Are There Murder Hornets in the Bay Area?
Infamously dubbed as the “murder hornet”, the Asian giant hornet has certainly made the rounds in the media over the past couple of months. As the world’s largest hornet, they are also considered to be the deadliest. Originally only being found in Japan, China, and several other Asian countries, the first sightings of these hornets were recorded in the Pacific Northwest late last year. As of now, there have been no recorded sightings of the Asian giant hornet in the North Bay or East Bay Area. Nonetheless, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of this now-notorious stinging insect–read on to learn more from The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control.
6 Characteristics of the Asian Giant Hornet
These hornets look different then many hornets. True to their name, they are most recognizable because of their large size. Here are 6 traits that help identify the murder hornet:
- Worker murder hornets are 1 ½ – 2” in length while queens can exceed 2”.
- They have a light orange head with an orange, black, and brown striped body.
- They have large, prominent eyes
- One of the more frightening features are their distinctly sharp mandibles
- These hornets possess 6 legs and a set of antennae
- Their stingers are ¼” (6 mm) in length
What are The Threats of the Asian Giant Hornet?
The biggest concern scientists currently have about this hornet is the fact that they pose such a threat to the honeybee population. A single murder hornet can kill dozens of honeybees in minutes, and a group of 30 hornets can devour a hive of nearly 30,0000 bees in hours. If these hornets were to have a bigger presence in the states, the honeybee population would be in severe danger.
But what about their stings? Like many stinging insects, the Asian giant hornet will not attack humans unless they feel provoked or threatened. Their stings contain neurotoxins and are extremely painful. Even if you are not allergic, multiple stings from the murder hornet can cause organ failure and eventual death. They are responsible for up to 50 deaths a year in Japan!
Are Murder Hornets Spreading?
Thankfully, there have been no sightings of this hornet in the Bay Area. Needless to say, scientists are working hard to find, trap, and eradicate this pest before it becomes a serious problem. Regardless, it’s important to always contact a licensed pest control company such as The Hitmen for help with any type of stinging insect.