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Baldfaced Hornets

What are baldfaced hornets?

In the New England region baldfaced hornets are a prevalent pest problem during the warmer months and are also referred to as white faced hornets.  Regardless of what you call them, what's more interesting is that this stinging insect isn't actually a hornet but rather a type of wasp.  They build paper nests up in trees and will very aggressively defend their nests against anyone or thing that they perceive as a threat.

What do they look like?

Baldfaced hornets are larger than yellow jackets, the workers average about ¾ of an inch in length with the queens being a bit larger. Baldfaced hornets have a distinctive color pattern; they are black in color with a white head and 3 white strips on the back of their body.

Do baldfaced hornets bite?

Baldfaced hornets do not bite but they sting. In fact, they have the ability to do so multiple times.

Are baldfaced hornets dangerous?

Yes, baldfaced hornets are dangerous pests. An allergic reaction can occur from a baldfaced hornet sting that can be very severe and often requires medical attention. It is best to avoid all contact with these stinging insects.

What are signs of a baldfaced hornet infestation?

If baldfaced hornets are living on your property you might see a large paper nest hanging from a tree, shrubs, or the shed. You may also notice one attached to your home. You will also notice workers from the colony flying around your property.

Why do I have a baldfaced hornet problem?

If there’s easy access to food and water, you could very well end up baldfaced hornets on your property.

How do I get rid of baldfaced hornets?

Getting rid of baldfaced hornets from your property can be very dangerous and tough to do on your own. The pest control professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions provides residential pest control services that address stinging insects in addition to ants and other household pests. Contact us today for more information about our effective pest control services in RI, MA, and CT.

Baldfaced hornet prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions

Preventing baldfaced hornets from nesting on your property is a difficult task. Make sure to seal gaps along your home’s roof line, and exterior windows and doors to make sure that they can’t get inside your home.

 

 

 

 

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