Murder Hornets in Texas?
2020 was one crazy year, what is even crazier is the introduction of the “murder hornets” also known as the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa Mandarinia). They are the largest in the world, on average they can get up to 2-inches long and have a 3-inch long wingspan.
Native to Japan, Taiwan, and other Asian countries these giant hornets are more aggressive with a powerful stinger. The venom of the Asian Giant Hornet has 8 different chemicals making it stronger than any bee sting. Unlike a honeybee, the Asian Giant Hornet can give multiple stings because the stinger is smooth with no barbs and be difficult to perform a hornet removal.
An easy way to identify an Asian Giant Hornet is by their distinct orange head. The body is covered in dark brown and yellow stripes.
They are attracted to tree saps and are known to eat entire beehives. Asian Giant Hornets use their mandibles to attack prey instead of their stingers.
Honeybees play an important role in the environment with this introduction of a new predator it will bring a lot of damage to our ecosystem.
The misconception that this hornet can kill, comes from the exceedingly rare cases where people die from anaphylactic shock. In Japan, these hornets are part of the daily diet being fried or cooked with.
Fortunately, there have only been reports in Washington state. Other reports of the “murder hornet” have been different species of wasps and bees that people fail to identify correctly.
In Texas, cicada killers are often mistaken for murder hornet because it their size. They are solitary wasps in the family Crabronidae and fly low to the ground.
If you ever encounter a murder hornet or another type of hornet, a hornet removal is your safest bet. You want make sure to plan accordingly and be safe at all times. Even if you plan to do the hornet removal yourself, you have to make sure you are prepared and covered in case there is an attack from the murder hornet(s). So, plan your attack. Make sure you have a thick garbage bag and thick clothes if you want to treat your area. An attack after sunset gives you a better opportunity to attack hornets, because they will be less active during this time. While the sun sets, be careful to use any light source. Hornets can not see in the dark, so a light source will frighten them and they will start attacking.
For any problems or encounters with cicada killers, wasps, honeybees or hornets call Bee Safe Bee Removal for a same day hornet removal. We can take care of the issue and you don’t have to risk your safety!