Bald-Faced Hornet

Actual Size: 1-1.5 inches

Characteristics: They are black in color, with a white head.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: Live in paper nests that are at least three feet off the ground, often in trees or on the sides of buildings

Habits:

  • Live in colonies between 100 and 400 members
  • Typically appear in late summer months
  • Known to be more aggressive stinging insects that may sting when provoked

Bald-Faced Hornets in Central Florida

Bald-faced hornets get their name from their unique markings on their face. Unlike other wasps, these are mostly black with white-ivory colored markings on its face. These stinging insects are relatively large and are known to be rather aggressive, especially when it comes to defending their nest. These beneficial wasps live in colonies with thousands of individuals. They are only a concern for Florida residents when they build their intimidating nests in structural voids, attics, and other cavities around your property.

Bald-Faced Hornet Nests & Habitat

The bald-faced hornet often builds its nests near where people live, work, and play. Their large nests are papery, gray in color, and egg-shaped. There are many compartments within these nests, which are often hung either near the ground or else very high in trees, shrubs, vines, overhangs, sheds, and more. Depending on how outgoing the hornets are, they can nest in the open or well-hidden. Nests can be as long as 24 inches, with a diameter of 14 inches. Unlike some types of stinging insects, bald-faced hornets do not use the same nest year after year.

Bald-Faced Hornet Behaviors & Dangers

Bald-faced hornets are one of the more aggressive types of stinging insects. Their stings are venomous and can be rather painful for about 24 hours. These hornets frequently scavenge in trash bins and forage on food and beverage at parks or in your backyard. They also consume ripe fruit in gardens, farms, and vineyards. In the autumn, the combination of cooler temperatures and reduced food stimulates newly emerged reproductive wasps to seek warm shelter, and they are more likely to invade homes.

As with many stinging insects, these pests will sting if they feel threatened. Bald-faced hornets are known to be aggressive, making it important to contact a professional wasp removal company for help.