There are many different types of stinging pests that we must be aware of during the spring summer and early parts of the fall season. Yellow jackets are aggressive, especially if you happen upon their typical hidden nest which is most often found by accident underground. Paper wasp nests are easier to see as their nests are created under eaves, plants or tree branches that will give the paper-like nest protection. Bumble bees and carpenter bees rarely sting humans as they are considered to be the most docile creatures. Handle them incorrectly however and they will indeed be on the attack!
The European hornet, otherwise known as the “giant hornet” was first discovered in the United States in 1840 in New York. The giant hornet is much larger than any other stinging pests measuring in at approximately 35 mm for the queen and 25 mm for the workers.
You will most often find the giant hornet nest located in some type of a cavity that is typically about 6 feet above the ground. A tree hollow or wall void is the perfect nesting spot for these hornets. Giant hornets forage both day and night and are attracted to the lights emitted by homes at night. They consume caterpillars, flies, crickets, grasshoppers, and other yellow jacket species.
Giant hornet do sting and their nests contain from 300 to 1,000 workers so it is wise to contact a licensed NY or NJ pest control professional for removal of giant hornets that have invaded your home or trees.