Probably walked by it hundreds of times, both before and after construction! Drove under it with the tractor. Little buggars were busy I’ll say that for them.
Have you taken it down? They all die save the queens at the end of season
It was on an inspection. They stay strong all year down here.
When I was about 8 years old, we were at some friends place on a lake and my older siblings came running back toward the cottage yelling “RUN!”, “RUN!” but not saying why. So, I thought they were joking, as we did much of the time with each other, so I kept walking along the water’s edge.
All of the sudden I was swarmed by hornets or bees, I don’t remember, and was stung over 100 times. When I got back to the cottage, they freaked at how I looked and the only thing that made it feel better was to get in the cold water of the lake…I stayed in the lake for 4 hours. Then it was tolerable to get out of the water.
Ever since then a sting by a hornet or bee feels like mosquito bite. I must have built up an immunity or tolerance for their sting.
EEK! They’re everywhere!
Now in the past when they started nests on the house I would get the garden sprayer and fill it with soapy water. Apparently the soapy water washes away whatever water protection they naturally have and drowns them. This worked well but the nests were small. I think this time I’ll wait till they’re dead (cold season) and spray the nest for the queens. and then destroy it. Instead of the garden sprayer I’ll use a hose attached spray container (greater distance - more pressure).
Now’s the time for someone to correct this approach if needed!!
Problem solved! Storm came along yesterday; heavy rains. high wind and coastal flooding Nest didn’t survive. Works for me.
It’s like they say, “Location, location, location…”
I think the branches and leaves on my Sugar Magnolia beat the nest to death.
I was up on the roof of the fifth wheel cleaning today and found a wasp nest approximately one foot in diameter, mostly inside the cover. I’ve dealt with nests underneath, where a person can spray the nest, run like heck, and repeat until all are dead. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to try that on the roof. I might wait until freezeup and take care of it once they go into hibernation.
I suspect I could spray soapy water with a pump sprayer(like this one) and catch those in the air. I’ll have to try that. I don’t like yellow jackets.
BTW, soap is a general insecticide. I have an insecticidal soap for spraying fruit trees to get rid of pests.