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Bald Faced Hornet

Dolichovespula maculata

Bald Faced Hornet

The bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata, is a close cousin to the yellowjacket and was named for its black abdomen and pale white head. The bald faced hornet is a stinging insect, classified as a hornet due to their elevated nests and large size.Despite their black bodies and white-patterned face, bald-faced hornets closely resemble their yellowjacket relatives. Bald faced hornets are also known for the two slanted lines running from their midsection towards their head and on the bottom of their abdomen. Similar to their cousins yellowjackets and paper wasps, their upper-midsection almost looks triangular when viewed from the side.

A bald faced hornet invasion can be identified with the presence of a nest, which will look much like a traditional hornets' nest, suspended above the ground. It is also likely that the worker bald-faced hornets will be flying around the nest and surrounding area for protection. 

The key to avoiding their sting is to abstain from any direct contact with the nest or worker hornets. To prevent the bald faced hornets from invading your home we suggest to seal up any tiny openings like cracks in your home where hornets could seek shelter during removal. Bald faced hornets are extremely attracted to food so consistently keeping your food covered when outdoors, will greatly improve your chances of avoiding an infestation. Just as they are attracted to food, bald faced hornets can be attracted by heavy perfumes or deodorants. While spending time outside on your property we recommend to avoid strong smells and suggest wearing closed toed shoes to avoid those pesky hornets.

If you encounter an infestation of your property, contact a licensed pest control professional immediately. Do not try to remove the nest by yourself as the hornets are likely to swarm when threatened. Your pest control professional will quarantine the nest and remove the infestation at nightfall to maximize hornet removal.