HOW TO IDENTIFY EUROPEAN HORNETS?
The European hornet is a wasp-like shaped insect with yellow abdominal stripes on a brown body. The robust European hornet is much larger than the yellow jacket and can range in size from ¾ inch to 1 and ½ inches in length. Sometimes referred to as the Giant hornet, this stinging insect was introduced to the New York area from Europe in the early 1800’s. One distinct difference from other stinging insects, the European hornet is known to be quite active at night.
WHY DO I HAVE A EUROPEAN HORNET PROBLEM?
Understanding the habits of the European hornet will help identify why they are creating a problem around your property. Brightly lit windows and outside lights will certainly attract these nighttime flying insects. They are also attracted to fruit and tree sap. The European hornet likes hollow trees, barns and other outbuildings in which to build their nests. They will target attics and hollow walls of houses as well. Being well lit up at night, having an abundance of fruit, and a great selection of where to build a nest will aid in developing a hornet problem.
ARE EUROPEAN HORNETS DANGEROUS?
The stinger of a European hornet is void of barbs allowing them to sting multiple times with their smooth stinger. They also carry venom, causing the sting to swell and burn or itch for 24 hours. Many people are susceptible to allergic reactions from the venom.
In addition to physical harm, the European hornet can cause considerable damage to trees and shrubs. They will strip the bark from such to get to the sap. The bark fiber is also desirable material for which to build their nests.
EUROPEAN HORNET PREVENTION TIPS
Eliminating food sources is the best way to prevent European hornets from being attracted to your property. Keep fallen fruit and overripe fruit cleaned up and removed from the yard.
European hornets like to be active at night. Replace outside lights with non-attracting, dull yellow bulbs.
Any openings in outside walls or attic area should be sealed shut with caulking. These preventive measures will reduce the chances of European hornets taking up residence on your property.
HOW DO I CONTROL EUROPEAN HORNETS?
The control of European hornet infestations is best left up to professionally trained technicians. Removing an active nest is placing the novice at risk of multiple stings and still not eradicating all the hornets. Russell’s Home Pest Control packages will protect your home, family and pets against European hornets and many other common household pests.
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