Latin NameGenus Vespa
Length.75 - 1.5 in
ColorBrown with Yellow Abdominal Stripes
SoundsBuzzing Sound
Digestive tractYes


Hornets build their nests with paper-like material produced by the hornets mixing wood fibers and their saliva together. They are social insects that live in colonies within the hive. Hornets are often considered pests, particularly when they nest near homes, as they will defend their colony and nest aggressively if they feel it is threatened by intruders.

Hornets can sting multiple times, and their sting is more potent than a bee sting. Hornets nest in house eaves, hollow trees, barns, out buildings, hollow walls of houses, attics, and abandoned beehives.


When the spring months arrive, the queen hornets will emerge to start building their nests in new locations.

Hornets look for a sheltered location to make their nest, and as this will protect them from the weather and being disturbed.


If you have a hornet infestation, it his highly recommended to hire a professional to do the job properly. We offer a free estimate for our customers and answers to these questions will help our professionals:

  • Can you correctly identify the stinging insect?
  • Do you have a nest in your yard?
  • Do you have hornets in your walls?
  • Do you have a nest on your eaves or building exterior?
  • Do you have a nest in a tree?
  • Do you have a nest in the ground?