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Long Island, Nassau County New York is also home to the Giant Hornet, also called the European Hornet, Vespa crabo.  The giant hornet is New York's largest hornet, reaching lengths of 1 1/8."  It is very similar in appearance to the smaller yellowjacket.   The European Hornet is not a native insect, but was introduced to the United States in the 1800s.  Giant hornets often build their nests in enclosed spaces, such as hollow trees, animal burrows, and wall voids in buildings.  Hornets are typically not as common around homes as paper wasps and yellowjackets, preferring to make their nests in forests, meadows, and rural areas.
The European hornet is a brown and yellow hornet that can sometimes be confused with its relative, the yellow jacket wasp. Even though it is one of the larger stinging insects in the United States, it tends not to bother people as long as they stay away from their nests. The first reported sighting of European hornets was in New York in the early 1840s. Since then, they have been found in almost every state east of the Mississippi River.

Should one or more European hornets attack you it is important to note that they can sting multiple times and do secrete venom. While most people do not suffer from allergic reactions to these stings, almost all experience some sort of swelling around the site of the wound, as well as redness and itchiness for about a day.
These hornets make their homes in elevated areas like hollow trees, or high up on buildings. When building her nest, the queen hornet will often gather pieces of bark from trees. She does this by chewing bits from trees with thin bark into a paste-like substance. This process will typically leave small, thin rings around the trunk, often appearing as though it has been used as a scratching post. The queen will often return to the same tree multiple times rather than harvest from a new one, so these rings may even go the whole length of the trunk.

These giant hornets will often build their nests near homes, out buildings or commercial buildings to keep it protected from the elements, but not typically inside of structures. Nests can sometimes be constructed vertically in the smaller cracks of tree trunks, with only a small portion visible at first glance. Other times the nest will appear like the more familiar bee’s nest, a larger, sometimes football shaped, brown-colored mass that protrudes from a structure. Despite the European hornet’s ability to fly in the rain with ease, it still prefers to find shelter away from the weather. Therefore, the nest will typically not be exposed completely, and in commercial areas it may be hidden in behind signs, under raised terraces, or storage areas.
European hornets are almost always on the lookout for sweets. This means you may find them circling around that sweet soda or juice you’ve been drinking outside on a hot day. These hornets have also been known to search through our garbage to find fruit, although that’s not all they eat. They also have a taste for grasshoppers, caterpillars and even yellow jackets.

When worker hornets have hatched they will primarily eat the sap of trees, often harvested from the same thin-barked ones used by the queen to make her nest. Sometimes, this feeding will cause the trees to die. This is one of the primary reasons the European hornet is considered a pest.

The European hornet is most active in the early spring and summer, but has been known to make brief appearances during warmer days in the winter. The aggressiveness of this pest depends on the proximity of humans to their nest.  When you spot a hornet's nest it is always a good idea to contact an expert to remove it.  That is where Long Island Bee Removal of Nassau County New York comes in, we are just the experts to contact.
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