These hornets have black bodies that are covered in white patterns. Their faces are almost entirely white, except for the area around their eyes. Most bald-faced hornets are between ½” to ⅝” long, while a queen bald-faced hornet is almost always ¾” long. They have 6 legs, a pair of wings, and two long antennae.
So how can you distinguish these hornets from other species? Start with their distinct black and white patterning. Another way to identify whether you’ve got a bald-faced hornet infestation is to look at the structure of the nest. Whereas most hornets build their papery nests in an open structure, bald-faced hornets completely enclose theirs. If you have an infestation and you want to avoid attracting these stinging hornets when you’re outside, try not to wear strong perfumes, as they’ll attract the fruit-loving hornets. If you ever leave food outside unattended, make sure that it’s covered. Bald faced hornets don’t lose their stingers, and can sting several times. They’re very aggressive, and will sting if only slightly provoked.