Here in Florida, pests are often thriving during the month of August due to the hot, humid climate.
Homeowners will sometimes call us after having spotted what look like giant bees swarming around light sources in the evening. Typically, the insects in question are European Hornets.
The European hornet is a very large species of wasp, growing to approximately 1.3 inches in length.
True to their name, these hornets originated in Europe, and were first spotted in the United States during the 1850’s. European hornets are very distinct, and can be recognized by both their large size and distinct brown and yellow striped coloration.
Unlike most wasp species, European hornets forage at night, which is why they are often spotted in yards and around homes during the late evening. European hornets are social wasps, and therefore they live in a colony that can contain thousands of hornets. The hornets that you spot are usually the workers of the colony gathering food for the queen and larvae. European hornets are predatory, and will feed on a variety of other insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, and yellow jackets.
Since they will often feed on more harmful pests such as termites, they can be beneficial for homeowners if they are not too close to the home.
If you are noticing large numbers of European hornets in close proximity to your home, it is possible that a colony has been established nearby. This can be a risk for both people and pets, as European hornets carry an unusually high amount of venom in their stings which may be dangerous to even those with mild allergies. If you are concerned, the best course of action is to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect your property and identify any signs of pest activity.
At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying the same basic, generalized treatments in every instance, we treat each job as a unique situation. We use information gathered by a thorough inspection to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plans to resolve your pest problems quickly and completely!
So if you are a dealing with European hornets, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!
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