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Cicada Killers- Big Hornets- Canton Georgia

Cicada killers are a species of large wasps that are common all across the Southeast. They are approximately two inches long and have a yellow/black body coloration. The males of the species are about two times smaller than the females. Their size and brownish colored wings often cause them to be misidentified as European hornets. For this reason, many people are afraid to approach them, especially when they are in large numbers.        

Fortunately, despite the similarities in appearance, cicada killers do not share any the aggressive and dangerous nature of the European hornet. While female cicada killers can sting, they are not aggressive and will only sting a human under rare circumstances. Even if they were to sting, the sting of the cicada killer contains only mild venom, and is relatively painless.   As their name suggests, cicada killers primarily feed on cicadas. Cicada killers will capture prey using venom to paralyze the captured insect. Once this is accomplished, the cicada killer will take the prey back to a burrow and inject an egg into the captured prey. The egg will hatch and a larvae will feed the prey while it grows. Cicada killers pose no threat to humans, but their large size and similarity to European hornets can sometimes cause panic. Cicada killers can often be found in large numbers in a single area, and this can prove to be an issue when that area is near to homes and other buildings. Large swarms of cicada killers can appear to be dangerous, and will scare people away from businesses. They can also make it difficult to enjoy time outside of your home. Call Today 770-479-598 By: Tim

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Hornets in Cherokee County Georgia

Here in Georgia, many homeowners will call us and report having spotted what look like enormous bees. While they can sometimes be mistakenly identified as Asian Giant Hornets, the creatures in question are typically European Hornets.

 

I have spoken before more generally about European Hornet biology. However, I would like to focus on their nesting habits and life cycle to help homeowners better identity areas of risk when they first spot the European Hornet.

 

European Hornets are social insects. They establish colonies every year and then abandon them during the winter. The life cycle of the colony begins in the fall of the year. During this time, the colony will produce a group of female European Hornets that will become queens. At the beginning of winter, those future queens will hibernate underneath loose tree bark, space between walls, or any other secluded space.

 

In the spring, the queens will emerge and establish colonies. These colonies are typically located high off of the ground. They can be found inside of tree hollows or inside of wall voids. Once the nest has been established, the queen will lay the a group of eggs. These eggs will become the first workers for the colony, and will perform the tasks that a required to sustain it. The average colony will eventually have at least several hundred workers, and these workers are often what homeowners will spot around their property.

 

Workers are tasked with gathering food for the colony. European Hornets can actually be beneficial in some cases due to their tendency to consume other pests, such as grasshoppers, yellow jackets, and caterpillars. Interestingly, European Hornets have a unique propensity to be nocturnal, and can often be seen gathering food and moving around late at night.

 

It is important to note that European Hornets are extremely protective of their colonies. If a person or pet comes too close to the colony, the workers will swarm and attack the intruder. The sting of the European Hornet contains an unusually high amount of venom, and can be a very serious problem for those who are allergic to stings.

 

If you have seen European Hornets near to your home, it is often better to call for a professional service rather than trying to exterminate them yourself. Not only can they sting people and pets, it is also very difficult to get close enough to the nest to exterminate it safely. If you have already located a nest, avoid sealing the area that it is located in until the nest is exterminated. European Hornets have been known to chew through the interior walls of structures and can move inside to escape.

 

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team of technicians is highly trained and capable of dealing with any pest situation you might be dealing with. We will assess your situation, and provide you with the safest, most efficient, and most affordable solution in the industry!

 

So if you have a European Hornet problem, or simply a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

By: Tim

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Giant Resin Bee, Big Bees, Hornets in Cherokee County

Giant Resin Bee

The giant resin bee is a solitary Asian bee that has been introduced into the southeastern United States. Exactly how is not known, but it is assumed that the introduction was a result of commerce and occurred within the last few years.

It was first reported in North Carolina in June, 1994 and is now known in most Georgia and the southeastern states.

If you live in or near Cherokee County or any neighboring Georgia counties, and you feel out of your depth with your pest problems, remember that Canton Termite and Pest Control offers FREE Inspections and FREE Estimates.

We will help you identify your problem and help you solve it QUICKLY and SAFELY!

Call us today at 770-479-1598 to schedule your appointment.

By Tim

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Our Reviews
Jamie O'Neill
Jamie O'Neill

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Just wanted to thank our exterminator Joel @Canton Termite for not only responding very quickly when we had a minor insect infestation but for ensuring we stay bug free with our normal service. He always gives us plenty of notice and arrives on time and does a very professional job. Also want to thank the entire team... Tim, Ed, William and Brent for doing an awesome job with my home and my rental homes for the last few years. Keep up the great work...

James Pritchett
James Pritchett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Last year the Cherokee County senior center assisted in me in finding a company to take care of a roach infestation in my home. I had tried several companies but I kept paying and the roaches never went away. William Botts with Canton Termite and Pest control came out and in 2 treatments got the job done. I am on a fixed income and appreciated the integrity and quality of this company. Today I realized I never thanked Canton Termite and Pest Control. I am thankful for what they did for me and refer my friends and anyone else who ask. They get the job done!

valerie hultquist
valerie hultquist

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

HONEST, HELPFUL, NOT IN BUSINESS TO RIP PEOPLE OFF! I called this company and spoke with a gentleman regarding a strange substance on the exterior of our home. I thought it might be termites because the paint was removed from the area as though it was being eaten. He asked me to email him a photo. He called me back and assured me it was not termites. He and the owner of the company gave me some suggestions of how to treat this mold-type substance. This could have easily gone in the opposite direction and charged me lots of $ to investigate a pest problem. No need to wonder if you will get a fair, honest deal with this company. They have a perfect 5 star rating because they have earned it the old fashioned way - by being honest.

Carl Carlson
Carl Carlson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I called William for a problem with carpenter bees. He was at my home within the hour. Problem solved. As we chatted I mentioned that in the spring we had birds nesting in our attic, now gone, but expected to return next year. He took the time to inspect the attic to figure out how they were getting in, and seal off the entrance... no additional charge. In short, he solved next years problem as a "good will" gesture (no pun intended). Great job. Great service. Did I mention William is now on my speed dial?

Debra Wright
Debra Wright

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Great customer service and prompt attention! William came out and did our initial application, but we need more treatment. Ed called me in no time and set up another treatment, same day! When Brent came out he was so professional and friendly! Took care of the application quickly, reassuring us that they are there whenever we need them! So glad I am using Canton Termite and Pest Control now for my pest services!

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