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They are in Tennessee, not sure how common they are. They have lived in the eastern US since the 1880's. Honeybees can defend themselves from the European hornet.
This video may make you feel a little better:

I'm in Georgia. I tried some wax moth traps and have trapped numerous wax moths and hundreds of wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and ,strangely enough, those large horseflies. I put two up at the beginning of September near my hives and renew the bait once a week.
Empty 2-liter soda bottle (or two smaller bottles, like a sports drink bottle)
1 banana peel
1 cup vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 cup hot water

Cut a small hole in the empty soda bottle right below the shoulder, about the size of a quarter. Put hot water and sugar in a glass bowl or jar and mix together. Using a funnel, pour the sugar water and vinegar into the bottle. Then put the banana peel into the bottle. Put the lid back on the bottle. It will ferment and draw the moths to it.

Hang it in your apiary but several feet from your hives, the goal is to lure them away from the hives.
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