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How Dangerous Are Hornets In Buckeye Arizona?

Updated: Mar 20

Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. For those with

severe allergies to these pests, a sting can be fatal. And even if your life isn’t in danger, no one wants the

pain that comes with a hornet sting.

The most active time of year for stinging pests is during the second half of summer and early

fall. This is when they forage for food to sustain their colonies over the course of winter. During

this time, most hornets become more aggressive as the urgency to acquire sustenance increases -

making stings much more common if you are unfortunate enough to stumble into their territory.

In many cases, hornet encounters simply cannot be avoided in the outdoors. The good news is

that you have options when it comes to protecting your Buckeye property from unwanted


Hornet Identification

There has been a lot of buzz about the newfound invasive hornet species Asian giant hornets.

With a nickname like “murder hornet,” the concerns that have risen are perfectly understandable.

You might be surprised to hear that contrary to the widespread panic, this species is not a

significant threat to most of the United States. Sightings of the Asian giant hornet have been

limited to the Pacific Northwest, more specifically, the state of Washington.

Familiarity with hornet identification and hornet behavior is highly recommended in order to

prevent getting stung. Regardless of your geographical location, all hornet species pose a

significant threat to your health.

Bald-faced hornets

Bald-faced hornets are related to yellow jackets. They are considered hornets due to their large

size and aerial nests. Bald-faced hornets have antennae, large black bodies with a long wasp-like

shape, and their faces are mostly white. They have two slanted lines running from their

midsection towards their head and on the latter part of their abdomen. Their upper-mid-section is

triangular in appearance. Bald-faced hornets range from 1/2 – 5/8 inches in size, while the queen

averages around ¾ inches in size. They are visibly active during the day, and usually appear in

late summer.

Unlike other stinging insects, they will build new nests each season. Bald-faced hornets nests can

be found three or more feet off of the ground, usually in trees, shrubs, overhangs, houses, and

sheds. They build grey nests that can be up to 14 inches in diameter and more than 24 inches in

length. These nests are enclosed and not a cone nest structure.

European hornets

European hornets are also called giant hornets or brown hornets. Their common name refers to

their introduction from Europe to the New York area in the 1800’s. This species is brown with

yellow abdominal stripes and a pale face. Their bodies are long, robust, and wasp-like, ranging

from ¾ - 1½ inches in size. They have antennae, two pairs of wings, and six legs. Unlike most

stinging insects, European hornets can be active at night.

European hornet nests can be found in common areas such as hollow trees, attics, porches, and

inside wall voids. Their nests are not covered by an external structure. Instead, they have a

brown papery envelope covering their cells. Sheltered nests will have little to no envelope


Asian giant hornets