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Bald-faced Hornets

What do bald-faced hornets look like?

baldfaced hornet in a long island home

Bald-faced hornets are a large species of stinging insect. They are called “hornets” because of their large size, but are actually relatives of yellow jackets and paper wasps.  Workers grow to between ½ and 5/8th of an inch in length, and the queens can grow a bit larger, up to ¾ of an inch.  Bald-faced hornets have a long, thin wasp-like body; their body is black and they have an off-white pattern covering most of their face, which is why they are named “bald-faced” hornets.

Bald-faced hornet behaviors

These stinging insects are also called hornets instead of yellow jackets or paper wasps because they build their paper nest high up off the ground. Bald-faced hornet nests can be found on the sides of buildings, under house eaves, on utility poles, and in trees. The nests that they create can become quite large over time, sometimes being as big as a basketball.

Bald-faced hornet colonies can have between 100 and 400 members living in it. The workers in the colony are responsible for collecting insects to bring back for the developing larvae to feed on. Bald-faced hornets are considered to be beneficial because they prey on nuisance insects and help to keep their numbers down. Adult bald-faced hornets have a liquid diet and feed on a variety of sugary liquids.

Are bald-faced hornets dangerous?

Having a bald-faced hornet nest in, on, or near your home is considered to be very dangerous. Bald-faced hornets are an aggressive species of stinging insects and will not hesitate to sting to protect themselves or their colony from something or someone that they see as a threat. Not only is being stung by a bald-faced hornet extremely painful, but the venom from a sting can cause life-threatening allergic reactions in some people that will require immediate medical attention.

Can Suburban help with a bald-faced hornet problem?

Yes, Suburban can help to control and eliminate dangerous bald-faced hornets and their nests through our residential pest control services. Our Seasonal Pest Protection Plan provides you with many ways to help successfully control bald-faced hornets on your property including: customized service appointments, unlimited service calls, regularly scheduled preventative services, and inspections completed by our professionally trained and licensed technicians; and of course the peace of mind that all of our products are used with your children and pets in mind!

To schedule your free inspection, contact Suburban Exterminating today!

Bald-faced hornet prevention tips

Stopping stinging insects like bald-faced hornets from choosing your property to nest on is an impossible task. If bald-faced hornets have built a nest in a location that makes them a threat to you, your family, or pets it is important to get professional help as soon as possible. It is never recommended to try to handle or remove a bald-faced hornet nest on your own; professional help should always be sought.

 

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