Hornets are D E A D

And I’m SO glad we didn’t try to do it ourselves.  The guy showed up with a power sprayer with a massively long hose that was attached to a resevoir in his truck, stood back from the nest a good 30 feet, and was STILL slapping at the hornets that made it past the spray.  I took a quick look, the nest is demolished and there are dead hornets and eggs everywhere under it.  To soon to tell if he got every single one, we’ll give it a day and then go out and cut down the nest and burn it (burn ban or not I’m not leaving it up).

For anyone in the Central NY area, I highly recommend Gannon Pest Control of Syracuse NY.  The customer service was very good, and the guy showed up right on time.  Their rate was less than 1/2 of what Orkin and Terminix wanted.  No idea how far out from Syracuse they’ll go, but when I was setting up the appointment the receptionist made the comment he was headed to Oneida after us, which isn’t the shortest drive from Syracuse so they will travel some.

 

The dead nest:

4 Comments

  1. Ping from Zack:

    Some of my neighbors come and get me when they want low-hanging hornets bumped off. After dark I use a foam insecticide to flood the nest entrance, wait a while then repeat. Then I take a three-prong rake and yank the nest down and then re-spray it.

    Once a nest was in a bush under a street-light so my “attack in the dark” did result in a swarm that chased me around a bit.

    For some reason I always look forward to the challenge; I’ve been whacking hornets, yellow jackets, and wasp nests since I was a kid. The types that build nests in the ground are especially difficult to deal with.

  2. Ping from threecollie:

    They are horrible this year! One cornered me on the porch yesterday and the boss had to come kill it before it got me.