What is a Bald-Faced Hornet?

A bald-faced hornet is one of the many species of wasps. They are mostly found in forests and urban areas with vegetation. These wasps are pollinators as well as omnivores. They tend to rely on smaller insects as well as nectar from plants to survive. These hornets are black in color with white markings on the head and throughout the body. This is where the name “bald-faced” comes from.

When can I expect to see bald-faced hornets?

Bald-faced hornets are mostly active in the spring and summer months. They like to build their nests in trees, bushes, rock overhangs, and under the eaves in residences. You can identify them by their nests. They are brown in color and circular in shape when they are fully developed. There will always be a black hole located on or near the bottom of the nest. When their nests are fully developed, they can become the size of a football or larger.

How do I handle bald-faced hornets near my home?

Bald-faced hornets are attracted to the scraps near outdoor eating and can become aggressive. Their stings tend to be painful due to venom being released through its stinger. There are some natural ways to rid bald faced hornets from your home. You can mix lemongrass, geranium, and clove essential oils to deter them. You can also pour this blend in a spray bottle along with a few tablespoons of soapy water and spray them on any hornet’s nest.

Can you help with these pests?

With spring already here and summer around the corner, you can expect to be seeing these hornets out more frequently. Contact Prime Pest Solutions and let us take care of the problem!