Baldface Hornet

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Dolichovespula maculata

How to Identify an 

Baldface Hornet

Bald-faced hornets are small (up to 1/2 inch long), brown, and have a black band on their abdomen. They are most easily identified by their small size and their black band.

Where do they come from?

Bald-faced hornets are common in the United States and Canada. They are most often found near garbage cans or other sources of food. Bald-faced hornets can also be brought into your home on food or garbage.

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of bald-faced hornets is to eliminate their food sources by thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. You can also use commercial fly traps or bait. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to contact a professional exterminator.

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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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