Hornet nest

Asked November 16, 2020, 5:40 PM EST

I read your 2013 post on hornet nest (very informative). Do empty nests eventually fall off the tree or remain?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

The old nests eventually weather away, and birds may peck at them too, exploring for overwintering insects taking shelter inside, which will speed-up their disintegration. Wind in storms and ice/snow loads can also snap the twigs that the nests are attached to, and once on the ground, various decomposing organisms degrade it further.