What do baldfaced hornets look like?
Baldfaced hornets are long, lean and have a pinched waist. Adults range in length from 1/2 – 5/8th of an inch. Queens can reach up to ¾ of an inch in length. They are mostly black in color with a white face, which is where they get their name from. Baldfaced hornets are actually more closely related to yellow-jackets than hornets but are named accordingly because they build their nests above the ground and are more comparable in size to other hornets.
Where do baldfaced hornets nest?
Baldfaced hornets build their paper-like nest approximately 3-4 feet off the ground in shrubs and trees as well as on utility poles, houses, decks, and sheds. Each nest contains 200-400 members and can be more than a foot in diameter and two feet in length.
Are these hornets dangerous?
Yes, baldfaced hornets are dangerous for a few reasons. First, they are a very aggressive species and will not think twice to defend themselves or their nest. Second, baldfaced hornets have the ability to sting their target over and over again, injecting more venom each time. And third, the venom from a baldfaced hornet can cause the affected areas to become swollen, painful and red. It can also trigger a severe allergic reaction in some people that will require immediate medical attention.
How do I get rid of baldfaced hornets?
Baldfaced hornets are aggressive, have the ability to cause a severe allergic reaction, and build their nests aerially. For these reasons, only professionals should eliminate baldfaced hornets from homes and properties. At Allgood, our experts can carefully remove the nest and hornets from your property and provide you with year-round pest control services to help prevent a future problem with baldfaced hornets and other pests.
For more information about baldfaced hornets or how Allgood can help eliminate these stinging insects from your property, contact us today!