What is a Bald-Faced Hornet?

The bald-faced hornet is a relative of the yellowjacket and gets its common name from its largely black color and mostly white face. This stinging insect is named a hornet because of its large size and aerial nest.

Signs of an Infestation

A bald-faced hornet infestation is clearly visible with the presence of a nest, suspended above the ground. Worker bald-faced hornets could also be seen flying around the nest and nearby area in case of an infestation.

Avoiding contact with these insects is key to prevent getting stung. Homeowners should seal up any tiny openings like cracks where bald-faced hornets would be able to enter. Food should be kept covered, especially when outdoors, in order to keep these insects at bay. When spending time outside, people should avoid wearing strong fragrances and opt for unscented hygienic products.


Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space, unlike other stinging insects that may only rarely sting when they feel extremely threatened. This makes bald-faced hornet removal, which should be left to a professional for safety, somewhat difficult. These hornets have smooth stingers which allows them to sting over and over again, whereas other stinging insects, like honeybees, are only able to attack once before their stinger falls off.

Bald-Faced Hornet Sting

Bald-faced hornet stings are venomous, that makes the stings hurt, itch and swell for about 24 hours. Allergic reactions could be caused by stings from bald-faced hornets.