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Hornets and Wasps

Wasp and Hornet in Singapore can sting multiple times when feel threatened and may cause allergic reaction. They are carnivorous, their diet contains sugar from ripe fruits, insect, honeydew or tree sap. Wasp and Hornet sting are life threatening to grasshoppers, caterpillars and other smaller insects. They can be particularly aggressive, when defending their nests.

It is common to be confuse by Wasps and Hornets. First you will need to understand that Hornets are a type of Wasp species, but not all are Hornets. Since identification is so important to safely controlling and removing these pests. There are a few type of treatment available to tackle the Hornets and Wasps infestation problem.

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Lifecycle, Diet & All

Hornets and Wasps Characteristic

They can create a constant nuisance and chaos on your outdoor events. It is not easy to tell the difference between Wasp and Hornets. From identifying to eliminating, educate yourself with everything you need to understand about the pest. Learn how to identify them correctly, it is easier to tackle any stinging pest problem

The Hornets Lifecycle

They chew wood to make the Hornet nest, which turns it into a Paper Mache-like material. The type material that is surprisingly strong, light and waterproof.

They goes through a complete lifecycle from an egg, larvae, pupa to an adult Hornet. It takes about 5 to 8 days for the egg to hatch into a larvae. The queen feeds the larvae with a protein-rich insect food diet. The larva then spins silk cap over its cell opening and transforms into an adult Hornet worker.

The Hornets Anatomy

They have a head, thorax, and abdominal part, each serves a purpose. Their head contains their brain, eyes, antennae, and mouthparts, which is use to navigate, find prey, and to feed. The thorax is where the wings and legs are attach to and abdomen contains digestive system, reproductive organs, and stinger.

The compound eyes, allows them to see multiple directions and a wide range of views. They have strong biting jaws that can tear apart prey, including pollen and sweet substances.

The Hornets Dietary

The adult Hornets feeds on nectar, plants rich in sugar and often saps and honey. They also feed on overripe fruits creating a hole in the fruit to indulge in its pulp.

They attack various type of insects, by killing them with a stinger and trap within the jaws. Depending on the size of its victims, the venom can kill large insects. The insects they sting are honey bees, grasshoppers and caterpillars causing them to die within minutes.

The Wasps Lifecycle

They make the Wasp nest by chewing on wood and producing a wood pulp material with their saliva.

They goes through a complete lifecycle from an egg, larvae, pupa to an adult Wasp. The queen builds cells and lays her eggs producing about 200 to 300 eggs a day. And releases pheromones that keep the colony united. The worker Wasps take over and rear the young and forage for food for the entire colony.

The Wasps Anatomy

Like any other insects, Wasps have hard exoskeletons, with divided into three body segments. The head contains a pair of antennae, mouthparts for biting, feeding and navigating. The compound eyes known as ocelli allows them to view in multiple direction. Their head contains a tiny brain and some areas of the brain expands when facing with difficult tasks.

The legs and wings attached to the thorax give sufficient strength to fly away with a victim paralysed in its grip. The abdominal contains the major organ and in female Wasps a deadly stinger for self-defence and hunting. Wasps sting are toxic to fish, depending on the size of the fish, if its tiny the venom can gradually kill.

The Wasps Dietary

Adult social Wasps feeds on nectar and occasionally forage for food for their young. They stock the young with a supply of an immobilised prey such as one large caterpillar, spider, mostly insects. A small fraction of Wasps are omnivorous, feeds on fallen rotting fruit, nectar, and occasionally dead insects.

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Signs of Hornets and Wasps Infestation

Live Presence

Seeing one or two Hornets or Wasps does not necessarily indicate an infestation. It could be that they are passing by. But if you see several of these pests in your home it could mean an infestation.


If you have seen a nest on your premises, it is possible that you are facing an active infestation. They normally build their nests in areas such as toilets, cabinets, and wooden closet doors. Yellow Jackets are well known for building under ground nests, so keep a close lookout for holes nearby.


The Paper Wasp and Hornet chewed wood mix with saliva. They will likely take wood from objects found on your premises. You will notice tiny holes in trees, wooden cabinets, or the exterior home.

Buzzing Noise

Like many other flying insects, Hornets or Wasps can make noises. You will hear the loud buzzing sound escaping your ears before seeing them. Do not attempt to use a Wasp and Hornet spray without proper identification, as it will make matters worse.

These are just some of the Hornets and Wasps that can be found in Singapore

Types of Hornets and Wasps

Banded Hornet


They are aggressive and have a powerful sting that can cause a severe allergic reaction. Their nests looks like a bell-shaped that is made with overlapping paper.

Greater banded hornet in Singapore


They are large and distinctive, with an orange head and black-banded orange abdominal. Like any other Wasp, they defend their nest colony if provoked.



They are black and yellow with marking at the end of the abdomen. In Singapore, they are slightly light in colour and considered least defensive species.



They have stingers used to kill common insects and when required to defend their nests, they can be very aggressive.



They are territorial and attacks people with their stings causing a lot of pain. Like all venomous animals, they produce a fatal anaphylactic reaction for some. Get medical attention as low blood pressure can happen, resulting to become weak, fainting and in some severe cases, death.


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