Bald faced hornets are a unique species of wasps known for their distinctive black and white markings and their large, enclosed nests. While they play a beneficial role in the ecosystem by controlling other insect populations, their presence can be an issue especially when they build their nests close to human spaces. Understanding how to identify bald faced hornet nests and knowing what steps to take upon discovering one is important for maintaining safety. A-Tex Pest Management will share how to identify a bald faced hornet nest and what to do if you discover one near your home.
What Do Bald-Faced Hornets & Hornet Nests Look Like?
Bald faced hornets are relatively large, measuring about ½ to 2/3 inches in length. They are primarily black, with a mostly white face, which gives them their name. A bald faced hornet nest is a marvel of natural architecture. The nests are usually located at least three feet off the ground and can be as high as 60 feet or more. They are often found in trees, shrubs, overhangs, and structures like sheds or houses. The nest itself is made from chewed wood mixed with the hornet’s saliva, resulting in a paper like substance. These nests are usually grayish and have a distinct football or teardrop shape, with a single opening towards the bottom. Nests can range from the size of a grapefruit to as large as a basketball.
What to Do if You Find a Nest
If you have discovered a bald faced hornet nest on your property, the following steps are often recommended:
• Maintain a Safe Distance: Bald faced hornets are protective and can become aggressive if they detect a threat to their nest. A startled hornet can send a signal to the rest of the colony, leading to a swarm of angry hornets. By maintaining a safe distance of at least 10 feet or more you should avoid being stung.
• Do Not Disturb: It is important not to disturb the nest. Actions such as throwing stones, poking the nest, or attempting to remove it yourself can result in a painful or potentially dangerous situation.
• Consult a Professional: Hornet nest removal should be left to trained pest control professionals. They have the knowledge, protective gear, and tools to safely remove or treat the nest.
Preventive Wasp Measures
To reduce the chances of bald faced hornets nesting on your property:
• Regularly inspect your property for early signs of nest building. Catching a nest early in its development can make removal easier and less risky.
• Maintain your yard. Regularly trim trees, bushes, and hedges, as these are popular spots for hornets to build their nests.
• Secure potential nesting spots, such as open structures or sheds.
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Finding a bald faced hornet nest in your yard or near your home can be unsettling. However, with a calm approach, respect for these insects, and the aid of professionals, you can navigate this situation safely. Remember, bald faced hornets are beneficial insects. Whenever possible, the best course of action is to let them live peacefully, far away from human activity. Contact a pest control professional if you have any concerns or if a nest is located near a high traffic area. If you discovered a bald faced hornet nest near your home, contact A-Tex Management today.