Beat Bald Faced Hornets

Bald Faced Hornets Facts

Exclusive to regions of North America, the Bald Faced Hornet terrorizes, most commonly in the Southeastern States, but heavily throughout Illinois.

Though referred to as hornets, bald faced hornets have more genetically in common with yellow jackets than any true hornet species.

Bald faced hornets are easy to identify by their white and black appearance, contrasting the bright yellow and black bodies of yellow jackets.

Identifying Bald Faced Hornets

The bald faced hornet name likely derives from the fact their the insect's entire face has white markings, which give a bald appearance in contrast to yellow jackets and other wasp species.

Identifying and Removing Bald Faced Hornets Nests

Noted for their paper grey appearance, bald faced hornets nests differ from the traditional open cone structure of other wasp species.

Identifying Bald Faced Hornets

Rather than an open structure, bald faced nests are fully enclosed in a paper-like structure, constructed from natural fibers and wasp saliva.

Once a nest fitting this description has been visually identified, an infestation has likely already taken shape in the residence or business.

Prevention always trumps doing battle with the fierce bald faced hornet, so homeowners must proceed with caution when dealing with this highly aggressive species of flying insect.

Due to their defensive nature, bald faced hornets will be on high alert to anything appearing to interfere with their nest, including humans

Bald Faced Horent Emerging From Nest

If a homeowner insists on removing the nest, here are the best measures to take in order to ensure safe removal

Due to the vulnerability of the colony, the best time to destroy a bald faced hornets nest comes during the spring months

In the springtime, the only threat will be the bald faced hornet queen, so the prospects of injury will be much lower than during the sprawling summer months, when a full colony will be at her dispense.

Bald Faced Horent Walking Inside Nest

Because of the aggressive tendencies of bald faced hornets, we recommend professional assistance during the mid to late summer months when 300+ worker hornets will be active within the nest, opening the possibility to several stings.

The next opportunity to remove the nest comes during the onset of fall, when the life cycle of hornets begins to end.

When taking the task of nest removal into your own hands, always follow these important tips:

  • Keep a safe distance when spraying insecticides.
  • Sprays should be used when the air thickens during early morning hours.
  • Leather or other thicker materials are the best clothing option for nest removal.
  • Avoid bright shades of clothing, as this will attract aggression from hornets.
  • Make sure to dress in tight clothes that do not allow hornets through loose ends.

Conversely, when conducting a Do-It-Yourself hornet nest removal, be sure to avoid the following common mistakes

  • Keep children away from nest removal area at all times.
  • Allow hornets to flee in order to avoid multiple stings.
  • Never attempt to burn down a hornets nest.
  • Never knock down an active nest under any circumstance.

Interestingly, new bald faced hornet queens will never utilize the nest of the previous season's hornet colony.

Bald Faced Horents Entering Nest

This means that once a life cycle has ended and all hornets have perished, a nest can easily be removed with little to no danger

Surviving The Sting of Bald Faced Hornets

The bald faced hornet releases venom when stinging a victim, which will lead to pain, itching, and swelling for at least 24 hours.

Surviving a Bald Faced Hornets Stinging

Some people may have an allergic reaction from a bald faced hornet sting, in which case medical attention should be sought immediately

While bald faced hornets typically are harmless when away from their nest or unprovoked, these insects have been shown to sting multiple times in response to a threat on their colony.

Only the queen and female bald faced hornet workers have the ability to sting.

Common hornet sting treatments and cures include the following remedies

  • Mashed plantain leaves can treat delayed sting reactions when applied to the sting site.
  • Aloe Vera gel instantly reduces the effects of a sting when applied directly to the site.
  • A vinegar/baking soda paste can mimic many of the benefits that aloe vera gel provide.
  • Popular OTC antihistamines can assist the reduction of inflammation and pain.
  • Some have used epi-pens to lessen the sting reaction from bald faced hornets
Bald Faced Horent Anatomy

Common Physical Attributes Of Bald Faced Hornets

  • White and black color
  • Can be as large as 3/4 inches in total length
  • Hairless queen while workers are covered by hair
  • 3 white stripes on the body's lower half

Characteristics of a Queen Bald Faced Hornet

The founder of the colony, typically a single inseminated queen will rear the first round of worker hornets on her own.

Bald Faced Hornet Queen

Once the first batch of bald faced hornet workers are self-sufficient, the queen will lay a new round of eggs, typically taking a week to hatch.

After 8 days in a larva stage, it can take nearly 2 weeks for the next wave of bald faced hornet workers to mature into active adult workers

After the foundation period, the queen devotes her entire existence to producing eggs, leaving all other functions to her colony of workers.

Small colonies usually have only one queen, while larger cell colonies can have as many as 6 active queens in play

Larger than their male counterparts, queen bald faced hornets also have hairless bodies, in contrast to the hair covered bodies of other male worker hornets.

Life Cycles Of Bald Faced Hornets

Bald Faced Hornets are social insects with matured colonies averaging between 200 and 400 female workers (infertile), with eggs, larvae and pupae making up the future ranks.

Bald Faced Hornet Larvae

During the closing summer months, reproductive females and males join the ranks to prepare for expansion.

Queen bald faced hornets lay eggs in cells of the nest, with larvae hatching from these eggs.

Worker hornets care for the larvae by feeding the maggot-like species during the early stages of life.

Colonies keep cells exposed during the development of larvae, but these are then covered once pupating occurs.

Bald Faced Hornets Diet and Food Sources

Bald faced hornets prey on a variety of insects, specifically during daytime hours when they're their most active.

Observed eating meat, spiders, fruits and a variety of insects, bald faced hornets also drink the nectar from flowers which they feed to their larvae.

Preventing Bald Faced Hornet Infestations

When nest constructions begins, homeowners may notice thin layers of an unpainted wood surface or log being scraped away by hornets

This may signal that the hornets are in need of expert attention, in the event that anest and adult hornets exist on the property.

Keeping trees and landscaping well trimmed, thinned and open will assist in the prevention of bald faced hornet infestations.

Bald faced hornets prefer to build hidden nests in high vantage points,within protected portions of trees and overgrown bushes.

Bald Faced Hornet Extermination From Starks Pest Control Chicago

The pros at Starks Pest Control guarantee all of their bald faced hornet extermination services, and have the professional expertise needed to deal with this treacherous flying insect.

With over a decade of experience eliminating hornet infestations, Starks Pest Control offers free estimates no matter the service.

As the days grow hotter and bald faced hornet colonies thrive, make sure your summer memories do not include the dangers of multiple hornet stings and constant battling with an unchecked infestation.

Call today for your free inspection and prepare to rid your property of hornets, once and for all, guaranteed.