How to Get Rid of Bald-Faced Hornets

Keep yourself safe from these aggressive stinging insects

Bald Faced Hornet

Bald-faced hornets are a member of the wasp family of stinging insects. Female wasps, when they feel their nest is threatened, can sting their victim with venom several times. Because of this territoriality, hornets and other stinging pests present a danger to people on your property, especially when their nests are disturbed. This aggressive nature is especially prevalent when humans attempt to remove a nest built too close to their home. Although nest removal is the best preventative action, this is often difficult because bald-faced hornets can build nests up to 40′ high. Experts advise that nest removal is best left to professionals, but there are ways to deal with it yourself. Here’s how to get rid of bald-faced hornets by removing a nest.


  • Cover your exposed skin with protective clothing.
  • Approach the nest at nighttime or early morning. Bald-faced hornets are active during the day and rest at night inside their nest. Spraying at night or the early morning ensures that the entire colony will be inside the nest, making it easier to destroy the whole population.
  • Approach the nest from a distance no closer than 10′. Bald-faced hornet nests often build their nests in high elevations (usually tree tops or roofs), so a ladder might be necessary. Use extra caution in this case.


  • Find the opening of the nest, which is usually a round hole at the bottom.
  • Spray a wasp and hornet-control product into the entry hole. You can find this product at a hardware or garden supply store. Look for a product that promises immediate action that kills on contact. Then stand back in case some hornets escape the nest.
  • Wait two days to ensure that all the hornets are dead before removing the nest.

Bald-Faced Hornets: Professional Removal

Nest removal is a risky endeavor. This is why many people choose to call in experienced professional exterminators to do it for them. The pest experts at Resolution Pest can remove a bald-faced hornet nest without anyone getting hurt in the process. Contact us for a free estimate and to make an appointment by calling 610-337-7378 today.

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