Hornets and Wasps can be VERY Dangerous Burning a Bald Faced Hornet Nest Dracarys

Hornets and Wasps can be VERY Dangerous Burning a Bald Faced Hornet Nest Dracarys


Night time is best for visiting hornet/wasp nests you can hear night insects this is a bald faced hornet nest there are around 300 insects in this nest you can hear a fire lighting off a torch is coming close crackle of brush testing the flame strength this is a propane flame thrower also known as a weed burner dramatic music begins the reason the nest doesn’t burn completely is that there are brood inside the cells brood are mostly water, so they dispell heat once you start burning a nest, it’s important to keep the fire going you may notice hornets flying around those are scouts and foragers that were not inside the nest during the burn it is important not to do this when grass is dry we have had lots of rain, so the surrounding brush won’t catch fire you can hear some crackling sounds note the scouts flying around already each colony has ONEqueen in the spring when nests begin, there is one hornet at first, that is the queen Queens are much larger than workers ants move in here right away this is a normal sized worker hornet buzzing can be heard going around the camera none of these workers were present during the burn they often spend the night out in the field and return during daylight that’s why it’s important to follow up any treatment for removal the white packets are brood it’s amazing that this much of the nest it left after burning they actually pull the bodies out of the six sided cells this entire nest is the result of one queen in spring now they are after me and the camera the slightest tap and you’re done! walk away, but do not run they will sting you anyway, but more stings result if you flail or swat at them the nest is uncovered, so they are more defensive than ever you can hear them butting into the microphone speed is reduced for detail they sound like small motorized aircraft you can hear night insects chirping it is actually dark hornets don’t see well but go after objects in low light starting off the fires again frogs are croaking on the pond propane flame thrower starting up again dramatic music is playing a woman’s voice laments the demise of the insects it’s generally a good idea to call professionals to deal with bald faced hornets though their sting is no more potent than most, they are definitely more defensive they are quick to attack near their nest all quiet now only insects and frogs can be heard night birds and bugs a few hornets can be heard flying around again, those were not in the nest during the burn over the next several days, only a few hornets returned and I collected them for study the nest was taken apart by a skunk or some other night prowler if they are not near people, leave them alone thank you for watching stay safe

100 thoughts on “Hornets and Wasps can be VERY Dangerous Burning a Bald Faced Hornet Nest Dracarys

  1. I'm glad we don't have those in Europe! We do have the even larger European hornet (vespa crabro), but they're very gentle. In fact, they're known as "the friendly giant".

  2. 5:28 Rebuilding a devastated community is tough. It's a lot tougher if your insurance didn't cover attacks by a giant flamethrower.

  3. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. We didn't find one of 'em. Not one stinking dink (Wasp) body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like…victory." – Col. Kilgore

  4. When I was a child at camp one summer, I saw a young girl accidentally agitate a hornet nest in the ground. Those buggers stung her legs and she fell over. Luckily people close by grabbed her and moved her away. Since seeing that, I respect these things and do my best to avoid at all costs. Today, I check for nests around my property regularly (especially in spring) and get rid of any I find asap.

  5. For sure.. that's a nuc that needed nukeing! 🙂 I have been stung by these guys many times… it is a NASTY painful sting.. and yes, they are VERY aggressive. Good call… Key down that flame and don't let up until it's ashes! I didn't know they could squirt their venom! Thanks for another gem of a video Fred!

  6. Were those frogs chirping in the back ground noise…if they were tree frogs…would you be interested in catching me about 12 and I will pay you for each frog and pay shipping As well…I have a big frog collection and can always add to my collection…my collection is educational and also to ensure their survival…by means of breeding them…

  7. I have a huge nest by my shed. My dog and I were both stung several times. I ran away and lost my balance falling very hard. Going to be a few days to recover. Never knew they could squirt venom in eyes. Good thing I had glasses on, one tried. Going to kill every last one

  8. It is amazing the nest is still organized after the queen died. Usually the death of the queen will result the remaining members of a nest go feral and attack each other.

  9. Did they rebuild their home and start again after the final burning or just guard it then fly away in shock realising that they have no colony and have been defeated?

  10. I’m slightly disappointed that at the beginning of the film you did not tell us we may want to pause and go grab a bag of popcorn Mr.!

    Irrelevant to the video…
    In one of your Q&As I believe I had seen a music stand, do you by chance play any instruments? Just curious.

  11. I was stung by one of these Bald Face Hornets – just once. It was pure HELL for about 5 full minutes. The pain immediately went away but for 5 full minutes. It felt like someone stuck a soldering iron in the back of my neck.

  12. Mr. Dunn – Sir: “If I had to guess – you work for National Geographic”. I realize I have already placed 2 comments here on your video – but – I am back again and have watched it a third time. This video was “So Well Done” – the picture quality – the music – the graphic comments used to describe what you are thinking and doing – WoW. I have to admit – all of us watching this video agree with what you are doing (especially me because I have experienced a sting from one of these hornets) but what you have done here is “Everything We Need To Know”. These hornets need to be respected. Also – Just like yellow jackets – their nests are Works of Art. THANK YOU..

  13. COOL, LOVE TO SEE THEM SUCKERS ANNIHILATED. I TOOK A BREAK FROM CLEAN OUR CITY PARK, LAID DOWN AND WAS BRUSHING MY HAIR BACK WITH MY HAND AND I GUESS ONE WAS CIRCLING MY ARM PIT WHEN MY ARM CAME DOWN ON IT AND THAT SO AND SO STUNG ME AND I FELT LIKE I'D BEEN HIT WITH A .44 CAL SLUG, POINT BLANK. I WAS UP IN A FLASH AND SCREAMING LIKE A BABY, lol. PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN AS BAD HAD IT BEEN ALMOST ANY WHERE ELSE BUT MY SWEATY ARM PIT. KILL ALL THEM SUCKERS, YEAH! lol

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