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Craig's Lister stung by hornets in my driveway

July 28th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Well, the good news is I sold an old teak cabinet for $50 today. I never had so much response to a Craig's listing before. Maybe 8 or 9 responses. Perhaps I underpriced it, but I really just wanted to get rid of it. It was the top half of a hutch I got after my grandmother passed away. (I'd given away the bottom half, which looked very dated, to a neighbor who wanted it for storage.) I had painted it because I disliked the dark wood, but it was really just too big for my small rooms here, and I'm in the midst of a declutter binge.

I was happy, and I think Grandma would be happy, to see it go to the young couple that showed up, recently married. He is from Sweden.

The bad news is, as they carried the cabinet down my front lawn to the driveway, they brushed into a large viburnum in the front lawn. Unbeknownst to me, there is a good-sized hornet nest hanging hidden in the leaves, and she got stung several times.

She said she isn't allergic. I offered her some benadryl but she turned it down and said she was ok. They didn't seem to think it a big deal and said it was their fault cus they really jostled the hive and they were swarming all over the place. I'm a little worried becus I know from experience that even one sting, at least for me, swells up for at least several days.

I sure hope I'm not "liable" for anything should she pursue medical treatment, or be urged to do so by others.

Now I have the dilemma of what to do about that hive. It's just slightly smaller than a football. I believe you're supposed to wait til nearly dark and all the hornets are in the hive, and then spray them after adequately suiting up for protection.

My preference would be to wait til a hard frost kills them in October, but that's 3 months from now, and I mow in that area. In fact, I just mowed through there yesterday! I could give them wider berth and perhaps I'd be ok. Nowt hat i know it's there, I'm really surprised (and grateful) that I didn't get stung when I mowed there. I got stung once this year already.

3 Responses to “Craig's Lister stung by hornets in my driveway”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    Darn hornets!!

  2. Monkey Mama Says:

    My nieces got attacked by hornets this year. IT was surprisingly no big deal. (They stepped on a nest and were covered head to toe). Obviously if one was allergic that would be pretty life threatening. But I saw them the day after and couldn't even really see any marks/swelling. So I will hope your Craigslisters were equally resilient! (They only got a few bites? & they didn't seem to be the really red/swollen ones I seem to get too).

    We have wasps and we spray down their nests at night. They are *really* docile in the cold. Which is I think why they recommend to spray their nests at night (since we generally get cool evenings). That said, we get the small ones (by our front door and areas we frequent) before they get too large. Can't say I'd be gung ho to take care of a hive that size by myself!

  3. snafu Says:

    We were horrified to discover we had a wasps beneath the front entry stairs. Getting rid of the wasp's nest was a DIY wearing slacks, jacket, hat,[carpenter's] goggles & gloves. I looked weird but it was easier than I expected.

    Plan your quickest route back in house. The spray was effective, follow directions and use a lot. The following night I used a long broom handle to knock the nest into a bucket filled with boiling/very hot water.

    If wasps get on your clothes, wash them before wearing again.

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