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Old 10-05-2019, 06:49 AM
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Thanks everyone. These are some unusual-looking hornets, too. The have NO brown or yellow on them, but rather black bodies with white stripes and white legs.



Sound like bald faced hornets. Larger than the yellow/black variety, and actually much less aggressive. I think you're safe just doing nothing at all. Very unlikely that they will sting you now that you know they are there. And your pets have already been stung, so they will probably avoid them.
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:05 AM
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Sound like bald faced hornets. Larger than the yellow/black variety, and actually much less aggressive. I think you're safe just doing nothing at all. Very unlikely that they will sting you now that you know they are there. And your pets have already been stung, so they will probably avoid them.



According to insectidentification.org

"Bald-faced Hornets are extremely aggressive if they, or their nest, is under threat or disturbed. They will sting REPEATEDLY. Nests are a gray, shapely, paper-like mass with an opening at the bottom".

I can attest to this, as I was unaware of a nest of them in the eves while sweeping off my roof. By the time it took me to fly down the ladder, I had been stung numerous times, and had to sprint a couple blocks before they stopped following. Due to the location, I hired an exterminator, and in his experience, bald-faced were more aggressive than other types of hornets.
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Old 10-05-2019, 08:23 AM
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Might be bald faced hornets (actually wasps).

I found a dead one under the nest. Yes, that's exactly what they are.
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Old 10-05-2019, 04:39 PM
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:07 PM
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No joke, my Dad called me to his place today and he has (HAD) a nest of these stinkin' things too.
My brother and I just took care of it the OLD FASHIONED way with a couple blasts of 3" magnum BB 12ga.
It was FUN !
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Cautiously place a 75 to 100 Watt incandescent light bulb near the nest as close as you can with out getting in danger of being detected and stung and leave the bulb lit for a few days and nights. We had a bald faced hornets build a similar nest in a tree by our front porch, we called an exterminator and accidentally left the front porch light on for several nights. When the exterminator arrived to remove the nest he found the nest empty and a pile of dead hornets under the porch lite. The best we could figure is that all the winged insects that the light attracted at night caused the hornets to keep trying to fight them and they eventually all died by exhaustion or running by into the hot light bulb.
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:41 PM
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Thanks again to all. I've eradicated the nest.

Today it was very cool in N. Illinois and the wasps were relatively dormant and and staying inside the nest. I bolted down 2 shots of Scotch (to prevent shaking) and then shot a stream of Great Stuff expanding foam into the entrance/exit to seal it. When I was confident they weren't coming out I cut the small branch the nest was built on, dropped the nest into a 5 gallon pail of very hot water with some bleach in it, and then laid a board across the top of the pail. An hour later I took the dead nest out of the pail, wrapped it in 2 trash bags, and then flattened it with the lawn roller.

Whew!! The only time I've been more frightened of a wildlife encounter was when I had to get a skunk out of a cage trap.
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:47 PM
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I've used this, at night.
https://www.harborfreight.com/propane-torch-91033.html
Works very well.

Your method took some courage to pull off. Congratulations.
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After sealing with the foam and removing from the tree, you should have TORCHED IT.
Soaking with a mixture of Coleman fuel (white gas/naphtha) and Bondo spray rubberized undercoating makes a fine makeshift Napalm.
We used to torch giant-sized ant mounds in the farm fields that way.
Much more fun to torch rotten insect pests than just soaking in water.

Although 'banned', DDT and Chlordane are extremely effective pesticides for bees of all sorts.
If one knows how to find it, DDT is still fairly easily obtained.
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