Perhaps the “European” portion of a European Hornet’s name implies civility, propriety and drinking wine with your dinner. Unfortunately, I cannot validate these assumptions, but rather, have a lot to say about how European Hornets are NOT friendly creatures.
European Hornets are indeed from Europe, as they were imported via trade routes from countries on the mainland to American soil in the 1800’s. The European Hornet is large and fearsome to observe by sight and sound alike, and this is compounded by the potential for these hornets to build nests containing up to four hundred of the creatures! European Hornets will live anywhere that is open and hollow, including barns, trees, hollow walls of houses, attics, and even in empty beehives! They are not generally aggressive creatures, but when living in areas populated by humans and animals alike, they can be aggravated if their nest or harvesting process is disturbed. They will gather sap from plants and feed on large insects, and for this reason, they are often appreciated, but European Hornets can be dangerous as well. European Hornets have smooth stingers, meaning that they can sting repeatedly until the victim leaves the immediate area. This can become a huge danger to children, whose smaller bodies will respond more severely to the venom than an adult’s body might, and of course causes significant reason for caution to those with allergic reactions to insect stings. Different from many insects, the European Hornet is more active during the night rather than the day. This means that if you have an infestation in or around your home, you may observe this more during the evening hours than during the day, but Hornets will still enter and exit the nest periodically throughout the day, and will still defend their nest aggressively at any point. European Hornets cause damage to their environments by chewing on trees, shrubs, and even wall coverings in order to build their nests. The Hornets will also chew through walls in order to create a new entrance and exit if the current exit is plugged or insecticides are sprayed within. This will cause additional danger and damage around your home, so contact a professional in pest control is recommended. If you have need of pest control services for European Hornets or any other kind of pest, then call Canton Termite and Pest Control at 770-479-1598 today! We provide service throughout zip codes of 30115, 30114, 30183, and 30107 and around these areas.
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