Welcome everybody. It’s Mike Stewart and welcome to the Faith Pest Control podcast. And I’m your host, Mike Stewart, and we’re here today with pest expert Fred Talley. The man who takes Jasper Georgia and makes it bug free the guy if you’re in North Georgia, Fred Talley is your man you can call him You can ask a question and he will take care of your bug problems. And the bug problem I understand Fred wants to talk today is something pretty sounds like something out of a horror movie. Murder Hornets. Fred, what is a murder Hornet? Why are they bad? Why do people want to get rid of them? And what do you guys do to make that happen? Well, actually, Mikey, I’ve had a couple of calls this well as a couple of weeks ago about the murder Hornets. And so I thought it would be a good time
to address this issue on our podcast. According to the University of Georgia Extension Service, we do not have murder Hornets in Georgia. The media is somewhat sensationalized murder Hornets last year, not so much this year. But we don’t have them in Georgia, not it. You know, anytime you get an invasive species you need to be you need to take it serious. But right now there’s a lot of misinformation spread in the media, about the murder Hornets and the murder Hornet. What they’re referring to is a murder born it’s actually called an Asian giant Hornet. They have been they were discovered in Vancouver Island in Canada. And there was one dead Asian giant warning found in Washington State. No live Asian Hornets have ever been found the United States, the colony of Asian giant oranges that were found in Canada were destroyed, destroyed sometime in the ones in Canada I believe or August of 2019. So there it’s it’s not an issue in Georgia but people think that it is. One of the things most promoted in the media has been the danger of this giant Hornet. It is actually the world’s largest but they call true Hornet. They can be an inch and a half to two inches long. If you think most people have seen especially in North Georgia mountains have seen a yellow jacket the yellow jackets half inch up to maybe three quarters of an inch long. So the Asian giant Hornet is what two and a half well, three to four times as big as a yellow jacket. Kind of one of the identifying markers is I have an enlarged yellowish orangish colored head but then a brown thorax or body but they do have the yellow stripes that kind of look like a giant Yellow Jacket. They kind of follow a typical wasp lifecycle you know with a solitary females emerges in the spring from hibernation establishes and they asked she goes out and forges in an incubator the young and then as the colony grows the the workers in the colony take over those duties and of course the Queen just produces offspring at that point. After encountered though, the Asian giant horn is not aggressive towards other creatures but creatures, but if provoked just like any other stinging insect, they will stain. Due to its size though, the Hornet will typically deposits more venom in each thing than then other bees and wasps powervr. One or more stings should not be life threatening to the average individual. Of course, those who are prone to anaphylaxis reactions, or who receive a large number of stings are probably gonna have a big major problem. The bigger concern about the Asian giant Hornet with plumbing into the United States as the impact it has on honeybee colonies the Asian giant Hornet can annihilate entire colony within a honeybee colony and a large honeybee colony can have 5060 70,000 residents and they can destroy it in just a matter of hours. And there interestingly enough, there are three phases to a honeybee colony invasion by the Asian giant on it.
The first stage is the Hornets will capture individual honeybees at the entrance to the colony and just to capitate them, then they’ll text their bodies and make what make what they refer to as a meatball from the bees store x and feed that to the to the young Asian Hornets. Then the Hornets we use pheromones them mark the honeybee colony and then various are numerous Hornets from their colony will descend on the honeybee colony and they’ll kill all the workers and dump their bodies on the ground. And finally, they just take over the the hive, collect their you know, their pupae and larvae and use those to feed their children. So key identifier of the Asian giant on it would be the seeing that honeybee colony had been invaded with decapitated and ripped apart bees sitting in front of the entrance to the colony. There have been no sightings ever have the Haitian giant or anywhere outside of Washington State. And like I said earlier, that was one dead Hornet that was discovered in I believe it may have been around the Seattle area. I’m not 100% sure about that. But I do know is Washington State. So there’s really no concern about it here. There are a variety of bees and wasps species in Georgia that can be confused with the Asian giant hoard it but including, right now we have the cicada killer in invasion. So they look kind of similar to the Asian giant Hornet. A lot of people here what we have and what we’re going to talk about in a few minutes is the European Hornet said actually it’s going to be on our next podcast is the European Hornets because they look very similar. Again, they look similar to our southern Yellow Jackets have a little bit of similarity to the bald faced Hornets that we have here. But there are multiple resources that you can use to identify if you think you see an Asian giant Hornet. The the the my go to would be if if I was an individual not associated with the best control industry. And thought I saw one would be to get the county extension agent out there to take a look at it to get the University of Georgia involved because the Extension Service is an arm of the University of Georgia. wasps, Hornets, bees, and other insects can all contribute to the pollination of plants, flowers and food sources. The the more important of those three would be the food sources. Because without pollination, we have no food supply in our in our country. But I want you guys remember that in faith pest control, we offer a free consultation and offer a 100% make you happy money back guarantee. Do you hire faith pest control to get rid of your bee or Hornet problem? net danza 30 days you’re not 100% happy we’ll come back. And we’ll retreat your home for free. And we’ll keep on trading it for free. And until you tell us that you are happy. That still doesn’t make you happy, we’ll give you back every penny spent on the original treatment plus an additional $25 for your time in trouble just for fooling with us. Bottom line is you’ll be happy with the service that we provide or you won’t pay a penny period. If you feel like what I’ve said makes sense. Please call faith Pest Control today 770-823-9202 and asked to speak to me Fred Tally. I’ll be more than happy to speak to you and answer any questions you may have.
Or Fred there is interesting that people will call about something that’s not in the area but I’m sure they find big stinging insects there in Jasper and in North Georgia. And you guys have the education and expertise and experience of what to do to keep people safe from stinging insects and the murder Hornets. They’re not in Georgia. But if you think you see a murder Hornet you call faith pest control. And be sure to share this podcast we do it as a community service for people and residents and business owners of North Georgia and more importantly You can subscribe to us and Apple, Amazon, Audible, Google podcasts and Spotify. You know, wherever podcasts our faith Pest Control podcast is there you can read it at our website at faith, Pest Control calm and until next time when we talk about another type of Hornet the European Hornet. This is Mike Stewart for the faith Pest Control podcast.