It's that time of year when trimming of branches and yard clean up needs to be done. Our community has branch pick up in the fall, so it is a good idea to take advantage of that service. I grabbed the cutters and away I went on our tree line. I really do not enjoy yard work at all.
Here Jordan and Christal loaded up branches and took them to the front yard and piled them up.
Later in the day I was driving the tractor and stopped under our front tree to clip a branch. As I got off the tractor I heard a lot of buzzing. I looked up and this is what I found!
If you look real close you can see bees at the bottom of the nest. These are bald-faced hornets. They are black and white and apparently sting repeatedly. I did not get stung I moved pretty quick out of the area.
My kind neighbor came over at dusk to help us get rid of the nest. I laid a piece of plastic on the ground under it. Steve sprayed directly into the opening with a bee killer. The next morning there were several dead bees on the ground. (that's when I saw what they looked like). We then clipped the branch and tossed it out. It was very large and the detail on the outside is very intricate.