I noticed the other day that we have some kind of hive in the trunk of a huge cherry tree on our property. I've been looking through bee, hornet, and wasp ID photos and I'm thinking that they're hornets. The hornets are large, maybe a little bigger than a carpenter or bumblebee and they have a more elongated body shape. Their rear ends are black and yellow striped. They're constantly going in and out of the tree.
I've never dealt with something like this before so I'm not sure what my options are. Someone mentioned calling a beekeeper. If they are wasps though and not bees, will they still be able to remove the hive? It's tricky since I'm not sure exactly what I'm dealing with. Any other thoughts as to their removal?
Once I have the hive situation under control then I believe I'll be contacting an arborist to inspect the health of the tree. I'm sure they'd appreciate the bees being gone before I contact them, correct?