What to do about this? #676367

Asked 2020-10-17 19:19:35

I believe this is a hornets nest in my tree. I discovered it yesterday. Do I leave it alone??????

Wright County Minnesota

Expert Response

The nest shown in the photo is typical of those created by bald-faced hornets or yellowjackets. In either case the nest has served its purpose and will not be used again.

Although hornets or yellowjackets may still be present, their days are numbered and most, if not all, will be dead and gone after two or three hard frosts. 

It's OK to remove the nest then if it's an eyesore or if you want to keep it as a conversation piece or use it for educational purposes. Otherwise leave it alone and nature will recycle it.

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Bob Bystrom Replied 2020-10-17 19:47:02

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On Oct 17, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Ask Extension wrote:

Gloria Caballero Replied 2020-10-17 20:29:25

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