Bee's Nest

Asked August 6, 2018, 11:38 AM EDT

Does the Extension provide assistance in ridding a bee's nest from my azalea bush? The nest is probably 6-8 inches across and grey in color and in full sun. The inhabitants are small bodied and mostly black.

Anne Arundel County Maryland pest control bald faced hornet nest

3 Responses

We do not provide this assistance. You may be referring to a bald faced hornet nest. Take a look at our website for photos to see if this is what you are referring to.
Bald-faced hornets are beneficial because they feed on many pest insects. They are not pollinators and are a type of yellow jacket. If not a threat to you, leave them be. The workers will die back with the first several hard freezes and the queen will overwinter elsewhere.
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/bald-faced-hornets

If this is not what you are noticing, please send us photos so we can see what you may be dealing with.

mh

Thanks for your input. Two questions - 1) After the second/third hard freeze, can I cut the nest from my azalae bush without fear of being stung? 2) What should I do with the nest after cutting it off the bush?

Yes, after the second/third hard freeze you can remove the nest. Gently poke with a broom to make sure all are dead. Discard in the trash.

mh