Hornets Were Trying to Take over the Neighborhood

We walk passed an old house every day. It has been up for sale for over a year now. The real estate company that is maintaining it for the owners who moved abroad does the bare minimum when it comes to lawn care and other needs. A big oak tree ended up being the perfect spot for a huge hornet’s nest. People were being attacked as they walked by at times. We decided to call pest control in Brooklyn to have it removed. I figured we would pay for it and bill the real estate company. Even if they did not pay, we would at least be safe on our walks.

In Brooklyn you might think of being mugged depending where you wander and when. You don’t think of being attacked by hornets in the area. However, wildlife takes up residence where it can. That big old oak tree was the perfect spot for them. We would have ignored them if they were not acting so territorial. I think part of the problem was the nest was on a lower branch. I have seen other nests high in trees we never even knew were there until winter comes and the leaves fall off the trees.

These ones buzzed you as you walked passed the tree. You could get stung depending on what color you were wearing and apparently how you smelled. They would try to intimidate me, but never stung me. Our little boy was not so fortunate. Even our dog got bit. Those big yellow bugs really hurt when they sting too. I was scared for the exterminator who was going to go after them. This nest was as big as a 50 gallon trash bag if you filled it up. Pest companies must have very brave people working for them.