Bald-Faced Hornet

These hornets usually inhabit woodland edges but are active throughout Rhode Island and all of New England. They build nests in shrubs, trees and lawns.  When they build these paper nests in home attics or wall voids they can be damaging to the structure of the house.  Adults are extremely protective of the nest and will sting repeatedly – and painfully – if disturbed. Bald-faced hornets also chew wood to build small, pendant nests out of gray pulp. They are most active from the month of May through the month of September.  Many people are allergic to stinging insects like the hornet and a sting can cause severe swelling or potentially be fatal.