Difference between wasp and hornet

Difference between wasp and hornet

The social wasp constructs its nest from many diverse kinds of material such as mud, plants, and inside wood made from their secretion. Many materials are collected and built in a honeycomb pattern and are often strengthened by an extra protective layer. The locations differ based on what kind of wasp species you are dealing with. Some wasps such as the yellow jacket like to build its nest in tree hollows and shrubs. The Mud dauber makes its nest in an entirely different way, namely, from mud with its shapes in cylinders. Apart from that, there are other wasps that favor building their nest entirely out of sight from any human regards. Most solitary wasp species such as the yellow jacket make their nest often in abandoned rat burrows.

If you have a wasp nest on your property, make sure to consult Exterminator Peterborough as soon as possible for fast and affordable removal!

hornet and wasp
                                                                Even though the hornet is a wasp, the differences are stark

The hornet is also counted as a wasp and they look alike to the yellow jackets only significantly larger. The hornet is considered a social wasp and constructs its nest from a paper-like material similar to the paper wasp because it makes the nest out of a paper-like material its nest from. Many hornets build their nests in cavities and shrubs. Hornets have the capability to sting their victims several times and are known to go on the attack in groups.The main difference is that hornets tend to have larger colonies and those wasp colonies typically count around 100 wasps or less. Since wasps and hornets look quite similar the placement and size are good indicators to see which pest you are dealing with.


The damage that especially ground hornets can incur on lawns are far greater than other types of wasps since they mainly focus on hunting and expanding their nest. The hornet on the other hand dig burrows deep into the ground up to 10 inches. Pets and children should stay far away from these burrows as these honest can perceive anyone as a threat. The pain is said to be excruciating!

Wasp nests are open and are usually suspended from solid objects  such as soffits or tree branches. Hornets on the other hand have the tendency to build nests on trees or shrubs and are closed off. It would not be weird to see them build on walls either.

If you notice a wasp or hornet presence, it is highly recommended to contact a professional wasp and hornet removal service to remove the nest and the wasp or hornet presence by a licensed technician. Licensed technicians are specialists that have all the necessary tools and equipment available to make wasps or hornets a thing of the past. Make sure you don’t get stung and call Exterminator Peterborough!