Baldface Hornet

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Dolichovespula maculata

How to Identify an 

Baldface Hornet

Baldfaced hornets are 5/8 to 3/4 or more of an inch long. They are black with yellowish to white coloring in the face and have no hairs.

Where do they come from?

The baldfaced hornet is a social insect. Their colony dies off every fall, but fertilized queens will overwinter. Queens start new colonies every spring that will grow throughout the summer months.

Their nests can be found on building eaves, in plants, trees, etc. and are aerial.

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What do they look like?

Baldfaced hornets have no hairs
Baldfaced hornets are social insects
A baldface hornet eats other insects and nectar
Close up view of the face and antennae of an American cockroach

Where do they live?

Minimize nesting habitat around property and install tight-fitting screens windows. Monitor for hornet nests from early summer through the fall.


Dolichovespula maculata



Insects and nectar

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