Insects

All you Need to Know About The European Hornet


Have you seen large hornets flying around? You’re probably seeing European hornets, which are twice as big as bald-faced hornets. These large insects can cause a few problems for homeowners in NJ. Our Rumson pest control team offers the following information on these hornets.

Size and Appearance

European hornets are a large species of wasp. They have a honey or amber-colored body rather than bright yellow and black stripes. These hornets have strong jaw mandibles that allow them to remove pieces of bark to feed larvae and make nests.

Tree and Shrub Damage

You might think that being stung is the only problem these hornets cause, but they can also damage trees and shrubs. They gouge branches to collect pieces used for making paper nests. They also give young larvae pieces of bark to eat and feed on bark themselves. If this happens often enough, branches can end up dying. Since European hornets usually go back to the same shrub or tree every year, there’s a high chance of serious damage occurring.

Colony Size

European hornet colonies can have up to 1,000 workers or as few as 300. They’re mainly active in late summer and fall. Most of the colony dies off each winter. Queens stay in nest areas for protection from the cold and survive the winter months. These hornets typically nests in or near shrubs and trees, but some make nests inside walls or other structures.

Other Threats

European hornets can inflict painful stings, although they’re usually not aggressive toward people. They can also be a threat to local honeybee colonies, which affects pollination.

If you need Rumson pest control for your home, contact your local exterminator Allison Pest Control. We can remove European hornets or other stinging pests from your property safely.

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