How to remove a Baldfaced-Hornet Nest

Bald-faced Hornet

The baldfaced hornet is not a true hornet- it is a yellow-jacket

The only hornet in North America is the European hornet. Yellow-jackets build nests in bushes and trees (sometimes on the outside of buildings). They produce the characteristic football-shaped, grey papery nests. The baldfaced hornet gets its name from the ivory-white markings on the face, The thorax, legs, and abdomen.

The hornet queen and her offsprings range in size from 13mm to 20mm.

The queen is usually the largest yellowjacket in the colony. In the spring, fertilized queens overwinter in protected places. Baldfaced-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 nest. The queen collects cellulose from weathered and rotting wood, 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 eggs in 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 baldfaced-hornet colony grows after a few months until there maybe 100 to 400 total hornets.

Baldfaced- Hornets are very aggressive while 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 can 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 to determine the best approach. Treatment at nite will not disturb the wasps prior to the introduction of the insecticide. DO NOT stand away from the nest and spray. This will only treat the exterior of the nest and anger the colony and also increase the risk of stings. The hornet spray should be directed into the nest opening with continuous spray force until hornet activity has stopped.

Baldfaced-hornets nest removal should only be attempted in a 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 your self from stings. Wear 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. Wash clothes and take a shower immediately after application if any insecticide gets on you.

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. Dispose of empty containers right away, in a safe manner and place. Do not contaminate forage, streams, or ponds.