European Hornet in western Howard County, Md

Asked July 31, 2019, 9:00 AM EDT

I noticed a bunch of these large bees in the woods around the bottom of a tree next to my house. I think they are European hornets. My pictures are small because I didn’t want to get to close. Should I spray them with wasp and hornet spray?

Howard County Maryland european hornets trees

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Your photos are very blurry but from what we can tell these are European hornets.
Spraying individual hornets with a wasp and hornet spray is not recommended. There must be a nest somewhere close and others will just return. It is best just to leave them alone. There are not particularly aggressive unless they feel threatened.