Wednesday, October 26, 2011
|photo by Jonathan Schechter|
Their season in the sun is over.
But before you take down an 'empty' nest for a den decoration know this: Once in awhile a few hornets 'forgot to die' and hang on into November in the papery cells. Warmth in a heated den
will send them boiling out with an attitude and taser like powers of pain, a lesson I learned years ago. If you want to take a nest inside for a natural gift of the wilds before winter winds and chickadees blow and peck the nest apart wait until heavy frosts and then cut the limb and place
the nest in a plastic bag for a day inside to make sure you
don't hear buzzing and crawling.
And where is the queen hornet? She is snuggled up under a decaying log or wood chips in
your garden. She is fertile and ready to start a new season of bald-faced hornets next spring.