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Paper Wasp Nest

I spotted a defunct paper wasp (or, more likely, a hornet) nest on a lawn under a tree:

Paper Wasp  Nest - side view
Paper Wasp Nest – side view

Call it basketball sized, large enough to raise plenty of wasps:

Paper Wasp Nest - end view
Paper Wasp Nest – end view

I vastly prefer encountering those critters after their season is over …

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  1. #1 by Keith Ward on 2018-12-22 - 08:16

    Ed, that would be a hornet nest. Papers wasp nests are not enclosed/enveloped. I know this one has most of that missing now but remnants are still there. But there has always been and will always be debate when it comes to common/local names for flora and fauna. The bottom line, both are aggressive and dangerous.

    • #2 by Ed on 2018-12-22 - 08:43

      And both have yellow-and-black warning stripes, which is all I need to know!

  2. #3 by RCPete on 2018-12-22 - 09:12

    I get paper wasps every summer where they’ll build nests under eves and at ridgelines (the carport-turned implement shelter and the tent-like firewood shelter). Got stung once with a medium bad reaction. I had to have an Epi-Pen handy for a couple of years after that.

    The wasp and hornet sprays with long reach are my friend. If it’s an area I need to go, I don’t want to risk getting stung again.

    • #4 by Ed on 2018-12-22 - 13:36

      A bag of shredded leaves next to the garage harbored a big wasp nest, which I repeatedly sprayed from a respectful distance to no avail. After a while, though, a raccoon (or its ilk) clawed through the bag, extracted the entire nest, and hauled it off for a late-night snack. I hope the bug spray didn’t give the critter a bellyache!

  3. #5 by madbodger on 2018-12-22 - 11:53

    I came home once to see one of the shrubs out front had apparently turned silver. Closer examination revealed the bush was covered with spiderweb, and a hornet nest about that size, but no hornets. Apparently the spiders had set up shop there and methodically cleaned out the entire nest.

    • #6 by Ed on 2018-12-22 - 13:38

      Spiders are on our approved list, although we do deport them from indoors.

  4. #7 by Mike on 2018-12-23 - 14:54

    The wasps/hornets/whatever they are a problem, and the stings can be real nasty.

    From the mid 1960s until 2007 we had a house with a backyard pool, and the wasps/hornets used to land on the surface of the water, collect some, and fly off to build the nest. My mom hated them as she was very sensitive to the venom and got stung one too many times when she was swimming. Epipens were not around while she was alive and the local hospital was about half-hour away.

    So one of my jobs was to keep an eye out for the buggers and try to follow them and locate the nests, which were frequently under the eaves of our house, our garage, a neighbors house, their garage, or in a tree. The biggest I ever found was football sized and it was hanging from a crossarm on a telephone pole.

    Once I had found a nest my dad took over as he didn’t want me to get stung. Back then the long range bug sprays had not been developed yet and he used a rig made up of a 6 foot long 2×3, a roll of tape, a can of Raid and the combination of a hinged paint stirring stick and a long string to press the sprayer nozzle. He had found a beekeepers helmet/hood somewhere and used it!

    We’d wait until about 10 pm (all the bugs were in/on the nest and asleep at that point) and he’d get into position, On the nest hanging from the telephone pole he had to modify the rig to about 10 feet long and I was needed to help him position it. Either my mom or I would hit the nest with the beam from a 5 cell flashlight, and he’d soak it with Raid. A day or two later I’d knock the nest down.

    • #8 by Ed on 2018-12-23 - 19:10

      Yow!

      One of those things to be remembered much more fondly as the years add up. [grin]