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Shocking Outcome of Taking Down a Dead White Pine?

Behind our house, on a kind of ridge within falling range of our house and cars, stood this humongous dead white pine tree. It was tipped slightly in the wrong direction. In addition, there was this power line... The tree had to go.

A fellow volunteered to take it down for $100, which, frankly, was the limit of our fiscal ability. The day was set, the job was done. Some difficulty, but serious damage was avoided.

Yet, within days, we began to receive (and are receiving) unwelcome visitors. These visitors are fear-inspiring == both noisy and threatening in appearance. They are European Hornets! Check out the photo!

We have read up on them. If we can keep them at bay until cold weather, we should be good to go. We must keep lights off at night so they are not drawn to our house. Fortunately, they are not known to be terribly aggressive.

Still, would that fact comfort you if you heard this loud buzzing in your bedroom at night?

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MegL wrote on October 12, 2017, 7:57 AM

My mother was always terrified of hornets. Wasps get more aggressive in the autumn but I try to leave them alone and certainly, they have always left me alone.

VinceSummers wrote on October 12, 2017, 8:14 AM

Purportedly, the European Hornet is the only T-R-U-E hornet in the U.S. It's the yellow jacket that's the big-time aggressor here. And, I believe, the so-called Bell Hornet.

MegL wrote on October 12, 2017, 8:19 AM

And I understand the yellow jacket may not be a true wasp. I quite like wasps and bees. they are interesting to watch.

VinceSummers wrote on October 12, 2017, 8:34 AM

I haven't double-checked it, Meg, but I believe the classifications wasp and hornet are actually considered different. Not that that matters to me. Categorizations are strictly man-made and change from time-to-time.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 15, 2017, 12:14 AM

This type is new to me. I was a member of the W. E. Greiner Yellow Jacket Band. I still see various species flying around our yard.

VinceSummers wrote on October 15, 2017, 8:30 AM

These are much, much larger. Thankfully they are not as mean.

Kasman wrote on October 15, 2017, 8:40 AM

I insist you give us our hornets back! emoticon :smile: No, seriously, you can keep them - none of these flying, stinging type of insect are any favourites of mine. Was this a coincidence of were the hornets nesting in the dead tree?

VinceSummers wrote on October 15, 2017, 1:22 PM

That's what I'd like to know. Even if it doesn't matter, really. Wherever they came from, I'd be happy if they were "passing through," "heading into the sunset."

HappyLady wrote on October 23, 2017, 3:47 PM

Sounds terrifying. I hope you find a way to get rid of the hornets. I guess their natural habitat has gone.