What seniors feared was a beehive on city property turns out to be nest of Bald-faced hornets

DETROIT (WXYZ) - When they called 7 Action News for help, seniors living near Collingwood & 14th street on Detroit's west side thought they had a bee problem in a tree on city property - but it was no beehive

Instead, it's a nest to a colony of Bald-faced hornets.

"That's worse than what we thought it was," said Phillip, President of the local block club, who called 7 Action News Tuesday morning after he felt he wasn't getting any help from the city to resolve the problem.

For two weeks, Phillip said he was leaving messages and getting voicemails that had not been set up to handle phone calls.

7 Action News viewers helped identify the insects as Bald-faced hornets and we called Detroit's General Services Department to see what could be done about the potentially dangerous pests that were keeping LaGloria Roberts and her 93-year-old mother from sitting on their porch in peace.

The nest hangs in a tree that is next to a sidewalk. It's also not far from the wheelchair ramp LaGloria uses to get her mother in and out of the house.

By Tuesday afternoon, a city worker arrived to survey the nest, and a supervisor, as well as a spokesperson in the Mayor's office, tell 7 Action News that a crew will be out first thing in the morning to remove the hornet's nest.

Experts in pest control say it's best to treat or remove a nest early in the morning when the hornets are inside of it and less active.

According to PestWorld.org:

Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space. This makes bald-faced hornet removal somewhat difficult. They have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again. Their stings also carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch, or swell for about 24 hours. Humans are at the same risk of allergic reactions from a Bald-faced hornet stings as with other insect stings.

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