The Dangers of Hornets

A woman was recently killed while mowing grass, when she stumbled upon hornet’s nest in a wooden bench. A gardener almost lost his life by getting stung a multiple times when pulling out the weed disturbed an underground wasp nest. Another person suffered from permanent scars from the dangerous hornet’s stings while cleaning the discarded lumber that was hiding the nest. Because these dangerous insects are often seen lurking around in the air, making everyone fear wherever they go.

Hornets are very dangerous creatures, as their stings have the ability to incapacitate and even kill the person. The sting of a hornet varies in toxicity, some types or species have a more typical insect sting while some have the moist poisonous stings. Allergies to the sting of hornets is one of the main concern of everyone, as if someone stung by a hornet will suffer from a dangerous anaphylactic shock. Moreover, hornets are also able to make use of pheromones to communicate to its entire nest all at once, leading them to swarm, which is very dangerous.

The inside workings of a hornet’s nest is intricate and can go several layers beyond the outer later that may be visible to you. There might be many larvae buried deep within the nest who might be getting nourish by the queen hornet who built up the nest and to get them down, you will require a very poisonous spray or solution that can do the job, but make sure that you are prepared for the dangers if the plan to kill them does not work.

Hornet Stings

Hornet stings immediately cause allergic reactions in individuals who are sensitive to the venom of wasps. However, remember that the venom of a bee and wasp has different chemicals, so it is quite possible to be allergic o one type of insect and not the other. Signs of an allergic reaction after getting stung are rashes or hives on the affected area, shortness of breath, light headedness, sweating and abdominal pain. Usually, a hornet sting is found to contain less venom measured volume by volume than the venom of a bee sting, but is able to potentially harm more than the sting of a bee and is many more times toxic. Typically, the sting of a hornet is way more painful than a wasp’s or bee’s sting because of the presence of a chemical called acetylcholine. All wasps are able to sting for a multiple of times without getting killed, just like the honey bees, as their stinger does not barb. In addition, hornets are able to sting and bite at the same time, making them the deadliest of their species.

The sting of a giant Asian hornet also known as Vespa mandarinia japonica is one of the most venomous known and is known to cause around thirty to fifty deaths annually in Japan and around forty two in China. The Asian giant hornets can trigger allergic reactions in individuals and multiple organ failures that eventually lead to death, though rarely dialysis is used to remove the toxins from the blood in case the person gets enough time t survive.

People with wasp venom allergies ca die from the allergic reaction caused due to a hornet sting. But even if someone is not allergic, he or she can still die after getting stung from a neurotoxin know as mandaratoxin, if they are stung multiple of times. Some species of hornets have more venomous stings as compared to most types of wasps or bees that make the thought of even encountering the entire colony of hornets a frightful prospect. The worst part of getting stung by the queen of the hornets is that its sting will release an odour that will attract other hornets to the person stung. It is more like putting more chaff into the fire. Therefore, stirring with a hornet can be a very dangerous thing for someone to do without any professional help or protective measures. However, this does not mean that the hornet’s nests should be left alone, sometimes human do too turn the table son these deadly hornets.

If in case you get stung by a hornet, cooling the stung area is soothing but can even induce several allergic reactions that arise from an overactive immune system. These reactions begin with redness and welling in the stung area. In a situation immediately see a doctor to seek professional help.


Hornets posses the capability of mobilizing its entire nests for attacking or defending themselves, which is incredibly dangerous for humans. Hornets make use of their pheromones to alert the nest of any potential dangerous or predator near. One should always avoid killing a hornet’s nest themselves, as it might trigger the entire nest and get them ready for an attack which can eventually lead to death too. Hornets can even misinterpret the scent of certain volatile chemicals like perfumes and take it as an indication of attacking.

Behavior of the Hornets

Hornets attack only when are hunting for food or protecting themselves. During autumn, other types of wasps like the yellow jackets switch to human food, leading to confrontation, while hornets continue to eat living insects. Both yellow jackets and hornets die in winters, except in certain places where the temperature is almost the same throughout the year.

Hornets are considered as pests when they make their nests near humans which they defend aggressively if they feel threatened. Though everyone fears the sting of a hornet, hornets only sting when their nests are destroyed or poisoned. In some countries, such as Germany, hornets are even granted protection to help pressure their role and maintain a balance in the ecosystem.

What is the difference between a hornet and a wasp?

Wasps and hornets are closely related, in fact, hornet is a type of wasp. All of the hornets fall below the category of wasps but not all wasps are hornets. The problem faced when differentiating between a hornet and a wasp, is that terms are somewhat generic. Hornets are observed to be a little bit fatter and rounder than wasps and much more aggressive and potentially dangerous. Yellow jackets, type of wasps, are often mistaken as bees due to their yellow and black body.

Getting rid of hornets

Except for posing great danger to the humans, hornets are not that much of a threat to the ecosystem or the surrounding environment. Hornets mostly attack the insects that are considered as pests and also assist in the pollination of flowers. Due to the far of hornets and their ability to even hurt and kill an individually, have made everyone view them as the deadliest of flying insects. However, he famous saying ‘if you leave them alone, they leave you alone’ is very true when it comes to hornets.
Hornets are indeed dangerous, but by knowing the dangers and how they are provoked, one can reduce or prevent injuries that results from the stings of hornets. If someone is allergic to insect stings or wasp venoms, then your only choice is to contact a local pest control company to help you get rid of them.

Hornets are becoming a rather big problem these days, and the removal of these dangerous insects should be done carefully and with precautions to avoid any stressful and painful collisions between a human and a hornet. Hornet nests are the least active during night time, thus it is in the best of your interests that you attack the nest during night time. Wait till the sun is down for at least three hours before you make an attempt to destroy the hornet’s nest.

The internet also offers a number of many home cures to get rid of the deadly hornets. Most of all these do-it-yourself ways are of questionable effectiveness and can also be detrimental to the planting and also carry a very high risk to the health of the owner and safety. Seldom does a person escape the deadly stings of these creatures if disturbed.

Hornets usually set up their nests during the early spring, but die within winter and become active again in warmer months. They are mostly found in cold dark places and have a knack to attach to the ceiling or build their nests in hard surfaces such as wood surfaces or holes in concrete. Make sure you are wearing gloves and pants, when trying to get rid of hornets yourself. It is always a better option to be safe than only regret afterwards and if you are allergic to stings, then leave the worry of getting rid of the hone to a professional.

So you were thinking that the killer bees were the worst of all the insects? Or maybe that the sting of the fire ant was the most burning kind of sting you once can ever experience? If you find any giant cockroaches freighting in sight, then you better steer clear of this monster lurking around you, because the hornets are by all means a monster of the insect world.


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