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HOW TO IDENTIFY BALD-FACED HORNETS

The bald-faced hornet is mostly black in color except for its face which has a white pattern covering most of it. They have a wasp-like body that is long with a pinched-in waist. Bald-faced hornets are a large species; workers grow between ½ - 5/8th of an inch in length, while the queen is bigger at ¾ - 1 inch in length.

WHY DO I HAVE A BALD-FACED HORNET PROBLEM?

Bald-faced hornets can become a problem on properties that offer them easy access to food and water sources; they will feed on other insects, garbage, sugary liquids, and nectar. They use areas of standing water like the underneath of a drippy outdoor faucet or clogged gutters, as water sources. Bald-faced hornets build their aerial paper nests in places like trees, underneath of porches, decks, or roof eaves, in attics, on/in chimneys, and behind wall voids.

ARE BALD-FACED HORNETS DANGEROUS?

Yes, bald-faced hornets are considered to be dangerous. While they can be beneficial in keeping nuisance insect populations down, when they build a nest in or near a home they can become a danger to people. Bald-faced hornets will aggressively defend themselves and their nest against perceived threats and this species has the ability to inflict painful stings over and over again. Like other stinging insects the venom that they inject into people can cause severe allergic reactions in some that will require quick medical attention.

HOW DO I CONTROL BALD-FACED HORNETS?

If bald-faced hornets have become a problem on your property you should never try to solve the problem on your own. Do NOT ever intentionally disturb a bald-faced hornet’s nest. You should immediately contact Russell’s Pest Control. Once your current problem with bald-faced hornets is taken care of you can prevent future problems with them and 30+ other common household pests through our year-round Power Platinum home pest control program.

BALD-FACED HORNET PREVENTION TIPS

It can be difficult to stop bald-faced hornets from choosing your property to nest on but there are some things you can do to deter them and keep them out of your home.

  • Place outdoor trash cans a distance away from the exterior of your home and make sure that they have tight fitting or locking lids.

  • Trim back trees and shrubs away from the exterior of your home.

  • Be sure that your home’s chimney has a tight fitting cap on top of it.

  • Any screens that have holes in them should be replaced.

  • Caulk gaps around windows and doors to prevent bald-faced hornets from gaining entrance into your home.

 

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