Options For Dealing With A Hornets Nest

Last month I was unpleasantly surprised when my wife pointed out a large nest in one of our trees in the backyard.  We have about 20 trees or so back there, so I hadn’t really noticed it, but she assumed I had.

Our nest is much bigger than this one!
Our nest is much bigger than this one!

When I took a look, I confirmed that it was a hornet’s nest.  Hornets are nasty, and can sting you more than once.  When I saw how big the nest was (about the size of a basketball), I figured I should check about how to get rid of it, especially that it was in a tree that was right over the middle of the yard.  It was about ten feet off the back of the deck, and also in a path where we cross to get to kids stuff, like the sandbox or swing set.

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