Bald-Faced Hornets are the most common Hornet in Rhode Island and are actually a Wasp and closely related to Yellow Jackets. Hornets are Social Insects that build Hives by chewing leaves into a papery pulp. They mature from egg to adult inside the hive. The Queen Hornet dominates the hive and is the only female to reproduce. Bald-Faced Hornets will defend a nest very aggressively if they feel threatened.
The Bald-Faced Hornet has a black body with a white face. Bald-Faced Hornets are large, with workers ranging from 1/2” to 3/4”. The Bald-Faced Hornet Nest is a grey paper tear shaped ball usually under an eave or on a branch of a tree.
Yes, Hornets Sting and will Sting Repeatedly. Hornet Nests can contain thousands of Hornets and will defend their nest very aggressively. Hornet Stings are very painful and tend to happen on the face.
Hornet Sting symptoms will vary from person to person. If a person is Allergic to the Hornets Venom they can experience side effects such as nausea, fainting and even death. The larger the amount of stings a person receives increases the affects. All persons will show severe reaction with enough stings.
The only signs of a Hornet Problem is a Large Paper Nest and the activity of the workers.
Bald-Faced Hornets are far more difficult and dangerous to control than other Bees and Wasps. Hornet Nests can contain thousands of Hornets which are very aggressive when disturbed. The nests are usually located up high and Extermination is best performed by a Professional Pest Control Company.
Hornets on your property are mostly by chance but some things can make it an ideal place. Hornets feed on other insects as well as scavenge from carrion. Open trash cans can attract them. You may have out of the way areas such as under eaves and tree branches.