The unique white and black markings on the Bald-Faced Hornet’s head makes this half-inch long bee easy to identify. They are also known as the bald hornet, the white-faced hornet, white-tailed hornet and bull wasp. Despite their name, they are actually a wasp as opposed to a true hornet. They have some of the largest colonies in the bee world, typically between 400-700 workers. They are known for the large gray paper nests they build. Bald-faced hornets are very aggressive year-round and are found in all 50 states.
Bald-faced hornets build large, gray, football-shaped nests the consistency of paper. They start building this nest in the spring, and as the year progresses, both their colony and their nest continue to grow. By fall, the population is at an all-time high and the bees are at their most aggressive. These bees eat nectar, sweet things such as fruit, and have even been noticed eating meat.
These bees build a large paper nest typically 3 or more feet off the ground in trees or under eaves. Their nest building begins in the spring with the first line of workers, and continues to grow throughout the year.
Watch out if you spot a bald-faced hornet’s nest. They are some of the most aggressive bees and are known to sting their victims over and over if they feel threatened. Keep well away from a nest site, especially in fall when the bees are at their most combative.
It is difficult to prevent bald faced hornets from nesting if you have a nice site, but if you notice a nest on your home or property, do not attempt to remove it on your own. These bees are very aggressive when their nest is disturbed, and touching it could cause them to attack. Contact Us and we'll have our professional technicians take care of you right away.
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