Wasp or Bee Hive? (Bald-faced hornet nest)

by Colleen
(Brooklyn, NY (I am in Bethlehem, PA))

This very large hive is in the bush of my daughter's Brooklyn front yard.

I tried to see if it was wasps, as suggested, but it looked like bees...not very many of them.
If it is wasps we need our less-than-helpful-landlord to hire someone to remove it.
We have very young boys (2.5 and 5) that can very easily become curious.
I need an ID of this hive.
How do you suggest we deal with it.

The 4th picture (5635) was taken from the other side of the bush to see the back of the hive.
I could not capture any bee or wasp...the few I saw were too fast for me to even see what they were.



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Bald-faced hornet nest
by: Moni

Colleen
The nest in your daughter's bush is that of the bald-faced hornet. It gets it's name from the white face. It is actually not a true hornet but an above ground nesting yellowjacket.

Fertilized queens overwinter, workers are present from spring through late fall, new queens and males are produced late summer/fall. It is possible that colonies are active all year in the deep south.

As the colony grows, multiple tiers are added, consisting of hexagonal cells. The nests can be as small as a small soccer ball to twice the size of a football or larger.

After a few hard frosts, all the bald-faced hornets are out of the nest, so it becomes harmless. Many nature centers appreciate having the nests for educational programs. Nests can be collected in early winter, if living in the north.

Bald-faced hornets are considered beneficial insects since they reduce populations of unwanted insects (including other yellowjackets) and will help pollinate flowers when out searching for nectar.

This insect is found throughout North America.

These insects can sting.
NOTE:
Pennsylvania State Univ suggests - " the nests can be ignored. However, individuals with known sensitivities to wasp and bee stings should have any nests close to their homes removed by professional pest management personnel (pest control companies)."

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