European Hornet

Our remedy for European hornet control

First, contact us. Removing the European hornet 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 at night and during the day. The danger of stings is real. The European hornet is NOT a DIY pest, folks. Do not attempt to control this wasp yourself.

We have expert solutions for this and many other stinging insects. Franklin Pest Solutions provides one time nest removal services and includes stinging insect control with the most popular residential service.

Close up of european hornet from Franklin Pest Solutions

How to Identify a European Hornet


The European hornet is golden brown with pale yellow stripes; typically 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 yellow jackets 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 yellow jacket 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, yellow jackets and honey bees.

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