What Are Bald-faced Hornets?
The bald-faced hornet is actually not a true hornet- it is a yellow jacket. The only hornet in North America is the European hornet. The bald-faced hornet gets its name from the ivory-white markings on the face, thorax, legs, and abdomen. Bald-faced hornets nests often grow up to the size of a basketball or larger. Their size and aggressive nature is what makes removing these nests difficult and something you should leave to the experts.
The Biology and Lifecycle of Bald-faced Hornets
The hornet queen and her offspring range in size from 13mm to 20mm. The queen is usually the largest yellow jacket in the colony. In the spring, fertilized queens overwinter in protected places. Bald-faced hornets overwinter in hollow trees, rock piles, under bark and in the walls and attics of buildings. In the spring they become active and begin to build their nests.
The queen collects cellulose from weathered and rotting wood and chews the wood adding her saliva. She takes this paste and makes a papery material to construct the nest. The queen hornet creates a few brood cells within the nest and deposits her eggs into them. Afterward, she feeds the larvae when they hatch. This first brood will assume the duties of nest building, food collection, feeding the larvae and protecting the nest. The bald-faced hornets colony grows after a few months until there’s about 100 to 400 total hornets.
Bald-faced hornets are very aggressive when it comes to protecting their nest. Contact an expert to remove your bald-faced hornet nest safely with a guarantee and at a reasonable cost. Individuals without medical concerns and with a degree of daring could attempt to exterminate the colony nest.
Spraying a ‘wasp and hornet’ spray into the nest opening during the nighttime is safest. The bald-faced hornet nest should be scouted during daylight in order to determine the best approach. Treatment at night will not disturb the wasps prior to the introduction of the insecticide. Do not stand far away from the nest and spray it recklessly. This will only treat the exterior of the nest and anger the colony, increasing the risk of stings. The hornet spray should be directed into the nest opening with continuous spray force until hornet activity has subsided.
Why Do You Need to Get Rid of Bald-faced Hornets?
If you see a bald-faced hornet nest suspended above the ground near your house in the area of human activity, you’d want to get rid of it. Families across the world see their nest as a threat and take necessary measures to eradicate these pests from their homes. Having a nest of bald-faced hornets around can be particularly dangerous for children.
Bald-faced hornet nest removal should only be attempted in a very cautious manner. Spraying pressurized material directly into the nest opening– and holding the nozzle against the hole is an effective control option. The pressure of the spray in addition to the nozzle will retard any attempts by the wasps to exit. It is advisable to use a bee veil to protect yourself from stings as well as wearing long-sleeved clothing, long rubber gloves, and goggles to protect yourself from any insecticide. Be careful of insecticide that may fall out of the nest or splashes off the surface.
Always read the insecticide label and follow those recommendations. Pesticides are poisonous. Read and follow directions and safety precautions on labels. Handle insecticide carefully and store in original labeled containers out of the reach of children, pets, and livestock.
Bald-faced hornets are very aggressive by nature. They also fly really fast and can quickly swarm potential threats. If they sense any danger near their nest, they will attack in groups and sting anyone who is a threat. They are quite protective of their nests and attack anyone who approaches within 3 feet of the nest. Coordinated attacks usually happen when the nest is larger but even smaller nests can be dangerous and a hassle to deal with. The largest nests can hold up to 1000 hornets.
A bald-faced hornet’s sting can feel like a hypothermic needle being injected into your skin, resulting in excruciating pain. With their sting, a potent toxin, venom enters your blood. Since they have a smooth stinger, these hornets can sting repeatedly without harming themselves. Typically, their stings hurt, causing swelling and itching for about 24 hours. In some cases, stings could also lead to allergic reactions.
How to Get Rid of Bald-faced Hornets
Trying to get rid of bald-faced hornets on your own is never a good idea. They lose their temper in a snap when someone disturbs or tries to harm their nest. Therefore, it is crucial to follow a careful procedure to get rid of bald-faced hornets.
Bald-faced hornet nest removal should only be attempted cautiously. Spraying a pressurized material directly into the nest opening and holding the nozzle against the hole is an effective control option. The pressure of the spray together with the nozzle should retard any attempts by the wasps to exit.
Always read the insecticide label and follow the mentioned recommendations strictly. Pesticides are poisonous. It’s critical to read and follow the instructions and safety precautions written on the label. The insecticide should be handled carefully and stored in original labeled containers. It must be kept out of reach of children, pets, and livestock. Dispose of the used containers right away in a safe manner and place without contaminating ponds, water streams, and forage.
Spraying a ‘wasp and hornet’ spray into the nest opening during the nighttime is safest. The bald-faced hornet nest should be scouted during daylight to determine the best and safest approach. Treatment at night won’t disturb the wasps before introducing the insecticide. If you stand away from the nest while spraying, it will only treat the exterior of the nest and anger the colony, increasing the risk of attack and stings. The spray should be done directly into the nest opening with continuous force until the hornet activity stops.
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