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Re: Paper wasps
« Reply #40 on: August 02, 2012, 09:01:34 PM »
How far is the nest from where you live or commonly work or play?  Are the hornets bothering you in any way, except by their potential for harm?  If they aren't, I'd tackle them in winter, if it was my butt on the line.   Saving the nest is nice, but I look at it as a secondary bonus to ridding yourself of those hornets.
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« Reply #41 on: August 02, 2012, 09:27:22 PM »
The nest is not permanent.  It's just a summer thing.  Check out the article in wikipedia.  They say gone by winter.  I'd bet they will be gone by the end of the month.  We have some of those around here.  Most nests I find are empty.

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« Reply #42 on: August 02, 2012, 09:33:34 PM »
The nest is about 25' from our entry door, but the only inconvenience will be mowing the lawn under it. It is about 6-7' off the ground. I placed a sign to warn that it is there.

I get about 5' to it for pics.
Here is this afternoon's pic, with yet another layer being added and yesterday's layer nearly closed on the entry.
 

 
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Re: Paper wasps
« Reply #43 on: August 03, 2012, 07:57:35 AM »
Over the years, we've had a number of woodsy individuals that roam the forests for oddities of nature. Recently, some go through the woods on horseback seeking ginseng, mushrooms, rocks, rattlesnakes [rattler skins and rattlers really big at Rondevous] and many collect the hornet nests.


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« Reply #44 on: August 03, 2012, 10:21:15 PM »
Nearly finished yesterdays' layer and another started on the back side.
No increase in activity when I am around the nest. But then I don't get closer than about 5' either.
 

 
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Re: Paper wasps
« Reply #45 on: August 08, 2012, 01:34:36 PM »
Those kind of nests are common in our woods, the bears love'm and rip into every one they find. In the early summer I usually whack 3 or 4 around the camp. I try to get them as soon as they are started - only one bee to contend with then.

One day when you are taking a photo a bee will fly right in your face but not sting you. That's your warning you are in their territory, make any moves or noise and he will call out the troops...

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« Reply #46 on: August 08, 2012, 01:46:14 PM »
The layers continue, at about one per day.
I have daily pics, but will just post the one from yesterday. Also, found a second nest near my walnut field. Stirred them up a couple weeks ago picking boulders out with my FEL, and thought it was a ground nest. But yesterday noticed a paper hanging nest of the bald-head hornets. I may try out the shotgun blast on that one, to see how/if it works. :)
 

 
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Re: Paper wasps
« Reply #47 on: August 08, 2012, 01:59:00 PM »
I may try out the shotgun blast on that one, to see how/if it works.

I use #9 bird shot from about 15 yards.  3 shots, turn and walk away very slowly.....that's if they aren't after you. :D :o :o :o :D :D ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #48 on: August 08, 2012, 02:08:22 PM »
Hope you're fast on your feet, or have a really tight choke.
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Re: Paper wasps
« Reply #49 on: August 08, 2012, 04:10:11 PM »
If it's hanging in a tree that's accessible, I might shoot that one from my truck and roll up the window afterwards so I could watch.
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« Reply #50 on: August 08, 2012, 04:15:52 PM »
Doc, you and I are thinking alike.... 8)
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Re: Paper wasps
« Reply #51 on: August 08, 2012, 07:30:17 PM »
I've been tellin' ya wait til dark and soak that nest with Brakekleen

Problem solved!

You just ain't got nuthin' else to do but mess with them bees!!  :D :D :D

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« Reply #52 on: August 08, 2012, 07:37:27 PM »
 :D :D :D
But......  I have the shotgun and shells, but would hafta go get the brakekleen.   

Have two nests, so may try both.   ;)
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« Reply #53 on: August 08, 2012, 08:24:23 PM »
Don't shoot the little maple  :).
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