A bald-faced hornet is a wasp that is identifiable by its black and white face and body. The wasp is about 3/4 an inch in length, and is found in meadows, bushes and other natural areas. It can also invade homes and gardens, and may lay their larvae inside insulated areas of the home. Bald-faced hornets are considered beneficial insects because they eat a wide variety of other insects, such as houseflies. However, you do need to be careful because it does sting and it can be a health hazard when the nest is located near the home.
Identifying the Nest
Bald-faced hornets typically make a nest off the ground using woody materials, which are chewed and formed into a funnel shape. The nest is grayish in color, and can be found hanging from bushes or trees. In some cases, the bald-faced hornet builds its nest inside walls, attics or crawlspaces of the home. Nests that are found during the winter months do not usually pose a problem because the insects die out over the winter and do not reuse abandoned nests.
Behaviors of the Bald-Faced Hornet
Although bald-faced hornets reduce the populations of some pest insects, the hornets are also defensive and can be aggressive when the nest is threatened. The hornets live in colonies of 100 to 700 wasps. When disturbed, the wasps sting the intruder. Along with stinging when threatened, bald-faced hornets can squirt venom into the person’s, or animal’s, eyes, which can be painful and may cause temporary blindness.
Because bald-faced hornets are quite aggressive and can cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals, it is recommended that a professional pest removal company remove nests located near populated areas. If bald-faced hornets are invading your home or garden, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344 for professional assistance.
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