Pest Guide : What are Bald-Faced Hornets?

What You Need to Know About Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets (Dolichovespula maculata) are a species of social wasp that are found in North America. They are called "bald-faced" because of the distinctive black and white markings on their head and face, which resemble a bald head. They are also known as white-faced hornets or blackjackets.

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How to Identify a Bald-Faced HornetsInfestation

Bald-Faced Hornets are a very aggressive stinging pest.

Bald faced hornet

Baldfaced Hornet: Worker hornets are about 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch long, whereas queens are normally bigger than 3/4 of an inch. The identifying characteristic of this hornet is the white pattern over its face, after which it is named. They build paper aerial nests. You are most likely to find these nests around trees, chimneys, barns, and behind siding.


Common Questions About Bald-Faced Hornets

Stinging insects emerge after the winter to begin finding a new nest site. If the stinging insects find access to your home, as well as food and water sources, they will create a nest to reproduce there.

You may have bald-faced hornets on your property because they are attracted to sugary substances, such as nectar and fruit, and may build their nests near a food source. They also prefer to build their nests in areas with shelter, such as trees, shrubs, or buildings.

Bald-faced hornets are considered dangerous as they have a painful sting and can become aggressive if their nest is disturbed. Their venom can cause an allergic reaction in some people, which can be life-threatening. Many people go to the hospital each year as a result of being stung by Bald-faced hornets.


It is not recommended to remove bald-faced hornets yourself, as it can be dangerous and provoke an aggressive response from the wasps. It is best to call a professional exterminator who has the necessary equipment and expertise to safely remove the nest.

Tips for Preventing Bald-Faced Hornets

  • Keep your trash cans tightly closed.
  • Avoid leaving food or drinks out in the open.
  • Seal any cracks or crevices in your home's exterior.
  • Have your property inspected regularly by a pest control professional to identify any potential nesting sites and remove them before they become a problem.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Bald-Faced Hornets

My Pest Pros technicians are trained to identify and eliminate aggressive pests such as Bald-Faced Hornets. With the proper EPA-approved products and safety equipment, we can quickly make it safe again to enjoy being outside your home in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.

Our trained professionals will create an effective treatment plan to not only eradicates current problems but also provides preventative care. With our protection plan, stinging pests will be eradicated both now and in the future with regular treatment visits. These visits are effective at treating and preventing ant infestations.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your Bald-Faced Hornet and stinging pest problems, today and tomorrow.

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