Bald-Faced Hornet


Bald-faced hornets are closely related to the yellow jacket family, but are quite different in appearance. They appear white and black in color and a white or "bald-faced" head. They also have three white stripes at the end of their bodies.


You can usually find bald-faced hornets in forested areas or in vegetation urban areas and are more active in the daytime. Nests are generally located in trees and bushes, but can occasionally be found under rock overhangs or the sides of buildings. They defend their nests and will get aggressive if they feel there is a predator near.

Entry and Damage 

Bald-faced hornets are omnivorous and beneficial due to their predation of flies, caterpillars and spiders. However, their aggressive nature makes them a threat to humans who wander too close to a nest. If there is a nest near your home or business call your Critter Control of Seattle technician immediately. Do not attempt to rid the nest on your own. The bald faced hornet has a unique defense in which they squirt venom from their stinger into the eyes of nest intruders. Their venom causes immediate water of the eyes and temporary blindness.

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