Are the Bald-Faced Hornets Dangerous? Are There Reasons To Fear Them?
What’s the most aggressive wasp in New Hampshire? That’s right; it’s the bald-faced hornet. Bald-faced hornets are dangerous and can sting you without warning!
The bald-faced hornet has one of the most painful stings, and it can sting you multiple times.
How can you recognize them? What should you do if you get stung by one? Are bald-faced hornets deadly?
By the end of this guide, you will know how to identify the bald-faced hornet and its nest. You’ll understand the dangers of getting near these aggressive insects. And you’ll know what to do if you find a nest or get stung.
So, let’s get started! Keep reading to stay informed about this painful pest.
What Are Bald-Faced Hornets?
Bald-faced hornets are a type of wasp known for their black and white coloring. They get the name “bald-faced” because they have a white color on their faces. Although they are more closely related to yellow jackets, these wasps are called “hornets” because of their larger size.
Bald-faced hornets benefit the environment because they help control the population of other insects. But Bald-faced hornets can be very aggressive when their nest is disturbed. They sting humans and animals, and their stings can be excruciating.
How Do You Identify Bald-Faced Hornets?
Bald-faced hornets are easy to identify because they have a black and white pattern on their head and thorax and a white spot on their face.
Bald-faced hornets are important predators of other insects. Keeping them around in your garden can benefit your plants as long as you keep your distance.
These insects build large, gray, cone-shaped nests. You’re most likely to find them hanging from trees or eaves.
Are Bald-Faced Hornets Deadly?
Can bald-faced hornets kill you? Some people are at a much higher risk than others. The bald-faced hornet’s venom is potent and can cause anaphylactic shock in some people.
However, fatalities are rare. Most people who get stung have minor experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, and redness.
What Should You Do If You Get Stung By A Bald-Faced Hornet?
If you get stung by a bald-faced hornet, taking quick action is vital to minimize the amount of pain and swelling.
For about 10 minutes, put a cold compress on the painful area to help with swelling and pain. You can also take an over-the-counter antihistamine for itching and swelling.
If you begin to have severe symptoms like difficulty breathing or swallowing, don’t wait. Get medical attention immediately.
Don’t Risk the Sting of This Painful Pest
If you see a nest and are allergic, don’t risk facing the bald-faced hornet’s deadly sting. Don’t approach the nest at all. The safest option is to call a professional to remove the nest on your behalf with less risk to everyone.
So call Garfield Pest Control! Garfield Pest Control serves a wide area in Central and Southern New Hampshire. We’ll be happy to help you remove any bald-faced hornet nests from your property. Contact us today to get started!