Bald-Faced Hornets: Should You Eliminate These Pests?
Stinging insects generate fear in a large portion of the population, particularly those with sting allergies. The bald-faced hornet is one of the most aggressive of these stinging insects and may cause severe problems in those with allergies. However, these pests also provide benefits to a yard that may make a nest of them worth tolerating.
Bald-Faced Hornets Are Very Aggressive
Some people think of hornets as aggressive stinging insects that go out of their way to attack people. This perception isn't accurate, as most hornets eat pollen and try to avoid people as much as possible. The image of an aggressive hornet may be tied to the behavior of the bald-faced hornet, which is not a true hornet but is actually a yellowjacket.
This type of stinging insect is among the most aggressive due to its predatory habits. As a result, the bald-faced hornet typically defends its nest with intense veracity. This defensive behavior typically triggers when a potential invader gets too close to a nest. At this point, hundreds of bald-faced hornets may erupt from a nest and attack a person.
However, a single bald-faced hornet may also attack an individual if it feels uncomfortable with the human’s proximity. These stings inject a sharp venom into the body that makes the affected area hurt for at least 24 hours. Non-allergic individuals can anticipate burning and itching feelings and even some minor to severe swelling on the affected area.
Unfortunately, people with allergies to the sting of a bald-faced hornet will experience even worse symptoms. For example, some suffer from anaphylaxis, which can be deadly if not immediately treated. Thankfully, bald-faced hornet control isn't too hard when getting professional help.
Nests Are Easy to Find
Eliminating bald-faced hornets is relatively simple due to their nest-building habits. Unlike some species of bees, bald-faced hornets rarely hide their nests in the eaves of a home or in other out-of-the-way places. Instead, these yellowjackets typically place their nests in conspicuous places, such as on the outside of a tree, which makes accessing the nest easier.
After all, the bald-faced hornet is at the top of the food chain in its little ecosystem. Though some birds may take a chance and try to eat one from time to time, the sting of a bald-faced hornet typically deters most predators. As a result, people who want to get these stinging pests out of their yard shouldn't have a hard time finding the nest and pointing it out to pest control experts.
Hornets Do Provide Benefits
Though stinging insects like bald-faced hornets are often quite scary for those with allergies, these insects do provide some benefits. For example, the bald-faced hornet is a predator, which means it hunts and kills other insects in a person's yard such as spiders, caterpillars, flies, and beetles.
As a result, a nest of bald-faced hornets can take care of a broad array of pests in an individual's yard and make sitting outside more comfortable. And remember that bald-faced hornets typically don't attack unless people get too close to their nest.
In spite of these benefits, however, people with allergies may suffer panic attacks when they see a bald-faced hornet fly near them. Those with that level of fear should probably not tolerate bald-faced hornets simply for their peace of mind and comfort.
Hornet Control Provides Peace of Mind
Those with an allergy to hornets should seriously consider pest control methods. Though bald-faced hornets provide some benefits, the risk of allergic reaction is too high to tolerate. So if you need help getting rid of bald-faced hornets in your yard, please contact us at Godfather's Exterminating, Inc., as soon as possible. Our experts will find a way to get these pests out of your yard for good.