The Buzz about Hornets

Hornet Next Kingsway Dr 08-15-2014Mother has a fascia board that needs to be replaced on the back of the house. Mark and I decided we have neither the ladder, the expertise or the ambition to tackle something that would turn into a Big Job if we tackled it, so I reached out for a fellow recommended by Ernie Chiles.

He said he’d get it done it before we the attic filled with squirrels. Before he took the job, he wanted to walk around to see he needed to take care of anything else at the same time. When he got to the window outside Mother’s bedroom, he suggested that she keep the window closed because of the big hornet nest about three feet from it.

I watched the nest for a good bit waiting to capture one coming or going, but didn’t see any. It might be an inactive nest, or they might have been waiting for me to give it a poke, at which time they would demonstrate why wise people don’t poke a hornet nest.

I haven’t had much experience with hornets – bees and wasps, yes – hornets, no. I want to keep it that way.

5 Replies to “The Buzz about Hornets”

  1. Don’t hammer above a hornets nest either.

    We lived on Route W north of Cape and had a small barn on the place. A big wind came up one day and blew some of the tin roof loose. So I got the latter out,climbed onto the roof and started pounding a new nail into the roof. That lasted about 30 seconds and I felt a sharp pain in my back. I jumped off the roof, a good thing it was a small barn, and hit the ground running toward the house. My wife checked my back out and I had 2 large bumps, put some ice on them and it felt better. I went outside to see what I could finds and low and behold the was a huge hornets nest right where I put the latter to get on the roof. Don’t know why I didn’t see it(stupid I think) or get stung going up. The one thing I do know is don’t get stung by a hornet, because it hurts really bad.

  2. My wife and I bought a used house trailer form a couple that lived on Dorthy street. It was at Star Vue
    trailer park. There was a picture in the paper of a hornets nest in their front yard tree. Later in the year I had some friend over and was barbecuing. My friend was looking to see if we could still see the movies and ask if I knew I had this here. There was a big hornets nest on the front corner of our house trailer not far from where I was cooking. Always wondered if this was the same bunch of hornets.

  3. I have a similar hornets nest under my eve and it has grown to near basketball size. It is “active” and I intend to leave it alone until the first freeze.

  4. Larry Points – or anyone:
    After the first freeze, then what? I ask because I have two new nests on my property this year. And there’s no way I can handle getting stung!

  5. If you live where you get a good hard freeze (or two for the squeamish), they are devoid of live hornets. You can cut them down if on small branches (as in a shrub) and donate the thing to a local science class for display … I’ve done that a couple of times.

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