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.
OK the blast-o-gram was uneventful. Didn't even see one hornet fly. I'll check out the wreckage tomorrow.
That is a huge nest! Thanks for the warning. I had never even thought about that.
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.
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.
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.
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.