Hornets

Bald-faced hornets get their name from the large white patches on their faces. They can be found across the United States. Its main predators are bears and raccoons.

  • Size: 3/4″
  • Shape: Wasp
  • Color: Black and white
  • Legs: 6
  • Wings: Yes
  • Antenna: Yes

Diet: Bald-faced hornets eat nectar and fruit juices.

Habitat: Bald-faced hornets house their colonies inside large nests that they build hanging from trees, bushes, vegetation and occasionally from buildings. A single mated queen starts a new nest each spring by laying eggs inside a small nest made from paper strips and loose bark. The workers then gradually expand the size of the nest until it is larger than a basketball by the end of the summer. The queen lives deep in the nest, so she is always protected.

Impact: Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space. They have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again. Their stings also carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch or swell for about 24 hours. Humans are at the same risk of allergic reactions from a bald-faced hornet sting as with other hornet stings.

Prevention:

  • Do not leave sweet drinks or meats out in the open.
  • Call a pest management professional if you find hornets around your house.