Myths about Murder Hornets
Myth #1: Their NameThey aren’t actually called “murder hornets.” Their scientific name is Vespa Mandarinia, and they are more commonly called Asian giant hornets.
Myth #2: They’re Murderers“Murder hornets” don’t murder people. They generally don’t even attack them, although they can be extremely aggessive if disturbed during summer and fall when they are nesting. These Asian giant hornets can, however, pose a threat to honeybees and can quickly decimate a hive.
Myth #3: They’ve InvadedThey aren’t invading the United States or even Washington state. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) received and verified reports of just two Asian giant hornets near Blaine in December 2019. However, WSDA is concerned about the potential threat to our environment, economy, and public health if those two Asian giant hornets seen last year weren’t alone here.
Myth #4: Their Sting is DeadlyIt’s unlikely that you’ll die if you get stung. The Asian giant hornet is venomous, and its sting is extremely painful. It can even sting multiple times. But the sting is rarely deadly to humans or pets. That being said, WSDA advises using “extreme caution” near Asian giant hornets, especially if you’re allergic to bee or wasp stings.
Some FactsThe Asian giant hornet is big. The largest hornet in the world, in fact. It’s generally 1.5-2 inches long … about the length of your thumb. Besides their size, they also are distinctive by their appearance. Here’s how to identify them:
- orange head
- large eyes
- black thorax
- orange or yellow and black striped abdomen
- large wings, which are similar to a dragonfly’s wings
If You Think You’ve Seen OneWSDA is concerned about the potential threat to honeybees, and they’re asking Washington state residents to report suspected Asian giant hornet sightings. If you think you see an Asian giant hornet or evidence of a beehive attack, here’s how to report it:
- Report using the Hornet Watch Report Form
- Email PestProgram@agr.wa.gov
- Call 1-800-443-6684
Learn more and schedule a consultation today!