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Was trimming the hedge and I "found" a wasps nest in it.
Seems to be roughly the size of a football.
What would be your next step?
I'm contemplating burning the hedge, it has become a bit tall anyway.
<edit>No, I'm not seriously considering burning the hedge down. For the exact reasons already stated in some answers</edit>
Something that big should be handled by a professional. If you try to get rid of it yourself, you'll just end up getting hurt, or in the case of burning the bush, maybe burning down your house in the process.
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burning the hedge sounds drastic. I'm guessing if the wasps are there it's relatively dry/hot.
I'm picturing a situation where a fire may go out of control. (Embers, or even enough heat jumping to nearby places to start new fires up.)
I'm sure you've heard the stories of a ciggie tossed from a car during a dry spell even though it lands in a ditch or kerb flotsam the embers from that being enough to shift out on even the lightest breeze and go on to destroy forests and neighbourhoods.
Also if still contemplating that FIRST check on your local council / constituency or whatever fire regs are currently in place, these too vary depending on season / current conditions etc.
I had the same situation, and just left them. In my case it was a Bald-faced hornet - Wikipedia nest, I think, that ended up about 30 across and 50 cm high. I think it was late August when I discovered the nest, and decided to leave it alone because a) it had got that big and hadn't caused me or my neighbors any problems, and b) wasps and hornets are little carnivores, eating mosquitoes, so let them have at it!
When winter killed them off, I harvested the nest, providing me with a conversation piece. If you were really into it, you could get some colored construction paper and leave it out where the wasps might find it, and see if the incorporate it into the nest: When Given Colored Construction Paper, Wasps Build Rainbow Colored Nests | Colossal
i used to use starter fluid on them. Ether based, of course. They drop if they get anywhere near the stuff - just spray the nest with the straw from a distance and spray at any that come near you. You don't have to hit them. They will drop like flies.
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The trick I learned from my father, was that since the opening of the nest is at the bottom you can take a tin with kerosene and lift it up on the nest (in the evening when they are inactive).
When they've gotten quiet you can take a knife or a sharp spatula and cut the nest off and push it down into the kerosene.
For this nest I would have needed a bucket though.
I have had one this summer too, a friend of mine who grow in a farm told m to leave it alone, wait for winter and then get rid of it without risks if I want, because the only one that survives until next summer is the queen. But she usually moves out, meaning that the nest would be empty next year.
I don't know if the part of moving out is really true... but I have found several sources with the "wait for winter" advice, so that's what I am going to do
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I once had a nest in the wall of the house which was a pig of a job to get rid of it as it was to dangerous to get near it.
In the end, I bought some powder to kill the nest and used a very long pipe, filled it with the powder and used my compressor to blow the powder all round the entrances to the nest. Repeated this for a few days and after about a week it was dead.
Its one way of killing a nest you can't get near.
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