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13 August

3 Important Facts about Bald Faced Hornets

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The Bald faced Hornet is a member of the wasp family like yellow jackets and paper wasps.  It got its name from its largely black color and mostly white face.  A hornet colony consists of a queen and many workers. A single nest may contain over 400 workers.

 1. How to spot a bald faced hornet nest

Bald faced hornets do not build their nests in the ground. You’ll always find the nests at least 3 feet above the ground in bushes, shrubs, fences, lights, under the eaves of buildings. A bald faced hornets nest is grey in color and can be over 2 feet long. For nests located near human activity, extreme caution is needed. 

Each winter, only the queens survive in protected places like rock piles, hollow trees, under bark and in the walls and attics of buildings. The queen builds a new nest every spring.  

2.  Bald faced hornets attack!

Do not disturb their nest! Bald faced hornets are very protective of their hives. Animals or humans can be attacked by a large number of aggressive wasps. Bald faced hornets can sting multple times because their stinger is not barbed. Venom injected by the stinger is what makes the stings hurt, itch and swell for about 24 hours.  A bald-faced hornet sting is painful because it contains a venom.

3. Bald faced hornets removal is not a DIY job.  

Because of the risk of painful hornet stings and allergic reactions, let a pest control professional get rid of your hornets nest. Call Suburban Exterminating at (631) 864-6900 | (516) 864-6900 | (631) 287-6900



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