Murder Hornets in the News: Truth or Fiction?

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Earlier this year, news stories highlighted giant Asian hornets that were found for the first time in the United States. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people wondered if the virus wasn’t the only source of danger outside!

These hornets were first found in Washington, which is why the state started an outreach program early in the year. The worry was that these murder hornets would move to other locations and spread throughout the US – including to California.

Should You Be Worried about Murder Hornets?

This giant hornet is the largest in the world, with the possibility of growing up to 1.5 – 2 inches in length. When you compare this size to the normal hornets you are familiar with, it means this special breed is anywhere from 5 to 20 times heavier than a regular honey bee.

The name “murder hornet” sounds intimidating. But the truth is that most people don’t need to be worried about these pests. This nickname was coined in the mass media coverage because the hornets can kill other insects (such as honey bees) at an alarming pace.

While the giant hornet sting can be harmful to human health, it’s not common for these hornets to attack humans. Like other hornets and bees, murder hornets only attack if they are defending their nests.

No Murder Hornets in California

So far, there have been no sightings of murder hornets in our state. While it is a possibility that they might start turning up in the future, you don’t need to lose sleep at night because of these pests.

Regardless of the type of pests you are finding at home; it’s smart to hire professional services for managing the infestation. For example, if you find a nest of hornets or wasps in your yard, then you can protect your family by contacting a local pest control team. We offer safe, effective ways to get rid of these colonies to minimize the chances of you getting stung.

Riche’s Termite and Pest Service is here to help with all of your pest control needs. If you are dealing with insects, rodents, or reptiles, then call us right away to learn more about available services: (951) 233-7697.