Just How Dangerous Are Hornets In Miami-Dade County?

September 17, 2020


When it comes to pests in the Miami-Dade County area, none are more dreaded than hornets. While they are inclined to leave people alone as long as we maintain our distance, hornets still more than earn their moniker as troublesome. While there are a number of species of hornets in the United States, they share a similar appearance with their close relative the Yellowjacket. Like Yellowjackets and other wasps in the Vespa family, hornets are known for their large heads and rounded abdomens.

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Why They’re So Dangerous

The good news is that hornets don’t actively seek out humans to harm. But they are very territorial so if they feel provoked or threatened, they will attack en masse. This is perhaps why they’re the most dangerous insects in the wasp family. Consider the following:

  • Powerful stings: Hornets defend themselves and their nests with powerful stingers. However, it’s not the fact they sting that makes them so troublesome. The real problem with hornets is how they signal other hornets nearby to attack. For this reason, it’s not one sting you face but multiple stings.
  • Potent venom: In addition to the sting itself, hornets also pack more venom in their stings. Their venom is known to possess a large amount (5%) of acetylcholine. Since they sting repeatedly, it’s possible for people to end up with a large amount of this venom in their system. Some non-European species of hornets have been known to cause fatal stings.
  • Anaphylactic shock: Some people are allergic to stings beyond the natural toxicity present within their venom. For those allergic to hornet stings, they can end up in the hospital or dead if not treated quickly enough.

Hornet Prevention Tips To Consider

The best way to not have a hornet problem on your property is to prevent them from getting onto the property in the first place. That’s why we have put together a list of things to do to try to keep unwanted hornets away:

  • Remove unwanted food: Hornet like people food. This goes double for any food item that is sweet. For this reason, it’s important to ensure your foods are covered and sealed when in use. When done with the leftover food, be sure to store it properly. 

  • Cover trashcans: Hornets are just as happy to get into your trash as well. Be sure to tie your trash bags, shut your trashcan lids, and have your trash disposal located away from the house to ensure you’re protected. 

  • Maintain the home: Hornets can get in through cracks, holes, and damaged screens as easily as flying through an open door or window. That’s why it’s important to patrol your perimeter regularly and ensure everything is sealed. This has the added benefit of preventing other pests from making it inside, resulting in a win-win situation. Don’t forget to check for burrows in the ground as well. 

  • Practice landscaping: The wilder your yard looks, the wilder the pests that invade. Tall grass, overgrown bushes, and unkempt vegetation represent a haven for a range of pests, including hornets. You can avoid this happening to you by making sure your yard is well maintained. 

Hornet Control From Amco Pest Control

Hornets are never fun for anyone in the Miami-Dade County area. When they invade, they create stress and can result in harm to your person or property. That’s why our team at Amco Pest Control is committed to providing high quality, effective pest control designed with the health and safety of your family and pets in mind. Are you in need of hornet-prevention services? Give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.




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