We have what we think is a bald faced hornet's nest in a viburnum bush about...

Asked September 20, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

We have what we think is a bald faced hornet's nest in a viburnum bush about 20 feet off the ground. Our question is whether to destroy it or not. It is possible it could be hit by a child's ball, but this is not likely. Do the hornets live until the weather turns cold?

Montgomery County Maryland insect identification bald faced hornet nest

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Neat picture. This is indeed the typical gray paper turban-shaped nest of a bald-faced hornet.

Bald-faced hornets are black and white yellowjackets, 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch long. The nests may be built on shrubs at ground level to over 60 feet or higher in trees. Nests may also be attached to sheds, houses, or utility poles. The nests are annual and not reused the following season. Bald-faced hornets are beneficial because they feed on many pest insects.
As long as it is left alone, we'd just leave it to finish off the life-cycle.
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