Getting Rid Of Bald Faced Hornets In The Homestead


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Farmer and Volunteer firefighter tries to get rid of a nest of Bald Faced Hornets, that have created a large nest near a shed.

The reason to try and take this nest down is that bald-faced hornets are known to attack honey bees and this farmer is trying to protect his hides that lay on the opposite side of that field across his shed.

Using the latest in camera technology, he sets up different cameras and a drone, that will allow us to have different views of this first attempt. 

The first attempt turns out to be an unsuccessful one, the Hornets have rebuilt their hive, but this time he is prepared. He decides to scorch and blow them up. This puts an end to the threat for his honey bees and all is good in the world again.

Facts about Bald Faced Hornets

Habits

Bald-faced hornets are social insects, although not true hornets. They live in colonies that may contain between 100 and 400 members at their peak. They usually appear in late summer when populations are largest. Unlike other stinging insects, bald-faced hornets do not reuse their nests season after season.

Habitat

Bald-faced hornets build paper nests at least three or more feet off of the ground, usually in trees, shrubs, on overhangs, utility poles, houses, sheds or other structures. These nests can be as large as 14 inches in diameter and more than 24 inches in length.

Threats

Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space. This makes bald-faced hornet removal somewhat difficult. These hornets have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again. Bald-faced hornet stings also carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch and swell for about 24 hours. Humans are at the same risk of allergic reactions from bald-faced hornet stings as with other insect stings. 

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