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August 25, 2011


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Jasmine Orenstein

My husband and I had a nasty round with a hornet's nest last weekend. I was the one that discovered it--hanging just inside and above the door--in the toolshed. I had gone after a pair of weed-cutters and they came after me when opening the door disturbed their nest, which was about the size of a cantaloupe. I got stung once as I made a dash for the house, then the sting got infected and landed me in the hospital for three days. My husband destroyed the nest, but got stung twice doing it. He was more tolerant to their stings than I am. They are gone now, but I have developed a phobia of the toolshed. And it's going to be a long time before I will be brave enough to venture inside of it again.


No wonder you developed toolshed phobia! hornet nest removal is definitely a job best left to professionals...

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