I stumbled across one video tonight of a drone attacking a hornets nest and then another . . . and then another. If you haven’t seen this side of alternative drone uses, allow me to introduce you to the rabbit hole.
The most effective attack drone of choice appears to be the DJI Mavic Pro, which maintains its position quite well as its blades cut into the nests. As you can see in several of these videos, the hornets attempt a counterattack on the drone to no avail as they simply bounce off the drones’ propellers.
Check out several more videos below.
This phenomena has been going on for several years. The following video is from 2014.