Wasp’s nest creates a buzz with Pocono residents – Pocono Record

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In response to the photos we presented of a giant wasp’s nest, readers reported seeing more of the nests around their homes and trees.

But experts say the insects’ danger has passed for the year. There’s a simple explanation for the increased nest sightings: the trees that obscured them are dropping their leaves.

Robin and Terry Danish sent along pictures of a massive nest they found along Fawn View Road in Chestnuthill Township.

“We saw it from our car as we were driving by, and it looked so large that we just had to stop and at least get out of our car and view it from the edge of the road,” Terry Danish said. “Our curiosity propelled our steps slowly forward and as we got closer, we could see that there was no activity.”

We initially reported the couple had found a wasp’s nest, but experts say it was actually another member of the yellow-jacket family called a bald-faced hornet.

Bald-faced hornets are the most common of the yellow-jacket family, said Steve Jacobs, an entomologist with Penn State Extension.

At this point in the season, nearly all the hornets have died off. Only the fertilized queen lives through the winter, usually hibernating in buildings, walls or attics, Jacobs said.

“By the time you get your first good freeze, they’re done,” he said. “They come out in the spring and start a brand new nest.”

In addition to being the most common, bald-faced hornets are also the least threatening of the yellow jacket family.

“You have to be doing something, like cutting at the bush with a hedge trimmer in order to bother them,” Jacobs said. “If you’re just walking past, they won’t do anything.”

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