A species of the wasp family and related to the yellowjacket, the bald-faced hornet isn’t a big bug – it tops off at just ¾ inch long – but it carries a big sting.
Easy to identify through its black-and-white markings, this hornet prefers highly wooded areas like meadows, forests and parks. But you may find a nest of bald-faced hornets almost anywhere around your home: in trees and shrubs, in windows and attics, and under stumps and logs. Look for a pear-shaped nest that measures up to 14 inches in diameter.
These insects provide a service as predators of flies, caterpillars and spiders, but once they have established their nest near your home, you are at risk for stings from this highly aggressive and territorial hunter.
The sting of the bald-faced hornet is similar to that of bees and wasps. Symptoms include pain and swelling at the sting site; if you are allergic to bee stings you may also be extra-sensitive to the venom of this yellowjacket species.
If you wish to rid your home of bald-faced hornets, the best option is not to attempt to fight off the powerful hive by yourself. Provoking these wasps can get you stung in a hurry.
Instead, call on the insect control experts in NYC and NJ, where you’ll find 24-hour emergency services and comprehensive wasp control that uses proven processes that rid your home of stinging insects but do not put your family or pets at risk.