European Hornet

Our remedy for european hornet control

First, contact us. Removing the nest is the only way to effectively eliminate a hornet colony. This should only be done by an experienced professional and is tricky because they’re active both night and day. The danger of stings is considerable. The European hornet is NOT a DIY pest.

close up of european hornet from Rose Pest Solutions

How to Identify a European Hornet


Golden brown with pale yellow stripes; 1 to 1-1/2″ long.


The European hornet, also called “Giant hornet”, likes to build paper nests in hollow trees, barns and out buildings. However, they will also nest inside the walls, attics, and chimneys of buildings, and abandoned beehives as well. Nests are sometimes also constructed on the exterior sides of buildings.

Like yellowjackets and bald-faced hornets, European hornets aggressively defend their colony if it is disturbed. Loud nearby vibrating noises from lawnmowers and leaf blowers can cause hornet workers to sting people and pets. This wasp is much larger than a yellowjacket and unlike most other stinging insects, this one can be active at night as well as during the day. They’re attracted to light and are known for banging on lit windows at night, similar to June bugs.

European hornets can do a lot of damage to trees and shrubs because they strip the bark to access sap and use that to build their nests. They’re capable of stinging multiple times and are venomous. A sting by one of these may require medical attention.


European hornets feed on a variety of large insects such as grasshoppers, flies, yellowjackets and honey bees.

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“Rose Pest came out and handled the problem with a hornets nest nearing our public parking lot. They not only sprayed the nest, but the surrounding branches in an effort to kill any hornets hiding in the branches. Their staff advised what to expect with regards to ongoing activity before they even came out so the information could be relayed to our staff so they could continue to be diligent in walking near the area. Will definitely keep them on file if we encounter any further needs of this nature..”

Gayle L. | Business owner in Lombard

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