I'ts an old nest. No wasps in it. It just stays in the garden all winter too. What's the difference between a wasp and hornet??? I just call them wasps.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Sorie10,
Posts: 3365 | Location: Colo. | Registered: Nov 24, 2002
Are you sure it is empty? I think I see a pair of wings in the twelve o'clock position. It looks like a paper wasp nest to me. I have an active nest under the eaves of my house next to the attached patio where I sit outside.
Paper wasps are very mild tempered and not likely to sting unless you attack their nest. One wasps landed on my knuckle one day and tried to feed me. Another day one landed in my hair but I didn't realize it until I came inside. I went back outside and tried to remove it but wouldn't let go. I went back inside and got a microfiber dust cloth and beat at it and it still wouldn't let go. So I went back inside and beat at it some more while standing in front of wall mirror. It landed on the floor and just looked at me. By this time I had a bad case of the hebe jibes so I had to kill it and take it outside. I hated having to do that to the poor thing.
Now that I look at it closer looks like a wasp in it at 12 o'clock. it will freeze before long! they don't really bother me.There are lots of them in our yard. I sprayed 5 nests in my shed a while back.
Posts: 679 | Location: colo | Registered: Oct 09, 2011
Sorie...this is for you... From Creaturecontrol.net : What is the difference between a hornet and a wasp?
Hornets and wasps are closely related; in fact, the hornet is a specific type of wasp. All hornets are wasps, and some wasps are hornets. One problem in distinguishing the two insects is that the terms "wasp" and "hornet" are somewhat generic. For example, what most people refer to as a "hornet" is actually a bald-faced hornet, which is a small subset of the wasp family. Hornets are generally a little bit rounder and fatter than wasps and can be more aggressive. Yellowjackets, comonly mistaken for bees because of their black and yellow coloring, are also a form of wasp.
There is even more info on that site.
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Posts: 7289 | Location: Black Creek, WI Zone 5 | Registered: Sep 18, 2002
My mom used to get them behind the shutters on her house. The paper nest wasps would build large nests. The wasps were quite nasty and we would dislodge the nests with strong water sprays from a hose. I would get rid of it.
Posts: 2611 | Location: Ohio | Registered: Feb 25, 2006
I vote for paper wasp nest too. We have both here bald faced hornets & the paper wasps. They DO bother me. I'm somewhat allergic to paper wasp stings...when stung on a finger I swell up to my elbow & can't move my fingers for 3 days...that's happened twice. The last time, just a few weeks ago, I put bleach on the sting and I didn't swell at all. The hornest build nests that are all enclosed & generally in a tree or bush. We have 2 hornet nests so far, they build a new one each year. One was in a young tree & DH cut the limb off that it was attached to and the other was in a wild blueberry bush...I didn't pick those berries last year! I don't leave paper wasps...I spray them. Just to risky for me.
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