Hornets, specifically the European Hornet, is a large stinging insect measuring 1-1.5 inches in length. They resemble and are often confused with the smaller yellow jacket. European Hornets, however, have a reddish brown head, body, and legs. These stingers are more prevalent in the warm summer months and prefer nesting in trees, shrubs, beneath eaves, and near scraps of food in outdoor eating areas. Homes with any similar nooks are susceptible to a hornet infestation.
A hornet nest near on your property is a safety concern due to the aggressive nature of these pests. Unlike some other stinging insects, a hornet is able to sting multiple times before losing its stinger, which can cause significant pain and allergic reactions, sometimes severe. Removal is the safest option with the help of a professional.