Baldfaced Hornet

Baldface Hornet Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Dolichovespula maculata
How to Identify a Baldface Hornet?

Baldfaced hornets are 5/8 to 3/4 or more of an inch long. They are black with yellowish to white coloring in the face and have no hairs. 

Where Do They Come From

The baldfaced hornet is a social insect. Their colony dies off every fall, but fertilized queens will overwinter. Queens start new colonies every spring that will grow throughout the summer months.

Their nests can be found on building eaves, in plants, trees, etc. and are aerial. 

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Prevention of Baldface Hornets

Minimize nesting habitat around property and install tight-fitting screens windows. Monitor for hornet nests from early summer through the fall.

Learn more by reading our blog post: Stinging Insect Guide: Bees, Hornets, & Wasps in Utah. 

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Dolichovespula maculata


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Their nests pose a serious health risk to humans

Tips & Tricks

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How to Exclude Hornets From Your Home

  • Minimize nesting habitat around property and install tight-fitting screens windows.
  • Monitor for hornet nests from early summer through the fall.
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How To Remove a Hornet Nest

  • Purchase and use a bee veil, suit and gloves when removing nests.
  • Apply an appropriately labeled aerosol or dust insecticide using and extendable “bee pole.”
  • To remove a nest you must wear a protective bee veil, suit and gloves.
  • At night, using a ladder or bee pole, apply an aerosol wasp insecticide into the nest entrance hole.
  • Bag and remove the nest and place in a dumpster away from people.

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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