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davem
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July 15, 2023 - 10:30 pm

I was thinning my apples today and suddenly a bee stung me on the lip.  Turns out it was a bald-faced hornet.  I was about 2 feet from this nest.  I have noticed less codling moth damage this year.  Maybe the solution to codling moths is bald-faced hornets... 🙂

I'm going to wait until 11pm to blast the nest with a hose at the end of a long pole, then tomorrow night sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the debris.  Wish me luck.

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davem
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July 15, 2023 - 11:10 pm

OK the blast-o-gram was uneventful.  Didn't even see one hornet fly.  I'll check out the wreckage tomorrow.

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John S
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July 17, 2023 - 11:52 am

That is a huge nest! Thanks for the warning. I had never even thought about that. 

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JeanW
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July 21, 2023 - 1:43 am

I discovered one also when thinning. Mine was yellow jackets rather than bald-faced hornets.  I did get lucky though and saw it and got out of there before getting stung.  Great pictures, davem, especially after getting stung!  I guess this forum doesn't like portrait mode pictures.  In the preview my picture is sideways.  Sorry--I have no idea how to turn it right side up.

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davem
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July 21, 2023 - 12:26 pm

JeanW said
Great pictures, davem, especially after getting stung! 

  

Yes I am a fan of iNaturalist and I get excited/take pictures when I find a new species in my yard, even if it has just attacked me 🙂

It took about 5 days for my face swelling to go away completely.  Taking Benadryl helped a lot.

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davem
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August 17, 2023 - 8:41 am

Well I went to thin my apples again, and they had rebuilt the nest in the exact same spot.  So I waited until evening and sent them a blast-o-gram from my hose once again.

I did find a couple of apples in a nearby tree with codling moth damage.  But it is definitely way less than normal.

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Dannytoro1
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October 27, 2023 - 4:38 pm

We usually leave the Bald face nests alone. But that was a bad place to build a nest.

 

Between the Bald Face Hornets, Robber Flies and Dragon Flies we do not have much of an insect problem other then aphids.

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