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The Dangers of Hornets

While many pests are an annoyance or inconvenience, there are certain pests that present more of a danger to humans and homes. Learn more about what makes hornets dangerous and what to do if you are seeing them around your home.

About Hornets 

In general, hornets are considered the least aggressive type of stinging insect. However, they won’t hesitate to attack if they feel that the colony is being threatened. What makes hornets, particularly dangerous is that they can sting repeatedly. A single hornet can attack again and again, so if you encounter an entire colony, you could end up with hundreds of stings.

Honeybees, on the other hand, can only sting once. When they need to defend the hive, they will deliver a sting that results in the stinger being left in the skin. In fact, once they sting they will die off due to injuries. This makes honeybees much less threatening.

Some people are allergic to the venom in a hornet’s sting and will experience a powerful reaction that can be deadly. However, most people will suffer from the usual symptoms, which include pain, swelling, itching, and a rash. Even more mild symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and well worth avoiding.

Hornet Habitats

Hornets can also be dangerous because you may not notice their nest until it is too late. In the wild, they build nests high up in the trees or in the ground. Humans often inadvertently disturb these nests by cutting down trees or stepping in the wrong spot. Hornets will also build nests in higher spaces of homes, such as attics and eaves.

Now that you know a little more about hornet behavior, it should come as no surprise that removing a hornet’s nest is best left up to the experts. Hiring a professional will not only protect you and your family but also ensure that the nest is fully eradicated. If you have a hornet problem or need help with other pest-related issues, call the experts at PMi Pest Management.

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