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How do You Deal with a Hornets' Nest?


A couple of weeks ago, a massive hornets’ nest fell from one of our trees along the edge of the road. When I say massive, I mean massive. It is about 2 feet wide and 1 foot thick. Thousands of hornets were swarming in and around. It fell close to our home but far enough away that we were not in danger of being stung. However, we needed to figure out how to deal with the hornets’ nest because it's not smart to just do nothing. Right?


Our first response was to just ignore it. It had been a long exhausting day, and we didn’t feel like dealing with it. Maybe by tomorrow, it will magically disappear.

Then we began researching options through Google. The place where you can find a wide variety of choices, but they seemed like a lot of work that we were not comfortable doing ourselves.


Of course, we sought advice from our closest friends who immediately said they would try crazy solutions to wipe out the hornets’ nest. Isn’t that what friends are for?


I posted something on Facebook, and plenty of people liked the post. Some made suggestions on what to do, but I imagine that most were thinking, “I’m glad that isn’t me.” A couple of people said we should throw gas on the nest to kill them off.

Two weeks later, the hornets’ nest remains. The world hasn’t ended because we didn’t immediately jump to resolve the problem, and the hornets have not bothered anyone. In fact, they might be the reason we have zero flies around our house because hornets eat pesky flies. We know something needs to be done but taking time to let the hornets calm down seems to be working in our favor.


If you think about it, we all have hornets’ nests drop into our lives unexpectedly. People will post it on Facebook, and others swarm toward the post. Friends comment saying they have your back no matter how crazy it gets. Some like the post while secretly thinking, “I’m glad that isn’t me.” And, there are always those who throw gas with their comments hoping for an explosion.


In the end, nothing is accomplished except maybe stirring up the hornets even more.


Maybe, just maybe, sitting and doing absolutely nothing is the way to go.

How do you deal with a hornets’ nest?

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