Many people are quite concerned about Asian murder hornets appearing in the United States. Here is some background information about these hornets and why they may pose a threat to honeybees.
About the Asian Murder Hornets
Asian murder hornets have gotten their name because they are common throughout Asia. These hornets have large and distinct bodies with orange heads and black-striped orange bodies. Like most wasps, they will defend their nests if they feel threatened. In most cases, they will not do anything if humans are not aggressive toward them.
Asian murder hornets have long stingers that don’t break off when they sting. Their stingers can puncture thick clothing, so humans should stay away from these hornets whenever possible.
What Happens if an Asian Murder Hornet stings you?
Asian murder hornets are attracted to tree sap, so if you happen to be near tree sap or have tree sap on you, these hornets could sting you. If you get stung, you will experience pain and swelling that could last up to a few days. An allergic reaction to the sting could put you into anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal. If you know that you are allergic to bee stings, stay away from Asian murder hornets.
Asian murder hornets can’t tolerate extreme hot or cold temperatures. They are mostly seen in the summer and fall seasons and will not live in the winter. They commonly are not out in the spring because temperatures are still too cold for them....