stings can be life-threatening for others.

If you live in the Boston area, you will find these potentially dangerous creatures building their nests in lawns, under eaves, behind wall coverings, or in yards. And if you suspect wasps or hornets are invading your home, don’t panic. Contact Fox Pest Control to get rid of hornets.

Hornets are territorial toward humans whenever their colony is threatened or if they feel disturbed. For this reason, if you see any signs of hornet activity around your home, the best practice is to hire an exterminator to dispose of nests around your home property.

Fox Pest Control’s hornet extermination service will eliminate this problem, including locating the nest, removing it without harming the environment, and completing follow-up treatments to ensure that these stinging insects don’t return.

Signs of a Hornet Infestation

You might have already faced hornet problems in your Boston home. We strongly suggest that you avoid coming in contact with the hornet’s nest.

Here are some common signs of a hornet infestation.

Flying Hornets

The most common sign is the presence of flying hornets around the garden, house, or yard. Hornets are usually seen in the early morning hours when trying to find a place to nest. They can also be quite aggressive and attack anyone who comes in contact with them.

Visible Hornet’s Nests

Hornets are known for building their nests in woodpiles, trees, and in the ground. Also, you can spot visible Hornet’s nests by seeing the white paper or silk lining surrounding and protecting the nest. If you find any of these signs in your home or garden, it’s best to contact Fox Pest Control immediately. The truth is many different kinds of flying pests can be present in the Boston area, and they all require unique techniques to eradicate. Our pest technicians have years of experience with hornet removal.

Hidden Nests

Hornets build their nests under the ground, in cracks in the walls and ceilings, or underneath house siding or gutters. Hornet nests can be very challenging to notice in these dark, hidden areas. If you happen to see hornets flying out of specific places, holes, or dark areas under your house, these may signify hornet nests.

Things You Need to Know About Hornets

Hornets are the bigger version of a stinging wasp that comes in different colors. They are mostly still active during the warm seasons, meaning their activity starts in March and continues until October.

Common characteristics of hornets include – 

Hornets feed on other insects and could potentially eliminate some pests on your property, but homeowners should still have them removed immediately due to their aggressive nature and painful stings. They pose a direct threat to your family’s well-being that far outweighs any potential benefits. 

Helpful Hornet Prevention Tips: 

You can purchase or make Hornet Decoys to hang in hornet’s nest areas.

Limit food access by covering food and trash cans. Hornets are attracted to rotting food and sweets. 

Close any windows, doors, and screens near food and food storage. Ensure all window screens and doors are in good repair. Otherwise, hornets could enter these places, getting trapped inside.

One of the most common misconceptions is that hornets can be discouraged by using certain chemicals, traps, sprays, or repellents. The truth is that DIY methods are not effective for permanently eliminating hornets. The best way to prevent future hornet invasions is by having Fox Pest Control treat any infestations early on.

How Do I Get Rid Of Hornets?


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Do you have a hornet problem? Call Fox Pest Control at (508) 257-7556 for a free quote.


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Schedule a same-day service appointment with one of our certified Fox Pest Control technicians.


Arrival at Your Home

Our technician will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property to provide a customized hornet treatment plan that will most effectively suit your situation.


Service Report

 You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain hornet-free.


Follow Up

We will come back throughout the year to ensure the hornets don’t return. If you see any hornet activity between our regularly scheduled service, call us. We’ll come back for free!

At Fox Pest Control, we are proud to provide comprehensive pest management services throughout the Boston area. Our professional technicians work hard to keep your home and property safe from these troublesome pests and offer extensive protection for almost any type of structure.

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How to Get Rid Of Wasp And Hornets | Fox Pest Control

Hey guys, Caleb here with Fox Pest Control.

If you see wasps or hornets around your home, that means there’s a nest somewhere nearby,

and removing it can be dangerous.

When wasps or hornets feel threatened, they get aggressive and sting.

At Fox Pest Control, we have the right safety equipment to take care of these threatening pests so you can enjoy your yard again.

We take care of your wasp and hornet problems by sending one of our certified pest pros to inspect your home and yard.

After locating any nests, our pest pro will apply the most effective treatment for your problem.

Once the wasps or hornets have been eliminated, we will remove the nest if possible.

If you see wasps or hornets around your home, give us a call for a quote

or to schedule same-day service.

At Fox Pest Control, we care about keeping you and your family safe.

Why not have one less thing to worry about?

Fox Pest Control. No Bugs. Simply Better.

Hornet Control FAQs

How do I get rid of hornets?

Hornet nests are usually found in eave voids and wall voids of structures, and they are hard to find and eliminate once established. A proper solution for hornet control requires the help of a professional hornet extermination service.

The experts at Fox Pest Control can remove an infestation from in and around buildings, including walls, attics, eaves, crawl spaces, trees, or in the ground. Our extermination practices are safe for your family and will effectively remove hornets and their nests.

Are hornets dangerous?

Hornets are territorial insects that can be highly aggressive when threatened. Some people are allergic to hornet stings and, when stung, may suffer anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening. For most people in the Boston area, a hornet sting can be painful and leave a welt or swelling, though too many stings can cause life-threatening reactions.

Can hornets sting multiple times?

Like other stinging flying insects, hornets can sting you multiple times, which may cause severe reactions in their victims. Bees have barbed stingers, which detach when the bee stings you, whereas hornet stingers are smooth and straight.

Are hornets beneficial at all?

Hornets can also be a potential beneficial insect on your property. For example, they help control the populations of other insects that damage your plants and crops. In some regions, hornets are beneficial to the ecosystem by pollinating food crops (though not to the extent that bees do).

Do hornets pollinate plants?

Yes, some species of hornets are beneficial pollinators like bees, and they help pollinate fruits, vegetables, and other plants by feeding on flower nectar and pollen.

However, hornets are not efficient pollinators. Their relative species, the honeybee, pollinates almost 80% of flowering plants in the United States

What do hornets eat?

Hornets are predatory insects that kill and eat other insects, and they catch their prey on the ground, trees, and the air. While most species of hornets eat insects primarily, some species are known to eat flowers and other nectar-producing plants.

Do hornets make honey?

Yes, but they do not make honey like bees. Instead, some hornet species make a form of honey to feed their larvae.

What are the differences between wasps, hornets, bumblebees, yellow jackets, and bees?

Wasps are a general category of flying, stinging insect that can eat meat, sting multiple times, and are either solitary or make colonies. Hornets, paper wasps, mud daubers, and yellow jackets are all general “wasp” group members.
• Hornets are large, black-and-yellow or mostly black insects with a stinger who are part of the wasp family. 
Bumblebees are a wasp relative but are neither a bee nor a wasp. They have fat, hairy bodies, which are black and yellow. Bumblebees often make small colonies underground unlike honeybees that live in hives.
Yellow jackets have slender, smooth bodies, a small waist, with yellow and black striped markings. They are small, about a half inch or about the size of a housefly, but they are notably vicious when attacking their prey. 
Bees usually have hairy bodies with short wings, and they can either be yellow and black or entirely black. Bees gather pollen and nectar from flowers, and carpenter bees and honey bees are the most commonly known.

What is an Asian giant hornet, aka “murder hornet”?

The Asian giant hornet are some of the largest of all known hornets. They live in colonies and usually kill colonies of honey bees to eat their larvae. These invasive hornets are native to Japan and East Asia.

What do Asian giant hornets look like?

Asian giant hornets can grow up to 2 inches long. Their heads are yellow and have yellow-and-black or yellow-and-brown stripes on their abdomen. 

Where did murder hornets first appear in the U.S.?

In late 2019, the Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia) were first confirmed near Blaine, Washington.

Are murder hornets dangerous?

Asian giant hornets won’t come after people like killer bees do. If the Asian giant hornet feels threatened, or if you approach their nests, they can become very aggressive.

Will murder hornets kill me?

If you are stung by a murder hornet, you will experience some pain, but it is rare for someone to die from a single sting. However, if you are stung by multiple Asian giant hornets, it can be deadly, especially for those allergic to wasp stings. On average, globally, 62 people die from these wasps every year. 

What’s the difference between the murder hornet and cicada killers or the European hornets?

The main differences between them are in body size and colors.
Asian giant hornets are about 2 inches long, and they have entirely yellow heads and stripes on their abdomen.
Cicada killers are usually 1.5 inches long, and they are generally black or dark brown with yellow stripes and a dark head. Cicada killers are solitary wasps and do not have colonies.
European hornets are between ¾ to 1.5 inches long. They have pale colors on their heads but are usually brown with yellow stripes on the body.

How do I know if I’ve seen a murder hornet?

You can identify a murder hornet by their size because they are immense. Besides their large size of 1.5 – 2 inches for worker wasps, their heads are entirely yellow and have yellow-and-black or yellow-and-brown stripes on their abdomen.

Why are Asian giant hornets called murder hornets?

Murder hornets (aka Asian giant hornets) skyrocketed through mainstream media. “Murder hornet” is a misleading name, and in reality, these wasps don’t attack people without any reason or go around killing people.

What do murder hornets eat?

Asian giant hornets feed on insects and their larvae. These wasps are known to eat honey bees and decimate colonies and can destroy 30,000 to 50,000 bees within a few hours.

What should I do if I see a murder hornet?

If you see a murder hornet, don’t panic. Instead, slowly back away from the nest and check if there are any more wasps around your area. Be sure to call either your state’s department of entomology office to confirm the identification.

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