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  • Japanese hornets

    We have a large nest in the ground on a trail in hunt country-they laugh at the hornet spray we've tried. They even have sentries out at night, so no sneaking up on them in the dark. Short of open flame, any ideas? Waiting for frost is not at the top of the list...

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    Exterminator?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Simkie View Post
      Exterminator?
      Or move the trail! ; )

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        #4
        The trail was "improved" for WEG last year, and it's a main trail, so moving it is not an option. Simkie, you are not the first to suggest professional help. I bet that's what we end up doing. The nest is huge, in a dead tree, with suburban parts nearby in the ground. Imagine a group of 10-15 horses stirring that up-yikes!!

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        • #5
          Hornets are no joke and when stung by one, leave quite a reminder of their wrath. I second the professional. No sense risking you or your friends health. You don't know you're allergic to hornet stings until you've been stung by one (or three). Ask me how I know!
          ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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          • #6
            You do not want to risk yourself or your horse getting stung by one of those! They do not stop stinging like a bee. From what I understand from a friend that had a nest treated in her attic by a pro, one sting could send a person to the ER and the risk of anaphylactic shock is very real!
            They are not “regular” wasps! Be careful and safe!!!

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            • #7
              I know this reference is a year old but was unable to find any more recent contrary references from reputable sources.https://bygl.osu.edu/index.php/node/1148
              If you think they are Japanese/Asian wasps, make sure you send some off to your local university extension service for verification. If they REALLY are here, that has important implications state and nation wide.

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              • #8
                that's what I was thinking, I could not find any verification of Japanese Hornets in NA. It doesn't mean they aren't here because they probably will get here eventually...

                But it seems like if it was previously verified, there would be some good ag extension report out there. So if you are among the first, you should make sure your ag extension knows about it!

                (otherwise they might just be cicada wasps, which are less aggressive, but I suppose that theory flies out the door if most of the hunt gallops over their nest!)
                Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                  Toblersmom, thanks for the link. I bet they are European hornets. I don't want to mess with them.

                  The way it usually happens, is the hounds go through and stir the bees up, and the field becomes the target of opportunity. It's really fun when the pack is checked on a narrow path, and you have a bunch of dancing, kicking horses with no place to go!

                  The joys of eary season hunting...

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                  • #10
                    All of this is reminding me that I need to get a new epipen!

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