Bald Faced Hornet

Appearance:  Bald Faced Hornets are approximately 1” in length.  They are black in color, with white markings along the top of their head and along their thorax. 

Location and Behavior Patterns:  The nests of Bald Faced Hornets are constructed of paper-thin material that is created from chewed wood materials.  The nests can be large, sometimes almost 2 feet in length.  Nests are football shaped, and are typically located off of the ground, about 10-12 feet high.  Nests are often found in trees, bushes, or along the exterior of a building.

Around the nest of a Bald Faced Hornet, one will usually notice a couple of workers flying around the nest, in order to protect it.  The hornets will attack a person, or an animal, that gets too close to their nest, even if the nest is not being bothered.  An attack can be very dangerous, and medical attention may be needed, if you are attacked.  The sting of a Bald Faced Hornet can be extremely painful.  They attack in large groups, and can be very aggressive.

Treatment:  Due to the extreme pain they may cause and the danger that Bald Faced Hornets pose to people, it is best to contact a pest-control specialist when you notice a nest on your property.  An expert will have the equipment, and the supplies, to kill the hornets and remove the nest(s), accordingly.

Bald Faced Hornet