Wasp Spotlight: The Bald-Faced Hornet

All About This Pest

Bald Faced Hornet

There are many pests you don’t want to find in your yard or home. The bald-faced hornet is one of those pests. Read on to learn more about this potentially dangerous wasp.

All About the Bald-Faced Hornet

Appearance: They are black and white, hence their “bald” name and also have three white stripes on their body. Workers are covered in small hairs.

Signs: This stinging insect creates a hanging, papery nest. Of course, spotting many is a clear sign of a problem, though if you see one hanging about, there is likely a nest in the area.

Danger: Bald-faced hornets give a painful sting that can create a lump that lasts for about 24 hours. They inject poison when they sting. Unlike other stinging pests, this wasp does not lose its stinger when it stings, so it can attack multiple times without risk. When there’s one, there might be others around, and you could become a target for a mass attack. This is generally when you are near their nest and they feel threatened.

Like other insects, some people are allergic to the venom released, and they may need to seek medical attention.

Hive: You’ll find nests in exposed locations, like on trees, utility poles, overhangs, and in other areas. The aerial nest has a papery appearance and can be large, growing up to two feet in length.

Benefits: Surprisingly, this wasp can be considered a beneficial insect because it can help control many pest insect species.

Control Options: While this pest can be beneficial because it eats some insects, it should never be around your home or in your yard where you or your family can be in danger of a sting. In order to get rid of the bald-faced hornet, you need to remove the nest. It is safest to work with a professional, like ExtermPRO, who knows the safest ways to handle the removal.

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Did you know stinging insects send approximately 500,000 people to the emergency room every year? Don’t let your family member be one of them. Your local pest professionals at ExtermPRO locate are experts at taking back your yard and deck with wasp, hornet, and bee control services. Call us today at 571-620-1168.


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