5 Differences Between New Jersey Hornets and Wasps

Summer’s warm weather means that you might encounter hornets and wasps. These stinging insects can cause a lot of trouble, especially if you or any family members are allergic to their stings. Knowing the difference between these stinging insects can help ensure that you get the right kind of professional stinging insect control if needed.


How dangerous are hornets and wasps? Wasps tend to be more aggressive than bees, and they’re able to sting people multiple times. Hornets can be even more aggressive than wasps. They can also sting multiple times, and these stings can end up being fatal.

Physical Appearance

How do you know if you have wasps or hornets around? Wasps have a long, thin body with long legs and two pairs of wings. They also usually have bright coloring. Hornets are typically black and white with a slight bit of bright coloring. They have a thicker, rounder body compared to wasps.


Solitary wasps don’t build nests, while social wasps build nests outdoors and indoors. Hornets are social stinging insects that build nests in outdoor areas, such as bushes, trees, roof eaves, decks, and other outdoor structures.


Hornets lay their eggs in carefully constructed nests, while wasps lay their eggs inside the body of another organism.


Hornets feed on sweet plant matter, while different wasp species have a varied diet that might include insects or nectar.

If you need stinging insect control, contact Allison Pest Control. Our trained technicians can safely remove these stinging insects from your property.

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