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How to Identify and Avoid Hornets This Summer

Posted by: Cooper Pest

One of the more bothersome and potentially dangerous stinging insect is the hornet.  The European Hornet is the type of hornet that is the most prevalent in our area and can be quite intimidating.  In fact, the queens can grow up to an inch and a half long.

How do I know if I have hornets? Sometimes identifying the insect can be hard; here are some tips to help quickly identify the problem.


- Female hornets are 25 to 35 mm long, while males and workers are smaller

- They have reddish-orange wings and a brown stripe on their orange stomach

- Hornet's hind wings join to the forewings with a row of tiny hooks.

- Nests will typically be in tree branches and bushes and look like an inverted teardrop.

- Nests will be a grayish color.

How do I avoid hornets nesting on my property? Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent hornets from building nests on your property.

How do I deal with hornets? If you have an active Hornet infestation, give us a call and we’ll take care of the problem since Hornets can sting numerous times and will do so aggressively if provoked.

Generally, Hornets do not attack humans, and will only sting if they are threatened. If a Hornet perceives it is under attack or that its nest is under attack, it will respond viciously.

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