In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on the Asian giant hornet, or “murder hornet.” This species, which was recently spotted in the US for the first time in history, is one of the largest stinging insects on earth, and can be dangerous to both other insects, the ecosystem and even humans in rare cases.
At A-1 Exterminators, we’re happy to soothe your concerns about these new pest risks or any other pest control needs, from general insect control to bed bug control, termite extermination and even rodent and bird control services. While the Asian giant hornet sounds like a major concern, there’s reason to believe it won’t necessarily signal the disaster some are forecasting. Here are some basics on how to think about it, plus some general reminders on how to prevent stinging insect risks and what to do if you’re stung.
Should You Worry?
News reports and social media promotion perhaps caused a bit of an outsized uproar regarding Asian giant hornets, particularly the “murder hornet” moniker attached to them. In reality, while they’re indeed potential harmful, the risk to people or property in the US is very low.
This is because the only confirmed sighting of the pest was in Washington, and experts are taking major steps to prevent spread. While it’s possible that such spread could still exist and significant environmental risks could become present due to it, there’s no evidence of that at this point. Rather, the much larger risk Americans face is from common stinging insects like wasps and yellowjackets, which continue to account for hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits each year.
Stinging Insect Infestation Prevention
Here are some basic tips to prevent any kind of infestation from a stinging insect on your property:
- Keep trash cans and other receptacles covered and tightly sealed.
- Avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes when spending long periods of time outside, as some stinging insects are attracted to them.
- If eating outside, keep food covered until you begin eating.
- Ensure doors and windows have proper coverage, from screens to gap protection.
- If you’re near a stinging insect nest or group of such insects, remain calm and quiet. Slowly walk away from the area.
Action if Stung
If you happen to be stung by a stinging insect, take the following steps:
- Remove the stinger as fast as you can if it’s stuck in your skin, which will decrease the venom released into your bloodstream.
- Clean the area with soap and cold water, then use cold compressions to reduce swelling.
- If you or anyone else around you experiences allergic symptoms, such as tongue or throat swelling, dizziness or shortness of breath, immediately call 911 for emergency assistance.
For more on Asian giant hornets and other stinging insects, or to learn about any of our exterminator or pest control services, speak to the staff at A-1 Exterminators today.