Hornets

Color: Black and white (or pale yellow) Size: 3/4″
Legs: 6 Antennae: Yes
Shape: Long oval; bee shaped Region: N/A

The Bald-faced hornet is actually a larger yellow jacket, and not a true hornet.

Habits

Bald-Faced Hornet or Whit-Faced Hornets are predacious insects, which means they eat other insects. For this reason, they are beneficial insects and if they are up and out of the way, you might just as well leave them alone. They will also feed on ripe fruit, or even tree sap. Though mostly diurnal, they will also occasionally fly at night. Their nest will last only the current season, and will be vacant after the first hard freeze or a couple of frosts.

Habitats

Nests are generally aerial and they will attach their nests to trees, bushes or sometimes even the side of a structure (under the soffit or overhang). Nest are “football” like in shape.

Threats

The bald-faced hornet has a smooth stinger that can be used to sting multiple times, whereas the honey bee has a barbed stinger than can be used to sting only once. A bald- faced hornet does not leave a stinger in its victim, so therefore it can sting multiple times. Also, bald-faced hornet stings can result in a life-threatening situation, especially if the person is allergic to bald-faced hornet venom.

Prevention

Bald-Faced Hornets should be addressed by a professional. Because Bald-Faced Hornets are so aggressive, only a pest control professional can safely remove a Bald-Faced Hornet nest.