2020 has been quite a year. Just when people thought that it couldn’t get any more ridiculous, we heard the news. The “murder hornets” are coming. People who hear about these murder hornets, also known as Asian giant hornets, are understandably scared, but the bug control experts here at Action Pest Exterminating want you to know that you shouldn’t be fearful. There are many reasons to believe that they won’t be as scary as some media stories are making them out to be.
They’re Incredibly Rare
The main thing you need to know about murder hornets is that they’re incredibly rare in the United States at the moment. Some were found out west, but there were no established nests found. Just finding a few hornets simply isn’t a cause for alarm. This species hasn’t established itself here yet.
They’ve Peacefully Coexisted with Humans in Other Countries
It’s also important to remember that, for an insect with such a scary name, it’s done a fine job of coexisting with humans for hundreds of years now. It lives in populous countries like China, Korea, and Japan, and most people aren’t too worried about them unless they have an allergy. Even if Asian giant hornets made it here in significant numbers, it would probably not affect your day to day life that much. We would live alongside them just like people across the Pacific Ocean have for years.
We Already Have Large Hornets in the United States
Not to scare you, but we already have some larger stinging insects living here in the United States. The tarantula hawk wasp has one of the most painful stings in the world and can be found all across the southern and western United States, but you probably haven’t heard of them. Why? Because they don’t generally bother humans. Like any other species of bee or wasp, they just want to build their nests in a safe location and breed. So they’re treated just like any other bug infestation. If you notice signs of a hive, you call in pro bug control teams to take care of it. If Asian giant hornets established a habitat here, they would be handled in exactly the same way and their interactions with humans would also be rare.
We’re Not Their Targets
You also have to remember that you’re not a target for a species like this. A murder hornet is not going to seek out humans, despite its scary name. They’re going after other insects that they see as prey. There’s really no reason for them to try and approach humans and attack them unprovoked. Instead you should be more aware of how to prevent infestations of pests like mosquitoes, ones that actually breed nearby and do target humans when they’re hungry. Even if Asian giant humans showed up here in significant numbers, they’re going to be as scared of you as you are of them.
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Our expert Charlotte exterminators can handle anything, even “murder hornets,” so contact us whenever you notice a sign of infestation. Action Pest Exterminating is ready to handle any kind of household pest you’ve encountered.