About a week ago, there was a LONG thread on a hornets nest
outside a window. Sadly, I don't remember what were the
answers to dealing with this.
I saw such a nest (grey, round, about the size of a
basketball, and open at the bottom) the other day.
So, what did we decide, again?
Talked with my neighbor this morning, he's a professional beekeeper. My
helper has a bowling ball sized nest in an old horse stall, and asked me.
Called beekeeper. Beekeep says to mix soapy water in sprayer, heavy on
liquid soap. Wait until first light, or middle of the night when they are
asleep. Spray heavily into opening, and have second person stomping the
ones that hit the floor. Keep spraying. A shop vac is actually a decent
idea, with the inside heavily sprayed with hornet killer to suck up the ones
on the floor When finished, stuff a rag in the open end so they can't get
out. Leave in the sun for a day.
Just what I heard. He got called for an Africanized colony a couple of days
ago. Said he "ONLY" got stung twice through his gloves, nonetheless. If he
gets a wild hive that's not Africanized, he brings home the queen if he can
get it, and the adjoining royal chamber, and starts a new hive. He has
about 15 hives now.
On Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:15:52 -0400, Stormin Mormon wrote:
The last one I had like that was hanging from the eaves of my workshop,
so I hit it with the end of a long pole and ran like hell :-) A few days
later, I found them trying to rebuild (or some new critters trying to
move in on the same spot) so I repeated the process and never saw them
after that. Presumably they went and built a nest elsewhere.
The worst one I had was bees that had got through a gap under a window
sill in the 'shop and were nesting inside the wall space below -
squirting nest killer stuff into the hole didn't have any effect (they
were much lower, and I suspect the wall insulation got in the way). In
the end I had to drill a few holes from the inside and spray the stuff in
Last year, I had something like 20 nests in the various buildings that we
have on our land. Same the year before that. This year, not a single one.
I assume the goofy weather earlier in the year has done bad things to the
stinging flying critter populations.
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