Saving the Nest

Don Stephan
It is possible that next year's queen or some late pupae may be hibernating in a nest. My dad brought inside in early winter a hornet's next or two, and a couple weeks later would find a couple adult hornets at a window, trying to get out.

Equally interesting is an underground yellow jacket nest. To kill an active underground nest, I would pour a couple ounces of gasoline in a paper cup and simply pour the gasoline into the hole as I walked past. Never got stung and did this 4 or 5 times. Environmentalists might scream, but I tried to kill a nest once using an entire can of wasp spray without success. And sometimes the location of the nest is a problem for family members, joggers, et cetera. After a few days, carefully dig up the nest. In Cincinnati the top of the nest seemed to be 3-5" below the surface, and the nest a sphere 7-10" in diameter. Follow the entrance hole carefully, the nest was always 6-10" to one side. At the entrance, the paper exterior was somehow reinforced, like a landing zone for coming and going.

(Who knows what discussion one will find next on WoodCentral? My apologies Ellis.)

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