Murder Hornets are all over the news lately. And with a name like that, it’s no surprise. But what do we know about this unfamiliar pest?

According to an article from CBS News, two of these unwelcomed guests were discovered in Washington State late last year. Nobody is sure how they arrived in the U.S., and scientists have been on a quest to locate the source in order to eradicate them.  Murder Hornets are an orange and black hornet that originate from Asia and measure a massive two inches in length. Reportedly they are known to kill an average of fifty people each year in Japan.

However, according to professionals at the Smithsonian, Americans shouldn’t panic. The actual name for these pests is the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia), with Murder Hornet being just a nickname. Despite the name, they are actually predatory towards honey bees. According to an article in the Smithsonian magazine, they are “capable of massacring entire honey bee hives in a matter of hours”.  This, of course, is a concern since honey bees are crucial to our food supply.

The good news is that these hornets typically keep to themselves and will only sting if provoked. That being said, their stings are much more painful and their venom more toxic than that of a honey bee so it’s best to err on the side of caution. Although the U.S. sightings were late last year, Murder Hornets tend to hibernate in the winter and reemerge in April. There are professionals from the Washington State Department of Agriculture actively working to locate and eradicate any hives.

While we don’t have to worry about the Asian Giant Hornet in the Northeast at this time, if you suspect a stinging pest issue of any kind in or near your home or business, contact us today for a free inspection. Attention Pest Solutions offers exterminator services for Saratoga County, Albany County, Washington County, Fulton County, Warren County, Schenectady County and Montgomery County.