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Bald-faced Hornet

Taxonomists are a strange group. What is a taxonomist you ask? They are the biologists who like to name organisms (sometimes after themselves!) with those fancy Latin names. This black and white wasp (Dolichovespula maculata) has been named bald-faced hornet (a.k.a. white-faced or white tailed) based upon its size and habits. In reality, it’s closer to being a yellow jacket (Vespula sp.) but calling it as such doesn’t quite fit.

Bald-faced hornet extermination is tricky. These large wasps (up to 3/4 inch long) construct impressive paper nests (imagine basketball sized or larger by summers end) and are extremely dangerous when threatened or disturbed.

With their nasty reputation for aggressiveness, bald-faced hornets nests located near entryways, eaves, tool sheds, or in foundation plantings should not be taken lightly. If you need bald-faced hornet removal, please call us @ 1-800-525-8084.

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