Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
This is the hornet nest in a low limb (low enough for me at 5'4" to reach) of a mock crab apple tree in our front yard. Given its size, it had to have been there a while, but didn't discover it until Monday -- despite mowing underneath that limb at least weekly and sitting on a nearby bench for at least half an hour this past Saturday.
This past Monday, when I shook a nearby limb of the mock crab apple, trying to dislodge a small branch with a cluster of dried leaves that had fallen from the adjacent oak tree, my hand was suddenly on fire. I had no idea what had happened until hornets were dive bombing me and chased me as I ran around to the back of the house and turned a garden hose on them. I was lucky. Total of only six stings -- three on one hand, one on the other and one on my shoulder. Later, when I looked in the tree, the nest was so well camouflaged that I had trouble locating it. When I did, I was shocked at how close I had been when I disturbed them.
Two cans of Black Flag spray for stinging insects later, followed by the recommended 24-hour waiting period, we checked the nest. Still some hornets crawling and looping around it. We'll give it another spray treatment and try to get a garbage bag around it so we can get it down and, hopefully, smoother the critters.
We need to make sure they are dead since a grandchild has said she wants to dissect it. We need to be extra cautious though as we know the nest can be active weeks after being sprayed.