Bald faced hornets can be intimidating, with their large size and white and black coloring, and their aggressive behavior is worrisome, especially when nests are near human activity or those with allergies. Controlling a bald faced hornet nests is similar to controlling other wasp and yellow jacket nests, so shop our bald faced hornet control products today.
Bald faced hornets are not actually true hornets, but a type of yellow jacket. They are much larger than other yellow jackets, about ¾” long, and have the distinct white face and black and white stripes that set them apart and is why they are also called white faced hornets.
Bald faced hornet nests resemble yellow jacket nests, which are football or cone shaped, papery, and mostly gray with white and brown bands. The nests are usually in bushes and shrubs at least three feet off the ground, or high in trees. They are also common in protected manmade areas, like under eaves. In the height of the season, bald faced hornet nests can have anywhere from 100 to 400 workers.
Bald faced hornets are beneficial insects, although we’d like to think otherwise. They mainly eat other insects, including pests like other yellow jackets, flies, caterpillars, and more. However, these hornets are fairly aggressive, and often sting when people or animals pass by their nest. A bald faced hornet sting is similar to other stinging wasps and yellow jackets, but they have a unique habit of squirting their venom in the eyes of attackers, so precautions must be taken.
Since bald faced hornets are both beneficial and dangerous, nests should be left alone unless they are near areas of human activity, on your home or property, in areas close to lawns that are mowed often, or in places that threaten the health and well being of those in the area.
However, you can control bald faced hornets yourself. The best way to control these stinging insects is to treat the nest.
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