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    Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    This thing has been getting larger by the week. It's hanging in a pear tree at my grandmothers house at about eye level. It's about as tall as a five gallon bucket and as broad as one at the widest point.

    So far no stings *knocks on wood*

    LMAO

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    White Face Hornets,bad juju,them babies pack a wallop in their sting!Best thing to do if ya ever get them riled up is DON"T MOVE A MUSCLE,they won't perceive you as a threat and will go away!
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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    Please be VERY careful approaching this nest. DO NOT go near it if you can help it.

    This is a paper hornet nest, probably White-faced hornets. They are extremely aggressive and will follow anyone or anything disturbing the nest literally for a good portion of a mile. Hit one with a combine once. Eventually outran them across the field, but getting anywhere near the nest for the next 6 hours was to invite being stung.

    Venom from these hornet is STRONG: much stronger than a bee or a wasp sting. People who are at all allergic to bee stings should avoid these completely.

    I cannot see any white on any of the hornets, but trust me: you really do not want to be close enough to see their white heads!

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    Some folks will pay for an empty nest like that. Just sayin'
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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    Quote Originally Posted by packerbacker
    Some folks will pay for an empty nest like that. Just sayin'
    I am going to harvest this sucker. I have two methods I am thinking of using:

    One involves waiting until the first hard freeze and just going out and clipping the branch the next day after they are all dead.

    The next method involves lighting a Tiki Torch at night about 20 feet in front of the opening of the nest, then creeping up behind the nest and poking it with a stick. Hornets come out and fly into the flame to their doom, then I clip the branch.

    And yes, these are "Bald-Faced Hornets". I know these boys will mess you up. They are hornets in name only - they are actually giant yellow jackets. So far they are pretty tame. I think you have to disturb the nest somehow to get them riled up.
    LMAO

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    If you are at all susceptible to anaphylactic shock, a single sting from one of these is enough to get you immediately to the hospital. Forget yellow jackets and Africanized honeybees. One hornet equals several hundred of those alternatives.

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuberale
    If you are at all susceptible to anaphylactic shock, a single sting from one of these is enough to get you immediately to the hospital. Forget yellow jackets and Africanized honeybees. One hornet equals several hundred of those alternatives.
    I hate bee stings, but I don't think I am allergic. A red wasp popped me in the ear a few summers ago and it felt like someone was driving a hot nail into my ear with a claw hammer.

    Usually you have to wait until winter to spot these, and by the time all the leaves drop they can be pretty beat up from the weather and other wildlife. They are normally high up in treetops so you have to shoot the branch and knock them down, causing more damage. I have a chance to get a really good specimen since it is hanging so low.

    Hopefully they won't get after anyone before the first hard freeze. After we start getting some night temperatures in the low 40's-high 30's, they start to get lethargic. I may actually hit them earlier by creeping up there during the coldest part of an October night with a garbage sack to throw over it and tie off for a few days while they expire.

    I may get someone to film the event from indoors - it could end up being hilarious.
    LMAO

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    A nest in perfect shape can fetch lots of $$$$$....

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat
    Get the nest!!! Not now, but in the dead of the winter. Build a fire under or close by to smoke the hornets out. Those nests are selling for around $50 each. I have 2; one found by my husband 40+ years ago and another by my son about 14 yrs ago. I have them preserved & displayed.

    RR
    I would wait for several hard freezes, then the fire...not sure of the tiki torches working good enough though. Preserving was by spraying hair spray on em.

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    Quote Originally Posted by hombre_de_plata_flaco
    And yes, these are "Bald-Faced Hornets". I know these boys will mess you up. They are hornets in name only - they are actually giant yellow jackets. So far they are pretty tame. I think you have to disturb the nest somehow to get them riled up.
    Oh I remember these guys! As a kid, we used to burn the nests frequently. If I recall correctly, the nest is most calm at night. You can walk-up to the nest, light a book of matches and toss it at the nest. Because the nests are made of a paper-like substance, they burn faaassst. The Queenie is usually dead-center in the nest. Once she's dead, the few survivors go elsewhere and die. Anyway, the sight of this ball-o-flame in the evening was as fun to watch as a roman candle on the 4th of July!

    Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. Always seek professional advice before attempting this. Do not try this on a nest attached to a house. Always have appropriate fire fighting equipment (water hose/extinguisher/etc) nearby. User assumes full responsibility!

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Bob
    Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. Always seek professional advice before attempting this. Do not try this on a nest attached to a house. Always have appropriate fire fighting equipment (water hose/extinguisher/etc) nearby. User assumes full responsibility!
    CYA-ing pretty heavy there A.B.! LOL!
    Hombre, good to see, not good to see that hornets nest! So sorry dear, or hey, where we gonna sell it? hehehehehe
    We had one of them, not quite that big, in the pear tree, down in Moultrie. Someone musta come by, and "harvested" it, themselves, cause one day it was there(next to road), next day, no more nest!
    I can almost appreciate, the not haven to hassle with it, no I'm not allegic, but...............yek!

    Also, Packerback, and ohioman, who be buying and paying big bucks for these things?
    Inquiring minds would like to know! LOL!

    Ok, for when ya get stung. If you allergic, GO TO HOSPITAL, doctor, fire department, GOT EPI, seek all of the above! (no moms great-uncle did not DIE from yellow-jacket sting and I lie).
    If you not allergic, get ya a cigerette, or chewing tobacco, spit on it and get it soppy, put a pinch on the sting, and cover with bandaid, duct tape, whatever ya got. Leave on till shower, and/or re-apply after.
    Something bout tobacco, sucks the sting out, won't hurt as bad for as long? I dunno
    always worked for me
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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    Quote Originally Posted by pat-tekker-cat
    Also, Packerback, and ohioman, who be buying and paying big bucks for these things?
    Inquiring minds would like to know! LOL!
    People like hunters and outdoor enthusiasts seem to like them for decorations. Taxidermy shops will buy them to use in mounts as well I do believe.

    I won't stand to profit too awful much from this thing - I'm just looking at it as a really dangerous $50 bill hanging in a tree at the moment. That's what I would expect to get from it.

    One thing that has me worried is the pears. These things will have to drop eventually. Some that are growing above the nest could fall down and damage it. Also, there may be pears growing inside the nest. Hopefully the little buggers will eat them before they come plopping out of the nest. Part of the reason the nest is so low is because of the pears, so when they all drop the nest may rise up a foot or two.
    LMAO

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    The paper nest does not burn very easy.
    Black powder shooters used to use that paper for a patch in their rifles.
    They said that paper doesn't burn.

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    "I say we nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure"

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    Re: Hornets Nest in a Pear Tree...

    Check this guys pictures out! He made a comment on a forum that he paid 300 bucks for a nest once! http://www.flickr.com/photos/72915472@N00/

 

 
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