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European Hornets

Actual Size: 2.5- 3 mm

Characteristics: Large and typically red, with brown and yellow stripes. It also has a fuzzy thorax.

Behavior:

  • European hornets typically nest in trees, high out of reach.
  • Nests have a classic oval shape, and they are made of paper.
  • By the time a nest is discovered, it can be the size of a basketball.
  • European hornets are known for guarding their nests and their food sources, and can often be spotted hovering around garbage areas.

 

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Pest Description

European Hornets Behavior

They prefer to nest in trees or shrubs. European hornets create paper nests, made out of their saliva and chewed material, and these nests are generally oval shaped. By the time most nests are discovered, they are the size of a basketball, with an entry/exit hole at the bottom of the structure. Many times nests are high in trees, completely out of reach. European hornets are rarely aggressive, unless their nest is disturbed or if they’re guarding a food source. European hornets may be noticed hovering around compost and garbage cans. If hornets are in sight, it’s likely there’s a nest nearby.

Problems Caused by European Hornets

Although they are considered beneficial insects because they pollinate and predate on other harmful insects, European hornets can still be a serious problem for humans and animals. The stings are very painful, and people who are allergic to the European hornet sting need to take special precautions to avoid being stung. If you are allergic or sensitive to stings in general, it’s always best to call a professional when a nest of European hornets is discovered.

Preventing, Controlling, and Eliminating Bold Faced Hornets

Routine inspection of outdoor areas can be vital in preventing a European hornet infestation. Garbage areas should be properly controlled, with all containers tightly sealed. Elimination of any fruit juice, rotting food, or other acceptable food sources for these hornets should be completed as well.

If there is an existing nest near a human-inhabited area, do not attempt to remove it. European hornets will attack any perceived threat to their hive. Because they can sting repeatedly, they pose much more of a danger than a simple honey bee. Calling a pest control professional is critical, as they have the necessary training to remove the nest safely. At Pest Control Inc., our comprehensive stinging insect service always includes inspection, treatment, and followup, and we will work with you to ensure the European hornet infestation is permanently resolved.