Throughout our service area here in New Jersey, homeowners this time of year may encounter an aggressive insect called the Bald-face Hornet.
Bald-faced hornets are more closely related to yellow jackets than they are to hornets.
These “social wasps” are black with white markings on the front of the head and the tip of the abdomen. The face in primarily white with dark eyes. Front wings of hornets and other Vespidae are folded lengthwise when at rest. The large antennae are conspicuous. Due to their size, shape and coloration these wasps are sometimes mistaken for bees.
Bald-faced Hornets are known for their large ball-shaped paper nest, which they build in the spring for raising their young. These nests can sometimes reach 3 feet tall.
Here are some facts about Bald-face hornets…
- Bald-face hornets live in large groups called colonies.
- Bald-face hornets build aerial nests as big as a basketball.
- Drones come from non-fertilized eggs. Since drones are males, they have no sting.
- Female hornets will sting repeatedly to protect the colony.
- Most wasps feed on insects, while bees rely on a diet of nectar or pollen.
If you see this nest in and around your home …
We’ll remove the nest from your property and eliminate your problem.